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Mountain Regions Are Ideal for Hiking

11/03/2014 - 09h19

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GUSTAVO SIMON
FROM SÃO PAULO

Do you enjoy hiking? Esdras Martins, Race Director of São Paulo and Brazilian Hiking Championships, indicates Monte Verde (Minas Gerais) for beginners and Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro) for advanced hikers.

BEGINNER

Monte Verde (Minas Gerais)

Located at 1,400 metre high in the Mantiqueira hills, the little town offers a good variety of hiking routes.

There are well marked trails with intermediate level options. The hiking time is up to 4 hours

BEST TIME winter (dry season)

FROM US$36 per person (includes transport and guide)

WHO TAKES YOU Multisport Mantiqueira: (+55 35) 3438-2410

PACKAGE Meu Mundo Viagens: two nights at the Inn Pine Green with breakfast and hiking included for US$ 200. (+55 11) 5041-3962; meumundoviagens.com.br

ADVANCED

Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro)

The route between Petrópolis and Teresópolis and the mountains of Serra dos Órgãos National Park are very popular.

It takes at least three days, so book hostels. It is steep and tiring at first, but offers a rewarding sight

BEST TIME winter

FROM US$ 167 to US$ 292 per person (it may vary according to the number of tourists). Guide service is included

WHO TAKES YOU check the list of certified guides on parnaso.tur.br; the track is currently closed because of fires in the region; there is no reopening anticipated

PACKAGE Nattrip: one night in Petrópolis at the hotel Abrigo do Açú US$ 270. It includes transport, a trip to Véu da Noiva waterfall and one hike to Castelos do Açú. (+55 21) 3264-0182; nattrip.com.br

Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI

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