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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 For Your Eyes Only. 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.

It is possible to climb in Brazil year-round but the best conditions are found in the winter (May - September) when the weather is cooler and drier.

Brazil uses their own grading system for routes which is used throughout the country. While people are generally familiar with the YDS and French grading systems, Brazilian grades are used the most. A conversion chart can be found at this Wikipedia page.

Note that the Wiki page also lists a Brazilian bouldering scale but the Hueco / V-scale is generally used.

Great info on routes can be found here:

http://www.companhiadaescalada.com.br/pt/livros-de-montanhismo-escalada/50-vias-classicas-no-brasil/

Thanks to Andrea Cockfield for the following guidebook advice: "50 Classic Routes in Brazil" by Flavio and Cintia Daflon, published 2017 by Companhia da Escalada, with English translation is a beautiful new full-color hardback guide showcases the diversity of climbing in Brazil from Rio Grande do Sul to Ceará. Limited copies for sale at Rock and Snow in New Paltz. Here is a link to order: rockandsnow.com/91680/50-cl…

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Most international travelers will want to fly to either the Guarulhos (GRU) airport in the city of Sao Paulo or to the Galeao (GIG) airport in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Travel Information

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VISAS: Brazil used to require visas for travelers with certain passports, such as the United States, based on their foreign policy of reciprocity. Visas have not been required since 2019 but that waiver is coming to an end and visas will be required again starting October 1, 2023 for holders of passports from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. AP News article

Always research the latest visa requirements before you book your travel!

*Not all parts of Brazil are considered "safe" by the standards of the typical tourist. The US State Department provides detailed information & travel advisories 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 Portuguese.

*Currency The unit of currency is the Real (plural is Reais.) Current exchange rates can be found here;From=BRL&To=USD&image.x=18&image.y=13

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Classic Climbing Routes at Brazil

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 16
Coringa
Sport 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 7
Chamine Stop
Trad, Sport 7 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Costao
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
Luis Arnaud
Sport 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
Dedo do Deus (God's Finger) East…
Trad 5 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 25
K2
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Face Leste (East Face)
Trad 16 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 8
Pauliceia Baiana - Pai Inácio
Trad 5 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 51
Via dos Italianos
Sport 9 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Cavalo Louco
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
Ninhos
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
As de Espadas
Sport 4 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
Secundo Costa Neto
Trad, Sport 10 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Coringa Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 16
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport 3 pitches
Chamine Stop Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad, Sport 7 pitches
Costao Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Luis Arnaud Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Morro da Babilonia
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 6 pitches
Dedo do Deus (God's Finger)… Rio de Janeiro > Serra dos Órgãos NP
 12
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
K2 Rio de Janeiro > Corcovado
 25
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 4 pitches
Face Leste (East Face) Rio de Janeiro > Salinas / Três… > Pico Maior
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 16 pitches
Pauliceia Baiana - Pai Inácio Bahia > Chapada Diamantina > Morro do Pai Inácio
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
Via dos Italianos Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 51
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 9 pitches
Cavalo Louco Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 6
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 6 pitches
Ninhos Minas Gerais > … > Grupo 3 > Ninhos
 7
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
As de Espadas Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 4 pitches
Secundo Costa Neto Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport 10 pitches
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