With accessible and amazingly beautiful mountains from the Serra do Mar Massif to Chapada Diamantina, the hardest part about hiking through this rare jewel of a country is deciding which path to take. Christ the Redeemer looks out across Rio de Janeiro from Corcovado Mountain, beckoning you to take on the countless other trails through forest, jungle, beach, and jagged summit.
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Brazil is a huge country in South America that covers a wide range of geographic wonders. The Amazon takes up an enormous chunk of the country in its northwest, including the 6,400 kilometer river running through it, while the coasts are home to some of the best beaches in the world. Hiking in this magnificent land can be done in a variety of ways, from beginner tracks close to the city to far out challenges that test your mettle and might. Tijuca National Park is a great urban getaway for hikers in near Rio de Janeiro in South Brazil. The wildlife is as diverse as its beauty, and the flora is colorful and vibrant. Ibitipoca State Park has canyons, caves, and flowing waterfalls to explore, while the Vale da Lua in Central Brazil accurate takes its name from the seemingly lunar landscape.
Precipitation collects in different ways across the country, though there is no real dry season. The tropical climate in the north and subtropical climate to the south generally provide favorable outdoor conditions for adventurers. The north averages 25 degree (Celsius) while the south averages roughly 18 degrees.
Flying to Brazil is the best way to get there because of its sheer size. Miami, New York, London, Paris, and Frankfurt all have direct flights to Rio. Domestic flights within Brazil are the best way to travel, with TAM Airlines as the largest in the country. Buses are used for getting around short distances, while larger cities like Rio and Sao Paulo have more developed metro systems. For a rare treat, the train from Curitiba to Morretes cuts through an extraordinary coastal mountain range.
You can realistically visit Brazil any time of the year for a great hike, though your best bet for prime conditions lasts from May through November.
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