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Climbing in Itatiaia National Park

Climb Agulhas Negras and Prateleiras, two iconic peaks of Itaitiaia National Park. The best mountaineering in Brazil, close to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Mountain RangeMantiqueira Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


In this 3 days mountaineering program we’ll climb two peaks in Itatiaia National Park: Agulhas Negras and Prateleiras. Agulhas Negras has 2787 metres, and is one of the highest peaks in Brazil.

Itatiaia is an ideal place for hiking, rock climbing and those getting started in mountaineering, and the landscapes are very beautiful. It was the first national park in the country, and it is easily accessible from the main cities in the central-east region: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

For this program a basic trekking experience is required. Other from that, just the will to enjoy, learn and have fun! All the guides know very well the region, and have been going to Itaitiaia for more than 20 years. And this program can be done all year round.


Day 1 – Travel to Itamonte

The meeting point is in Itamonte, the closest city to the park. We’ll spend the night in a mountain hostel located just 5 km to the entrance to Itaitaia.

Day 2 – Climbing Agulhas Negras – 2787m

After breakfast we go to the starting point of the trek, Rebouças refuge at 2500. The first part is an easy walk for an hour, but after that we have 4 hours of rock scramble and some technical climbs (some of them quite exposed). We will have all the necessary technical equipment. After the summit we go down rappelling, and hike back to Reboucas. Transport back to the hostel.

Day 3 – Climb to Prateleiras – 2630m

We drive back again to Reboucas, in Itaitiaia highlands. From there we start walking towards Prateleiras, a huge rock massif. The hike is shorter than the one to Agulhas Negras, but the ascent more exposed. We then go down and back to the hostel for a snack and shower. From there we drive to Itamonte, where the trip ends.

Please contact me if you are interested in doing these climbs in an iconic place for mountaineering in Brazil, such as Itaitiaia National Park!



Mountain hostel 2 km away from the entrance to Itatiaia National Park.



About the guide

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Rock climbing guide from Brazil.

I started climbing and mountaineering in 1990, and I’ve been doing it for more than 25 years. During those years I climbed in most climbing routes in Brazil, and opened some of the largest routes in the country.

Additionally, I wrote and published 2 climbing books "Dividir and Conquistar" (To Share and To Conquer, 2000) and "Manual de abertura de vias" (Route Opening Manual, 2013). And I also wrote articles for several media and websites.

I’m Industrial Rope Access supervisor and is a certified rescuer in height and confined spaces.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1598 each

Group of 2

USD 877 each

Group of 3

USD 671 each

Group of 4

USD 593 each

Group of 5

USD 516 each

Group of 6

USD 604 each

Group of 7

USD 542 each

Group of 8

USD 500 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

* PRICE is for trips starting on Fridays

* A DISCOUNT offered for trips on Mondays or Tuesdays, or any day of the week booked at least 30 days in advance. The discount depends on the number of people in the group:

- 1 person: 15%

- 2 people: 15%

- 3 people: 15%

- 4 people: 20%

- 5 people: 20%

- 6 people: 25%

- 7 people: 25%

- 8 people: 30%

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