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Off-the-beaten-hike to Pedra do Quilombo

Botafogo, Brazil

Experience hosted by Felipe

8 hoursHosted in English, French and Portuguese
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 3 people
Includes transportation

What you'll do

My experience consists of an authentic forest immersion at Pedra Branca State Park, located 50km away from Zona Sul and which is internationally known as IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area). I visit this Park since 2003, it is three times the size of Tijuca National Park and it hosts the largest urban forest in the country. We will hike in a beautiful circuit part of the "Transcarioca" trails. We will visit the Camorim water reservoir and our final destination is the Quilombo Rock (735m) with a breathtaking view of the city. We will also enjoy a waterfall. We will pass by historic sites utilised by slaves that escaped at the end of XIX century. I will share my knowledge about the ecosystem and the history of the territory and the city since colonial times. By the end of the day you will have hiked approx. 18km in Atlantic Tropical forest. Most cariocas have never been here, I guarantee we will be off the beaten trails.
We meet at 7:00 at Botafogo.
8:00 arrival at the Park - I will drive us there in my car. We start the trail towards the Camorim reservoir. 4km hike (easy).
9:30 Camorim water reservoir
10:00 we continue towards the Quilombo Rock. 5km hike, moderate to difficult - last section assisted with a steel cable. Energy is needed.
12:00 Quilombo Rock
13:00 we start our return
15:00 Camorim waterfall
16:00 we leave the park and return to Botafogo
My experience consists of an authentic forest immersion at Pedra Branca State Park, located 50km away from Zona Sul and which is internationally known as IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area). I visit this Park since 2003, it is three times the size of Tijuca National Park and it hosts the largest urban forest in the country. We will hike in a beautiful circuit part of the "Transcarioca" trails. We will visit the Camorim water reservoir and…

What's included

  • Transportation

Meet your host, Felipe

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
instagram: @folopo
Wilderness First Aid certified (WFA/WMAI-Brasil). Economist and MSc Ecosystem Services. I am offering experiences since May 2019. I am an experienced traveler in Brazil and abroad when it comes to hiking and trekking in remote areas. I have also lived in Germany and Scotland and I speak four languages. I am Brazilian, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. My favourite place on Earth is Chapada Diamantina (Bahia).
I will be more than happy to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about Rio's history and the territory where the Pedra Branca State Park lies, including its link with the slave period and the reasons to protect the largest urban forest in the country.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum)
instagram: @folopo
Wilderness First Aid certified (WFA/WMAI-Brasil). Economist and MSc Ecosystem Services. I am offering experiences since May 2019. I am an experienced traveler in Brazil and abroad when it comes to hiking and trekking in remote areas. I have also lived in Germany and Scotland and I speak four languages. I am Brazilian, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. My favourite place on Earth is Chapada Diamantina (Bahia).
I will be more than happy to share my knowledge and enthu…
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Where you'll be

I visit Pedra Branca State Park since 2003, it is the largest urban park in the country and also hosts the city's tallest peak (Pedra Branca peak at 1.025m). We will visit:
- Camorim water reservoir
- A section of the Transcarioca hiking trail
- Quilombo Rock
- Camorim waterfall
- Historic sites and ruins on the way. Highlight to the church "Igreja São Gonçalo de Amarante" at Camorim, built in 1625, one of the oldest buildings in the city

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Alla
October 2019
Absolutely great hike. Yes it was a bit of a challenge, but totally worth it. It felt almost like in the wild, no other groups, just us and Felipe. And he is genuinely caring person, happy we met him, would not want any other guide.
Primrose
August 2019
Never thought I'd ever hike in the rain, Filipe gave me a lifetime experience. He could have canceled the tour because of the weather but when I asked to do it regardless he gladly agreed. I enjoyed the challenge and he made sure I was safe.
Never thought I'd ever hike in the rain, Filipe gave me a lifetime experience. He could have canceled the tour because of the weather but when I asked to do it regardless he gladly…
Laura
July 2019
Cette expérience proposée par Felipe est une vraie expérience: une incursion au coeur d'une forêt préservée, une randonnée de 19km aller-retour avec des montées, des descentes, des pierres, quelques troncs d'arbre à enjamber... à l'arrivée sur la pedra do quilombo, la vue sur Rio de Janeiro à une hauteur de 735 mètres vaut tous les efforts physiques réalisés ! Pour ma part, la réalisation d'un tel effort physique et mental m'a apporté beaucoup de satisfaction, l'impression de réaliser un défi, de dépasser mes limites... Felipe s'est aussi montré très sympathique, professionnel et encourageant et m'a beaucoup aidée dans certains moments de fatigue. Je recommande beaucoup cette expérience mais je conseille de la réaliser en disposant d'une assez bonne condition physique et d'être assez reposé car il n'y a pas d'alternative en cas de fatigue, il faut faire le retour sur 9 km !
Cette expérience proposée par Felipe est une vraie expérience: une incursion au coeur d'une forêt préservée, une randonnée de 19km aller-retour avec des montées, des descentes, des…
Renata
July 2019
A Trilha da Pedra do Quilombo nos propicia uma vista estupenda do Rio. Lá no alto, acima de 700m, avistamos a grandiosidade da conexão entre a Mata Atlântica, a baixada de Jacarepaguá e o mar. Caminhamos quase 20km por uma trilha fechada e bem sinalizada, com trechos íngremes, muito zigue-zague, e três pequenos trechos de escalaminhada. A natureza é exuberante. Os pássaros são uma sinfonia permanente na trilha. Felipe é um apaixonado pelo local e nos conecta com a mata... Enfim, se vc tem disposição, fôlego e espírito aventureiro, é uma grande experiência!!
A Trilha da Pedra do Quilombo nos propicia uma vista estupenda do Rio. Lá no alto, acima de 700m, avistamos a grandiosidade da conexão entre a Mata Atlântica, a baixada de Jacarep…
Kaushal
June 2019
It was a great experience, a good long walk in the forest. And Felipe is a fantastic host! Go if you're fit for 18km
Alpesh
June 2019
Great guide who is genuinely passionate about hiking. Really good opportunity to do some hiking outside of the typical sugarloaf, gavea, Bonita etc.

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Drinking water bottle (2L) to spend the day outdoors

Insect repellent and sun protection lotion