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.
Most travelers will want to fly, though I hear it is possible to drive.
- 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:
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
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O Professor - Mãe Inácia 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c South America
: Chapada Diamantina
This is one of the best routes in the area. Its is shade in the afternoon. P1 - The route starts in a corner with a handcrack to a ledge than climb with no protection to a bolt (runout, than to the right to a one bolt anchor at the botton of the chimney.(5.10) 160ft. P2. Follow the chimney to a ledge make the anchor. (5.10) 100 ft P3 Follow straight passing some roofs than go right to a ledge for belay. no bolts.(5.11b) 90ft P4 climb going right than up to a cave. The route finishes in this cave...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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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.
|By burlap submariner|
Dec 25, 2013
Anyone know of good english speaking guides in Rio and Vitoria, ES. Looking to head down there for summer 2015.