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Seeking a host and trekking guide during Carnaval 2010
Posted January 11th, 2010 - 12:56 am by from Colorado Springs, United States (Permalink)
Hello Trekking members,

My name is Val and my friend, Ian Usher, and I will be visiting Rio during Carnaval next month and would really appreciate some guidance and possibly a place to stay. Ian is an Aussie and I am from Colorado, USA. I met Ian when my wife and I hosted him in Colorado for some mountain climbing and we became quick friends. Now I am joining him for a trip to South America where we will visit Peru and Argentina before visiting Rio during Carnaval.

We are interested in attending a few Carnaval events and do enjoy a beer or two but are equally interested in trekking around Rio. We are already planning the tourist obvious thinks like climbing Surgarloaf and Corcovado but would appreciate any tips for other areas for lodging and playing. We are also eager to go hang gliding while there.

If you can host us or offer any suggestions, please let us know.

Thanks and have a great day!

Posted January 12th, 2010 - 12:47 pm from Teresopolis, Brazil
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Posted January 12th, 2010 - 7:31 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)

If you're interested in short - 1 day - hikings, there are many options in Tijuca's forest, including waterfalls or not. You can try Pico da Tijuca or Pico do Papagaio, for example. Also in the west zone there are many options, usually close to the beach.
For longer hikes, you have to try Travessia da Serra dos Orgãos, linking the cities of Petropolis and Teresopolis in the nearby mountains. With 30km, it's normally done in 2 or 3 days, although experienced hikers sometimes do it in just one day. Off course, if you stay longer you'll need camping gear.
Keep in mind that it is *very* hot nowadays in Rio. Whatever you do, take lost of water.


Posted January 13th, 2010 - 6:18 am by from Colorado Springs, United States (Permalink)
Hello Pedro,

Thanks for the trekking tips! I had just heard about Tijuca's forest and will likely try to get there. As far as the longer treks, I wish we had more time there. May have to do that next time - I will share w/ Ian though as I believe he is planning to stay a few more days than I am able to.

Best wishes,


Posted January 13th, 2010 - 6:08 am by from Colorado Springs, United States (Permalink)
Hello Marcel,

Thanks for your suggestions. Will be arriving mid day Saturday 13/2. I will be leaving around midnight Tue 16/2 and I think Ian is planning on staying a couple more days.

All trekking is good but probably prefer hills as I appreciate the physical challenge and the view from the top!

We may have a couch offer but not yet confirmed so open to possibilities.