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Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world. The mostly tropical climate is home to the Amazon river (the largest in the world by water volume) and its namesake rainforest.

The country is home to a myriad of natural wonders, though it is not especially known for its climbing, with the possible exception of 007's infamous shoelace prusik in the movie Moonraker. Brazil lacks the high glaciated mountain ranges of the Western South American nations. However, there is plenty of rock, of varying quality. The notorious landscape immediately surrounding Rio de Janeiro hosts a number of long moderates to the summits of Corcovado and Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf).

From tropical sport climbing near Rio de Janeiro beaches, to long routes (20 pitches) in the backcountry, Brazil is underexplored by foreign climbers. There is also some good via ferrata to be had in Brazil.

Getting There 

Most travelers will want to fly, though I hear it is possible to drive.

Travel Information 

  • A valid US passport is required for all trips to South America. Details on how to obtain a passport can be found here.

  • Visa Brazil requires a Visa that must be obtained in advance. The visa must also be used within 90 days of issuance or it is void. Information on obtaining a visa can be found here Not all parts of Brazil are considered "safe" by the standards of the typical tourist. The State Department provides detailed information & travel advisaries on the Country Specific Page for Brazil. Gather as much data as possible, and use your own judgement.

  • If you are traveling to Brazil from another Latin American country, you may be required to present proof of Yellow Fever inoculation. Visit the Brazilian Embassy site for details.

Immunizations are a key consideration for any travel to South America. Currently the CDC recommends the following immunizations for travel to Brazil:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Malaria (pills)

Visit the CDC website for specific, up-to-date information.

  • Language The official language in Brazil is Portugese.

  • Currency The unit of currency is the Reais. Current exchange rates can be found here

63 Total Routes

['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Brazil:
Via das Italianos   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 9 pitches, 700'   Urca (Pao de Acucar area) : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
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Featured Route For Brazil
Nearing the first anchor station.

Teto do Baú 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A1 R  South America : Brazil : Sao Bento da Sapucai
"Teto do Baú" (Baú's Roof) is a classic aid line in the Mantiqueira range, and a super aerial in 90% of its two pitches.Grade is A1 5c french/5.9 YDS line that starts at a small plateau, following the south side tip of Pedra do Baú. After about 40 "Ps" (home made bolts very commom in Brazil shaped as a P, I'll refer to them here as bolts to make reading easier), you reach the first anchor station. From there to the top lies the A1 grade, for you need to climb a bit in order to reach two other bo...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By GMBurns
May 16, 2011

Long shot, but looking to see if there are any partners in Curitiba.

By burlap submariner
Jan 10, 2012

fwiw, the shoelace jugging scene is in "for your eyes only" not "moonraker" the scene was filmed in meteora, Greece.