Climb Pedra do Sino in Brazil

Trek through thick rainforest to reach the highest point in the Serra dos Orgãos National Park. 2 days.

Hike along shaded trails, climb slopes covered in lush Atlantic rainforest and see granite outcrops that reach for the sky as you climb to the summit of Pedra do Sino, with panoramic views all the way back to Rio and Guanabara Bay.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1 nights accommodation
  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and snacks
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance to the National Park

Perfect for: Active travellers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro in search of far-reaching views.

Need To Know

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

Rio de Janeiro is the closest airport and from there you take the bus to Teresópolis (around one hour and a half). You’ll need to have at least one night in Teresópolis before the hike as you meet at 08:00.

Travelling from the UK, British Airways operates direct flights to Rio de Janeiro. There is a wide choice of airlines offering indirect flights via Europe, or Avianca fly from London via Bogota, Colombia.

The food is simple but filling, usually pasta in the evening, with sandwiches and nuts for snacks and plenty of hot drinks.

We can cater to dietary requirements - please let us know at time of booking.

The Serra dos Órgãos is cooler than Rio de Janeiro due to the altitude, with temperatures in the day usually reaching 15-20°C and often sunny. At night the temperature drops as low as 0°C so you should be prepared with some warm clothes for the mornings and evenings.

You’ll need to pack-

  • Comfortable walking boots
  • Light, comfortable clothing
  • Sleeping bag (down to 0°C)
  • Any personal toiletries or medication
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Wide brimmed hat or baseball cap
  • Insect repellent
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • A fleece or jumper for evenings
  • Water purifying tablets or drops
  • A rucksack with a rain cover and hip support belt
  • Trekking poles are highly recommended
  • Waterproof jacket

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of 2 people and a maximum of 6, so you’ll be hiking with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

You should have a good general level of fitness to undertake the hike - it is considered an intermediate level walk, with up to 11km walked each day and plenty of uphill stretches.

The only extra costs are travel to and from Teresópolis.


View map

Located just be an hours drive from Rio de Janeiro, the Serra dos Órgãos National Park feels a world away from the bustle and traffic of the city. The park was named by Portuguese settlers, who thought that the granite peaks in the area looked like the pipes of an organ - or órgãos in Portuguese. Home to thousands of species of birds, mammals and insects, along with hundreds of plant species unique to the area, the park contains winding valleys, plunging cliffs and rocky granite outcrops that jut out above the rainforest covered slopes. At 2,255 metres The summit of Pedra do Sino is the highest point in the park, with views over the surrounding mountains and forests, as well as Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay in the distance.

Start point?

You’ll meet your guide at the National Park centre in Teresópolis at 08:00.

Finish point?

You’ll return to the National Park centre in Teresópolis at 14:00 on day two.

Getting there and away?

Regular buses run from Rio de Janeiro to Teresópolis several times a day and take around an hour and a half. It’s best to arrive in Teresópolis the night before your tour as you’ll be meeting your guide at 08:00 on day one. After the tour you’ll be able to travel back to Rio de Janeiro the same afternoon if you wish.

What to Expect

Day 1: Summit Pedra do Sino

Meet your guide and fellow hikers in Teresópolis, a city in the foothills of the Serra dos Orgãos National Park, once home to runaway slaves from the sugar plantations of Rio de Janeiro.

Head to the trailhead and begin your hike through the rainforest, passing waterfalls and keeping an eye out for monkeys in the canopy above, as well as the many plant species unique to the region.

Climb up through the forest and onto the rocky outcrop above, with plenty of breaks to rest and enjoy your surroundings

Enjoy the panoramic views over the entire national park from the 2,255-metre high summit of Pedra do Sino and on a clear day, see Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay in the distance.

Stay for sunset and then make your way to a mountain lodge where you’ll stay tonight in time for a hearty meal and some serious stargazing.

Total distance walked – 11km, 4-5 hours

Day 2: Orchids and the Devil’s Needle

Rise with the sun in your mountain shelter and eat breakfast, before setting off on the Caminho das Orquídeas trail, home to rare orchids.

Reach the Mirante do Inferno viewpoint and rest and recharge whilst enjoying the views of the Devil’s Needle – a favourite rock climbing spot that resembles a finger reaching towards the sky.

Follow the trail back through the forest to Teresópolis, where your trip will end.


You’ll be staying in a mountain lodge inside the Serra dos Orgãos National Park. Accommodation is rustic and simple, with bunk beds in a dorm and shared bathrooms. Hot showers are available depending on the weather - and it goes without saying there’s no wi-fi or phone signal.