My experience consists of nature and history exploration at Pedra Branca State Park, located 50km away from Zona Sul and which is internationally known as IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area). I visit this Park since 2003, it is three times the size of Tijuca National Park and it hosts the largest urban forest in the country. We will hike in a beautiful circuit part of the "Transcarioca" trails. We will visit the Camorim water reservoir and our final destination is the Quilombo Rock (735m) with a breathtaking view of the city. We will also enjoy a waterfall. We will pass by historic sites utilised by slaves that escaped at the end of XIX century. I will share my knowledge about the ecosystem and the history of the territory and the city since colonial times. By the end of the day you will have hiked approx. 18km in Atlantic Tropical forest. Most cariocas have never been here, I guarantee we will be off the beaten trails and that we will be alone for most of the time. We meet at 7:00 8:00 arrival at the Park. We start the trail towards the Camorim reservoir. 4km hike (easy). 9:30 Camorim water reservoir 9:45 we continue towards the Quilombo Rock. 5km hike, moderate to difficult - last section assisted with a steel cable. Energy is needed. 12:00 Quilombo Rock 13:00 we start our return 15:00 Camorim waterfall 16:00 we leave the park and return to Botafogo
instagram: @folopo Wilderness First Aid certified (WFA/WMAI-Brasil). Economist and MSc Ecosystem Services. I am offering experiences since May 2019. I am an experienced traveler in Brazil and abroad when it comes to hiking and trekking in remote areas. I have also lived in Germany and Scotland and I speak four languages. I am Brazilian, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. My favourite place on Earth is Chapada Diamantina (Bahia). I will be more than happy to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about Rio's history and the territory where the Pedra Branca State Park lies, including its link with the slave period and the reasons to protect the largest urban forest in the country. “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum)
Brazilian snacks for hiking: cashew nuts, dried banana/guava paste, cocoa biscuit, salty crackers
I visit Pedra Branca State Park since 2003, it is the largest urban park in the country and also hosts the city's tallest peak (Pedra Branca peak at 1.025m). We will visit: - Camorim water reservoir - A section of the Transcarioca hiking trail - Quilombo Rock - Camorim waterfall - Historic sites and ruins on the way. Highlight to the church "Igreja São Gonçalo de Amarante" at Camorim, built in 1625, one of the oldest buildings in the city
Drinking water bottle (2L) to spend the day outdoors
Total hiking is long (18km) on mountainous terrain under the forest canopy. For those who feel comfortable walking at least six hours (3h30 + 2h30 return). No need to be an athlete/regular hiker but energy/strength is required to reach the summit (735m). I guarantee we will be off the beaten track.
Off-the-beaten-hike to Pedra do Quilombo