Most of these peaks are separated by diabase dikes with azimuthal orientation. This applies to the separation between Abrolhos and Torre dos Sinos, called Desfiladeiro da Catedral and between Ponta do Tigres and the Esfinge, called Vale das Lágrimas.
I’d say that could also be considered the one of the two most beautiful mountain group from the south of Brazil, it is really gorgeous, the other one been Paraná Peak group. Marumbi is also the beloved place for Waldemar Niclevicz, the most important brazilian climber, he owns a very nice house there.
That mountain group belongs to Marumbi Peak National Park, created in september 24th, 1990.
The view of the group (panorama and informational)
On foot: Leaving the Itupava trail of Quatro Barras, go down the Serra do Mar to the base of the IAP (Instituto Ambiental do Paraná) on the road of prainha until you reach Marumbi train station.
Car: Leaving Curitiba towards Morretes by the Graciosa highway, go down in the village of Porto de Cima, after that follow the road of prainha until you reach Marumbi train station, or Engenheiro Lange station. Park the car and walk from there.
Train: Leave from the railroad at Curitiba, take the train to Paranagua and get off at Marumbi station.
Don’t make a fool of yourself. They’re not high but the altitude difference and the heat (at summer time – sometime reaches 30°C) or the cold (at winter time – it can drop to –5°C) can get you tired in no time!!!
Starting point altitude: 485 meters (1.591 ft)
Mount Olimpo summit: 1.542 meters (5.059 ft)
Altitude gain: 1.057 meters (3.468 ft in 3 to 5 hours)
There’s several trails to different summits. Mostly some of them are forbidden, ask at the adm center for info before start walking. Everyone must register on the way up and on the way down check at the office. Normaly people go up at the direct frontal route to Mount Olimpo and go down after summit Pico do Gigante and Ponta do Tigre, thru the Vale das Lagrimas. The northwest route. The way up is very well marked (actually overmarked!) with iron steps, yellow and red tapes, ropes and eveything, impossible to get lost.
Red TapeNo red tapes so far expect this: DON'T forget to check in and out the mountain at the park administration center.
No fees what so ever.
Respect wildlife and the flora, take out your garbage!
The original route followed by São João river valley to Pico Boa Vista and then to Olimpo. With the advent of the railroad, the trail already started from the Rochedinho to Facãozinho, Boa Vista and then Olimpo. The direct frontal trail was opened in 1.942, used today. These are the conquers of this trail: Rudolf Stamm, Ireneu Pedro Bonatto and Manfredo Kirchner.
The two main trails are Northwest and the Frontal, opened between 1938 and 1942, in the 1940s were installed chains, replaced in 1998/99 by iron steps. The current color coding and marking of trails with colored ribbons were used in 1979, maintained and improved to today.
Right by the park administration there's an old house used as museum, it's for free and you can see all that stuff in there.
Camping out there is great, but people can get really noisy. The train runs all night long but you can get used to the ground shaking hehehe
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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