Serra dos Órgãos National Park – where mountains touch the skies
The great outdoors provide a myriad of opportunities for travelers to get to know countries intimately, at a low cost. When people think of Rio de Janeiro, there are many things that come to mind- Rio Carnival, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Copacabana and so much more!
However, these mainstream attractions are not the only facets to Rio de Janeiro’s allure. Take a one-hour drive out of the city to find yourself face to face with Serra dos Órgãos National Park. Home to over 16 peaks, this dramatic landscape covers an area of 118 sq km. Its highest peak, Pedra do Sino stands at 2,263 metres. However, that is not its main attraction. Standing at 1,692 metres tall, Dedo de Dues is the park’s most visited mountain. It closely resembles a closed fist with the index finger pointing towards the skies, hence its name which translates to God’s finger.
Dedo de Dues | Photo credits: Daniel Garcia Neto
What can I do in the Park?
Here, you can tackle the 42-km trail or just spend the day basking in nature’s wonders. It truly offers a whole range of activities, ranging from family friendly walks to challenging treks for experienced trekkers. The park can be accessed from an entrance, 6km south of Teresópolis or through the city of Petropolis. From the entrances, you can access either the high or low parts of the National Park and that would depend on the type of activities you wish to pursue.
Photo credits: Leo Rey
Those who want to tackle mountaineering, climbing and trekking usually opt for the high parts. The low parts are usually accessed for day trips. However, there you can take short hikes, swim in waterfalls, have picnics and explore the history and culture of the place.
Take note that purchasing tickets and packages for the upper parts have to done in advance. Click here to find out more information!