The huge plateau of Itatiaia has an average altitude of 2.350m high, and you can find yourself hiking from 2.200m to 2.450m without reach one summit whatsoever, from point to point at the park. North to South, East to West. So, the park holds dozens of peaks and hills above 2.500m and this makes it the biggest concentration of 8000ft peaks in Brazil. No other place equals Itatiaia in that matter or in beauty of course.
Morro do Cristal is one of the places inside the park no one goes, partially because they don't know it or/ and never heard its name even from someone that went there. In fact, the only one I know that summited the mountain before me was my friend and partner Tacio Philip, and I was with him when he did it back in 2010 (or 2011, not sure about that). At the time I decided not to do it since we had like 17kms to hike that day only, and I didn't want to spoil my good strength for the next day (now I figure I was getting sick already), the day we would work on our summit bid for Serra Negra Peak. So,while he did his own summit bid in Morro do Cristal, Pedro Hauck and me sit our butts at its base at around 2.380m by the traverse route and talked for about 90 minutes. Just waiting for Tacio.
Easy access, easy ascent, and even so nobody thinks about Morro do Cristal. Not a good looking peak either I must add, but the views, wow! Serra Negra rises from the deep valley like a hairy giant and the other nearby peaks like Pedra do Sino de Itatiaia (2.670m), Unnamed Peak 1 (2.649m) and Agulhas Negras Peak (2.792m) really turn the view into a painting.
Some more shots of the area
Red tapeThe Park has hard rules.
Don't bring drinks; Inflamable fuel; Knives and fire arms.
There is electric power inside the hut and that's all. Therefore, take the whole equipment needed, like flashlights, headlamps, stoves, food and proper clothing. The trails are relatively easy, but for the unexperienced mountaineer it can become tricky, mainly if you get lost.
Taxes to visit and to climb inside the park:
US$ 2 person per day to sleep at the hut and US$ 6 for entry (once);
There is a parking lot by the park entrance.
Be careful not to step over one of these:
The Maldonada Redbelly Toad (Melanophryniscus moreirae) is a species of toad in the Bufonidae family. It is endemic to Brazil. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, swamps, and intermittent freshwater marshes. His name here at Brazil is "Sapo Flamenguinho". It takes that name because of the brazilian football team Flamengo (it has the same colors: black and red.
He was chosen to be symbol of the park. This frog lives only in this area. That´s why they don´t allow cars inside the Itatiaia National Park during the breeding season (between december and february).
Sat info views
PS: The weather forecast on this link is not for this mountain but it will do just fine since the mountain from the forcast (Black Needles) is just a few kms away from it.
To hike/ climb is a dangerous activity and requires proper equipment and clothing, the owner of this page cannot be blamed by injuries caused to anyone who read this page for its info about the mountain, and eventually got hurt by doing so with reckless behaviour or bad weather conditions.
Paulo Roberto Felipe Schmidt – AKA: PAROFES
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