And even so, you must get inside the park before 9am and get out before 5pm, otherwise you'll find yourself in trouble.
The best option is to reserve the Rebouças Hut, that means you'll be inside the park to sleep and it's gonna be easy to visit other summits without any disturb what so ever.
That mountain is easy to summit, has a great view, totaly different to what people are used to see of Prateleiras Peak, the mountain changes completely from the summit of Urubu. And the landscape, fantastic...
Getting ThereBy bus
From Minais Gerais/ São Paulo/ Rio de Janeiro, you have to take a bus to a little city called Itanhandú. Several bus companies can take you there. Once you get to Itanhandú, take a nother bus from the same bus station to Itamonte, a smaller town at the bottom of the Sierra.
There is the point: Once you get to Itamonte, it is hard to find transport to the park entrance. But there's some taxi drivers that know the park and can take you up to the entrance, and that's gonna cost you around R$ 100,00 (about US$ 55.00).
From the main entrance, you have to register at the military office, than you're free to get into the park from 8am to 5pm. It is important to get out at the right time to avoid problems.
Take the road directly to the shelter (Rebouças).
From the Rebouças Hut it is a 9km round trip to the summit and back. Nice walk with fantastic views.
Red TapeRemember: DO NOT camp without the proper reservatioin and only by the hut.
From november to march no cars can get inside the park because of the mating season for Flamenguinho Frog, or Melanophryniscus Moreirae
Take your garbage with you, please...
CampingCamping inside Itatiaia National park was extremely forbidden until last month, but a few weeks ago they opened a available space beside Rebouças Hut for up to 10 tents, that's it.
But you must get in touch with the park to reserve your spot.
If you don't wanna camp, you can make a reservation to Rebouças Hut:
E-mail for reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 55 + 24 - 3352-1461/ 55 + 24 - 3352-7001
Hut capacity: 20 people.
Reservation: Obligatory (starting 30 days before the date of use)
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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