By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in April shows that from a list of 136 countries, Brazil appears first in potential natural resources, and a large part of that is the amazing terrain and diverse parks that the South American giant has to offer.
From Rio de Janeiro to the Northeastern state of Bahia, as well as the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, nearby Minas Gerais and Goiás, here are five amazing hiking trails in no particular order.
Pico do Pião – Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, MG:
The Ibitipoca State Park is a forested state park is the state of Minas Gerais and is full of caves, canyons and waterfalls. Pico do Pião is the highlight but the area is full of trails like Prainha, Ponte de Pedra and Cachoeira dos Macacos.
American-Brazilian Evan Farr, of the Jinga Experience adventure tourism company based in Rio de Janeiro shares, “The summit of Pico do Pião is unquestionably the best part [of the park]. An unobstructed 360 degree view of vast untouched mountain range of Ibitipoca. Extremely rewarding!”
Vale da Lua – Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, GO:
In English Vale da Lua translates to “Moon Valley”, and the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is in the central Brazilian state of Goiás. Travelers from all over the world are astounded by its beauty per square meter. According to the official website of Chapada dos Veadeiros, the walk to the Vale da Lua is short, but the rocky terrain is challenging. Other popular trails include Cachoeira do Rio Preto and Cachoeira dos Cariocas.
Trilha do Vértice – Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra , RS/SC:
The Aparados da Serra National Park is a national park located in the Serra Geral range of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states in the…