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Brazil Rock Climbing 

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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

Climbing Season

For the South America area.

Weather station 220.7 miles from here

80 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',29],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Brazil

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Brazil:
Coringa   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   Urca (Pao de Acucar area) : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
Chamine Stop   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 750'   Urca (Pao de Acucar area) : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
Costao   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 1000'   Urca (Pao de Acucar area) : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
Dedo do Deus (God's Finger) East Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 1200'   Serra dos Órgãos National...
K2   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Rio de Janeiro : Corcovado
Leste (East)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 17 pitches, 2788'   Salinas / Três Picos : Pico Maior
Via dos Italianos   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 9 pitches, 700'   Urca (Pao de Acucar area) : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
Secundo Costa Neto   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 10 pitches, 800'   Urca (Pao de Acucar area) : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
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Featured Route For Brazil
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Lagartao 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  South America : Brazil : ... : Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf)
This is one of the more popular routes up the Totem, the huge pillar leaning on the south face of Pao de Acucar. It is a multi-pitch trad/sport route that has hard face, hard crack, and fun chimney climbing. The first ascent party did it without sticky rubber and at the time it was one of the hardest routes in Brasil....[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.
By Arthur Tenorio
Sep 17, 2014
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.