Agulhas Negras Peak, Itatiaia

#4 of 14 in Parks in Itatiaia
Geologic Formation Nature / Park
At 2,791 m (9,157 ft), Agulhas Negras Peak, or Black Needles Peak, is the fifth highest mountain in Brazil, and the highest point in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Although the climb to the very top isn't the easiest of undertakings, the base camp Abrigo Rebouças is the highest point in Brazil that you can reach in a regular car, so you are guaranteed spectacular scenery no matter your fitness. If you do make it to the peak, you will be rewarded with a far-reaching, mountainous vista; lush tropical vegetation, pierced here and there by the spiky rock formations that give the peak its name. Put Agulhas Negras Peak into our Itatiaia holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Recommend if the weather is really good. The trails are relatively quiet, but if you have back pain, knee or without anti-slip sole ... don't do trails, visit the Museum that you will enjoy too.
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  • Pretty cool to get to the top of one of the highest mountains of the country. It is necessary to have proper equipment to reach the Summit book, so it is good to hire a local guide. In the winter the Park fills up and you have to arrive early to get up because there's a limit of people on the peak.
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  • To take the Pico das Agulhas Negras are recommended some cautions: 1. Hire a guide accredited by the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia; 2. Wake up early and get to the park before 6 A.M., to ensure a good spot in line, because it is allowed only 80 people per day to ascend the peak; 3. Wear clothing and gloves to protect from the cold and wind, plus pass sunscreen; 4. Take backpack with hydration and nutrition for a day. The thrill of climbing to some of the highest points of Brazil is fantastic! The-hike "up is exciting is the view from the top of the Peak. Is very worthwhile!
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Where to stay in Itatiaia

Despite being the largest town in the area, Itatiaia offers relatively few places to stay. Your best bet is to look for accommodations in the town center, near Praça da Emancipação, where you'll find a few small hotels and inns. If you want to visit the national park, look for accommodations at the park's entrance, or even inside its boundaries, rather than in town. You can also find a much larger selection of accommodations in Penedo, just a few kilometers down the road.
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