Me at the summit of Cerro Verde. 2009.
Cerro Verde is one of the mountains called "giants of Ibitiraquire", a selected group of the highest summits of the area. It is one of the hardly visited mountains of the Sierra because is a quite distant walk to its summit, and not so easy. The hardest job is to overcome two summits before that one. The starting point is at Bolinha Farm (1.000m.), There isn't much to say about the mountain either, personaly i think Cerro Verde a beautiful mountain, because at the south wall you’ll see a fantastic canyon just like the one in Taipabuçú Peak, and i sure think it is a "must do" for Ibitiraquire range, the views from up there to Paraná Peak group and Ciririca peak are for sure breathtaking!
Main photo: It’s not a good photo, i took that one from the summit of Luar Peak and it came out of focus, but it’s the only one i have from the mountain so that should do.
Take BR-116 to North till Campina Grande Do Sul, and search for Posto do Tio Doca (Tio Doca Gas Station). Ask for directions to get to the Bolinha Farm. From that farm is the starting point to the trail to some mountains of Ibitiraquire range. The trailhead is behind the property on a grassy field with some trees, well marked. The owner of the property will show you very friendly. From that farm you can reach the summits: Camapuan, Tucum, Cerro Verde, Pico Luar, Ciririca Peak, and Agudos de Cotia.
From the farm to Camapuan Peak: about 2 - 3.5 hours, it's up to you. Three false summits before the summit of Camapuan! At some time after start walking, at the "Y" point on the trail, take the LEFT.
From Camapuan summit to Tucum summit: 15 min - 40 min
From Tucum summit to Cerro Verde summit: 1 - 3 hours. It's up to the terrain conditions and you. The way is quite tricky and easy to get lost, follow the red ribbons and you'll be just fine.
I marked the trailhead at Google Earth and the file is available for download below.
Helpful sat images:
Sat view 1
Sat view 2
As soon as you get to the Farm, register yourself and pay a fee of R$ 3,00 (about USD 1.80) for the hike.
Parking lot at the farm just before the trailhead;
Well marked trails;
To make fire; Deforest any places. Respect the nature and wildlife please! Sometimes the farm owner walks around to check if everything's okay and to check for violations, if he sees you making fire, he'll call the cops!
Camping available at these places:
1 - Bolinha farm;
2 - Camapuan summit;
3 - Tucum summit;
4 - Cerro Verde summit.
Google Earth KML file for downloadBe my guest, i marked the two main summits and the trail.
For the download, please access: http://www.4shared.com/file/AeqyFPPr/Tucum_-_Cerro_Verde.html
You can hike this mountain in all seasons, but in summer there are rains every day. In winter is cold, but the days are clearer. The temperatures going from -10°C to 15°C.
Best time to climb: April to September.
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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