National Park and Itamonte
tour leaves Rio or São Paulo by car with an overnight at
our base for touring. Itamonte, which is at an elevation
of 906 m in southern Minas Gerais State, is about 250 km from both
Rio and São Paulo. Local tours are operated by Outside
Safari are in a Jeep
or a special Pick-up
with 4 seats providing unrestricted vision for great photographs
and true feeling for the environment. At least two overnights
are recommended in order to see and enjoy the major attractions
of Itatiaia National Park. The following tours are recommended:
(1) The "Prateleiras"
(2548 m), (2)
do Couto" (2590 m), (3)
Mini Rafting which is suitable for beginners and
teenagers. For those who have more time, (4) The
Negras" (Black Needles - 2787m), and of course
horseback riding are recommended as well. Itamonte
has many trout breeding farms. Trout is one of the delicacies available
in most area restaurants. Itamonte was part of the 18th century
"Golden Trail" that was used by the Portuguese to send
gold from Ouro Preto to Paraty, from there to Rio and finally to
A nice, quiet village not far away
from Caxambu and São Lourenço, two famous hydrothermal
cities, with plenty of options for hiking, climbing, trekking, kayaking,
rafting, horseback riding and resting as well. Dairy products, eggs
and trout are the main local production. The area has plenty of
waterfalls of clear water, ideal for a minirafting.
One of the most
spectacular landscapes of Brazil. The
"Black Needles" Peak is composed by "Nephline Syenite",
found also in Kola (Norway) and here. One easy hiking is the "Pico
do Couto". The "Prateleiras" (Shelves) is a more
difficult one and the most difficult is Black Needles itself. Temperature
can drop to minus 5 C at these elevations during winter!
This is one of the most popular
hiking trails in the upper part of the Itatiaia National Park. In
about one and half hours, you can have a spectacular 360 degree
view including the whole Paraíba River Valley. Sometimes
you may be above the clouds.
another popular hiking trail with some difficult passages. It takes
about 2 hours to reach the top, from there you can see the Black
Needles about 4 km to the NE. The use
of ropes may be necessary for safety. This trail
should not be attempted without an experienced guide. Fog often
reduces visibility to zero.
of the best (and safest) options, is the 'Mini-Rafting"
done with a special patented buoy developed by OutsideSafari for
that activity. Lots of fun for the whole Family! You do not need
to have any experience, just start and that's it ! And do it again!
We depart with a Jeep from Itamonte to the rafting area appropriate
for that season and group. An exciting Full Day option.
Itamonte and its surroundings
are located in a valley that contains many creeks and rivers. They
are originated in the upper part of the Itatiaia National Park which
ends up in beautiful waterfalls of all kinds and types. The combination
of the Rain Forest and waterfalls sometimes are of unbelievable
beauty. Many of them are almost inaccessible making them hidden
This option is an alternative
to the Miini-rafting where adequate conditions are available with
water temperatures up to 25 Centigrade in Summer. The areas which
will be visited have a different and impressive landscape and makes
you remember its wildness and beauty for a lifetime.
is also a good option, but mainly for those who have experience.
Good physical conditioning is required. Some waterfalls
increases adrenaline during short periods. Only a fortunate minority
ever get to experience this world below the rims.