Brazil is not the first destination that comes to mind when discussing such activities as trekking or hiking. But Brazil is a large country with 8 000 km of coastline, seventy some national parks and almost 50% of its surface covered by the Amazon rainforest, all adding to one of the greatest biologycal diversities in the world. Although not as famous or as challenging as the Andes tracks in Peru and Bolivia, the Brazilian highlands offer great landscapes and wildlife spotting in trails that are more accessible but just as beautiful and awe-inspiring. The Pantanal wetlands and waterfalls found in the highlands plateaus also make for an exciting hiking trip in Brazil.
There are many other sites in Brazil for hiking that sometimes is combined with other outdoor activities or sports. In Rio de Janeiro the trip to Sugarloaf Mountain, that lasts about four hours, can go on with an hour of rock climbing. Also, a six hour trip to Pedra da Gavea means that you visit a waterfall and then get to swim in the ocean. Another easy trail is the one to the Pico de Tijuca, also in Rio. A more difficult hike that can last up to eight hours is the 25 km between Lencois and Capao Valley in the Chapada Diamantina National Park. The sights are marvelous and make all the effort worth it. There are many other trails in the park but most of them are old mining routes that are not marked most of the time so a map and compass are required as well as a good orientation sense. Do not go on any of these routes unless you are sure you know what you are doing. Ilha Grande offers an 11 km trail leading up to Pico de Papagaio. The view from the top is sure to take your breath away. Use a guide unless you have a lot of experience in mountain climbing.
To go hiking in Brazil you first have to find flights to Brazil – unless you are lucky enough to already live there! A flight to the Latin American country can cost you a lot of money depending also on your place of origin. But there are companies that provide cheap flights to Brazil and special offers on tickets, such as TAM Airlines, a recognized airline company. Catch their offers and go on an amazing and inspiring hiking trip to Brazil that doesn’t have to cost you that much money. .
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