Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
Mountain Project Logo

Areas in Brazil

Amazonas 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Bahia 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Ceará 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Minas Gerais 1 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Paraná 8 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Rio Grande do Norte 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Rio de Janeiro 21 / 33 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 46
Santa Catarina 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
São Paulo 3 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 38
Elevation: 1,202 ft
GPS: -9.709, -53.086 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 59,140 total · 553/month
Shared By: Monomaniac on Feb 1, 2010 with updates from Andrea Cockfield
Admins: Tony Yeary, Raiden

Description

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.

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…

Getting There

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

  • 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

121 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Brazil Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

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
 11
Coringa
Sport 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 5
Chamine Stop
Trad, Sport 7 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Costao
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Luis Arnaud
Sport 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Dedo do Deus (God's Finger) East…
Trad 5 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 11
K2
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Leste (East)
Trad 17 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Pauliceia Baiana - Pai Inácio
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Via dos Italianos
Sport 9 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Cavalo Louco
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
As de Espadas
Sport 4 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 5
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…
 11
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport 3 pitches
Chamine Stop Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 5
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…
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Luis Arnaud Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Morro da Babilonia
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 6 pitches
Dedo do Deus (God's Finger)… Rio de Janeiro > Serra dos Órgãos NP
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
K2 Rio de Janeiro > Corcovado
 11
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 4 pitches
Leste (East) Rio de Janeiro > Salinas / Três… > Pico Maior
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 17 pitches
Pauliceia Baiana - Pai Inácio Bahia > Chapada Diamantina
 3
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…
 27
5.10 6b 20 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
As de Espadas Rio de Janeiro > Urca (Pao de Ac… > Pao de Acucar (Sugarl…
 3
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…
 5
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport 10 pitches
More Classic Climbs in Brazil »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos

GMBurns  
Long shot, but looking to see if there are any partners in Curitiba. May 16, 2011
fwiw, the shoelace jugging scene is in "for your eyes only" not "moonraker" the scene was filmed in meteora, Greece. Jan 10, 2012
Just to improve the information about climbing season. In Brazil, especially over the Southeast the "dry" season is from May to September. So it is over this period that the mountain activities are practiced with more frequency. Of course this is a tropical country, so don't ever expect a perfect forecast. Over south, west, north and northeast you will find totally different weather and dry season period. Sep 17, 2014

More About Brazil

Printer-Friendly
What's New
Guidebooks (3)

All Photos Within Brazil (296)

Most Popular · Newest · Random