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“Great hike to Pedra do Sino with an awesome sunrise and view to Rio on a clear day”

Serra dos Orgaos National Park
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Day Trip to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Teresopolis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“Great hike to Pedra do Sino with an awesome sunrise and view to Rio on a clear day”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

I have visited the Teresopolis side of the park several times over my various visits to Brazil. Most recently I hiked to the top of Pedra do Sino (about 14 km hiking from the park entry), which is the highest point in the state of Rio, and stayed two nights at the lodge which is approximately 20 minutes before the peak.

The hike on the way up involves a 3 km walk through the park grounds to the start of the hike where it's a further 11km, which is reasonably steep in all sections besides a few flat stretches. Most of the hike is through dense forest though there are a few waterfalls (water is potable from the second on wards) and some lookouts.

The lodge is a very simple affair with bunk beds and tents for hire (or you can bring your own). There is no linen available and no blankets so you'll have to self-provide (it gets very cold here at night, even during summer). You'll also have to bring your own food as it cannot be purchased. There are basic cooking facilities. Accommodation can be pre-booked online (good luck as the pre-purchase option probably won't work) or at the entry to the park. The park is very busy during winter, especially on weekends, so it's advisable to book ahead at this time of year but outside this period you should be safe just booking upon arrival in the park.

The view from the top of Pedra do Sino is spectacular at sunrise and during the night, when the lights of Rio can be seen. There are also a few other side trips that can be done. Information is available at the lodge.

If you're planning on doing the Travessia between Petropolis and Teresopolis then bear in mind that the middle section of the track is almost completely unmarked and with many forks in the track so the risk of getting lost is very high.

Visited January 2014
8 Thank Andrew M
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“Serra dos Orgaos National Park 4 hour walk”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

A friend and I took a 4 hour round trip walking in the Serra dos Orgaos National Park as we were staying in Teresopolis. The queue to the carpark entrance long when we arrived on a Sunday but that was deceptive as it moved quite quickly and we managed to start walking away from the crowds as they were mostly wanting to swim in the pools near the park car park. We took the Postal trail which was 3-4 hours round trip up and down fairly steep mud trail with occasional steps in the path. A bit slippy after rain. You are rewarded with a spectacular view of Dedo de Deus at the top. Take water and a snack.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Joanne W
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“Worthwhile if you like to hike”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

A place to go specially during brazilian cold weather period (may-jul), when the skies are clear and there is very little chance of rain. Lots of short hikes and chances of camping overnight or make a 3 days full crossing from Teresopolis to Petropolis. The entrance in the outskirts of the city of Petropolis is also worthwhile.

Visited December 2011
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“Fantastic! Real Atlantic Forrest and great hikes”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

What a nice place to visit when you want to immerse yourself in nature. There are lots of short hikes to various lookouts (1-4 hours), a full day hike to the top of the tallest mountain, or a 3 day hike to Petropolis. Really nice nature and helpful staff. Only 90 minutes from Rio. Recommended.

Visited March 2012
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“Covered in clouds - not much to see in the Summer”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

I was told by the people working in the park that it is only really worth climbing the peaks in the winter.

In the summer it is almost always cloudy. They also said it was important to book ahead for the trails to the peak in the winter because it is packed. You might arrive on spec and not be allowed to go up.

The trail is quite tough and its advisable to have stout shoes or walking boots.

Visited February 2012
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