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Mountain Bike, Hike and Abseil in the ‘Garden of Brazil’

Hike to waterfalls, bike across a mountain range and abseil down limestone cliffs in the Serra do Cipó National Park. 3 days.

  • Brazil
  • Year round
  • Tancredo Neves International Airport, Belo Horizonte. Check flights

Get away from the crowds and take in the scenery of the Serra do Cipó National Park, home to high peaks, deep gorges, Atlantic rainforest, Brazilian savannah and cascading waterfalls, whilst enjoying three different high-adrenalin activities.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, snacks and drinking water
  • Mountain biking and abseiling equipment
  • Local transportation

Perfect for: Active travellers who want to try a range of activities in one of the least explored and most diverse National Parks in Brazil.

Need To Know

The only extra costs are any soft or alcoholic drinks you wish to buy and evening meals - your guesthouse has a range of options to eat in the evening.

You should have a good general level of fitness. You’ll hike 16km on day one but with plenty of breaks to rest and recharge. You should either have mountain biking experience, or be a confident rider. There’s no need to have abseiled before - you’ll have a full safety briefing.

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of one and a maximum of fifteen, 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’ll need to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Good walking boots
  • Swimming costume and lightweight towel
  • A hat
  • Comfortable clothes suitable for hiking and mountain biking

The weather is hot all year round in this part of Brazil, with temperatures between 18°C and 30°C in the summer months of October to April. The rainfall is also highest in these months, however, so you should be prepared for showers, with November to February being the wettest.

Between May and September is the best time to travel, with lower rainfall and cooler temperatures of 15°C and 25°C.

A filling breakfast of eggs, bread, cheese or fruits will be provided. During the day while hiking, food will include freshly made sandwiches, dried fruits, cereals, nuts, and cookies.

Dinner is not included, but your guesthouse provides a range of options in the evening.

We are able to cater to dietary requirements - please let us know at the time of booking.

Tancredo Neves International Airport is 28 kilometres from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. It is well served by flights from both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which take around 1 hour and fifteen minutes from both, along with direct flights from most airports across Brazil.

The trip starts early on day one at 08:00, so you’ll either need to book a very early flight or arrive the day before. You’ll return to the airport at 18:00 on the final day of the trip, so book a late flight or again, stay another night in Belo Horizonte.

From the UK you can fly via Lisbon with TAP or Paris with Air France directly into Belo Horizonte.

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Location

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Situated in the south-east of Brazil, Minas Gerais is the fourth largest state in the country and a major producer of coffee. Its capital Belo Horizonte (Beautiful Horizon) is the third largest city in Brazil after Rio and Sao Paulo and is completely surrounded by mountains.

The Serra do Cipó National Park covers over 78,000 acres and is renowned for its biodiversity and sheer variety of climates. With landscapes ranging from mountain savannah to Atlantic rainforest, the area includes the Espinhaço Mountains and the third highest waterfall in Brazil at 273 metres. The famous Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx, called this area the ‘Garden of Brazil’ because of the unique range of plants and flowers growing here.

Start point?

You’ll be collected from either Tancredo Neves International Airport, or your hotel in Belo Horizonte at around 07:00 on day one.

Finish point?

You’ll be returned to either Tancredo Neves International Airport or your hotel in Belo Horizonte at around 17:00 on day three.

Getting there and away?

Tancredo Neves International Airport is 28 kilometres from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. It is well served by direct flights from both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which take around 1 hour and fifteen minutes from both. If you’re coming from anywhere else in Brazil the airport is well connected, with a wide choice of indirect flights with short stopovers - common when flying internally in Brazil.

From the UK, British Airways operate direct flights to both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with LATAM also flying directly to São Paulo. There are also a wide choice of airlines that fly indirect via Europe, including TAP who fly via Lisbon directly to Belo Horizonte if you want to start or end your time in Brazil with this trip.

What to Expect

Day 1: Hike to the Farofa Waterfall

Meet your guide at either Tancredo Neves International Airport (Formerly International Airport Confins) or your hotel in Belo Horizonte.

Drive for around one hour to the Serra do Cipó National Park, stopping for breakfast along the way.

Set off on foot into the park and trek through its two largest valleys, Bocaina and Mascates, whilst spotting tucans, monkeys and colourful hummingbirds.

Arrive at the Farofa waterfall, where clear mountain water tumbles over three tiers and into the deep pool below.

Enjoy a refreshing swim and plenty of time to relax, before hiking to your hotel for the next two nights, set inside the National Park itself.

Relax around the swimming pool with a cold drink in hand and then eat dinner (not included - paid locally) before settling down for the night.

Day 2: Mountain Bike to the Tabuleiro Waterfall

Eat breakfast at the hotel and then drive for around one hour deep into the mountains.

Arrive at the start point for the mountain biking trail, 1,300 metres above sea level.

Ride along a mountain ridge, with views to both sides of valleys, savannah and thick rainforest.

Arrive at the Tabuleiro waterfall, the third highest falls in Brazil, where whitewater cascades off a sheer cliff, and down 273 metres into the pool below.

Drive back to the hotel for sunset views over the surrounding savannah. Pay for dinner locally at the hotel this evening.

Day 3: Abseil the Limestone Cliffs of Morro da Pedreira

After breakfast, set off for the sculpted limestone face of Morro da Pedreira, reputed to be the best climbing spot in the whole of Brazil, for your abseiling experience. Hike up a steep (but short) trail to the starting point and climb into your harness.

After a safety briefing, abseil down the cliffs, trying to absorb the view as you go down!

Take time out for lunch at the bottom and then head out of the National Park and back to the airport where your trip will end.

Accommodation

You’ll stay for both nights in a guesthouse in Serra do Cipó village. All rooms are en-suite twins or doubles and the hotel is cosy and characterful with a swimming pool to relax around.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Hotel in Belo Horizonte Payable In Resort
Double room in midrange hotel BRL300.00

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