3 Rocks Peak is one of the highest peaks of Monte Verde village, south of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and all the cities nearby. Monte Verde is well known as the “brazilian Switzerland” since the city is actually a small village with one main street and around 20 others crossing that one, with a number 20.000 people living there. The houses and hotels and restaurants at the main street look like european. It is so small that is considered to be part of a bigger city called Camanducaia. The altitude of the city is 1.560 m. No one goes to that desolate little mountain since the main summit and highest peak of the area, Selado Peak gets most of the visitors, daily, visited by dozens of people between Monday and Thursday, and at winter time, by hundreds daily between Fridays and Sundays. Monstly tourists looking for some ice in the woods, which can be found in winter since the temperature can easily drop to –5°C and of course, there’s the humidity typical of the brazilian rainforests. In 2008, Monte Verde won the title of best winter destination in Brazil. In 2009, the title of most romantic city in the poll held by the site Viajeaqui http://viajeaqui.abril.com.br/especiais/cidades-romanticas-2009 and Quatro Rodas magazine, published by Editora Abril. If it were a city, it would be the second highest city of Brazil, the first one is Campos de Jordão, at 1.628 m high. Also a touristic winter place. Several agencies and guides take people daily to the Peak, low prices. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Monte Verde was: –14°C! Pretty cold!
I said no one goes to that mountain and it's true. That is not considered to be an mountain so to speak, just an shoulder of Selado Peak itself. But since there is a valley between the two summits and it is quite an adventure to get there (looks close, but on a straigh line is is 500 meters away, and there is no trail at all, it took me about 45 minutes to one hour from Selado peak to reach its summit. Another great thing is that there is the actual 3 big rocks at the summit, really cool bouldering area out there! It worths a visit, make no mistakes about it!
Main mountain page photo: 3 Rocks Peak as seen from nearby the summit area.
Me making fun of Selado Peak!
Selado Peak from 3 Rocks Summit.
That’s the main problem. If you go by car, from Camanducaia there is a sand road to get up there. If you go by bus, from São Paulo or Rio take a bus to Camanducaia, south of Minas Gerais. From there 4 buses depart to the village daily. It is really cheap. If you lose the last bus, it’s better to spend the night at Camanducaia and leave in the morning.
The trail: Not easy at all, there is no trail to that mountain but at least i can explain how to get to Selado Peak and from there you can find you own way, i'll just point some directions.
Once you get in the city look for the street that has a bank at the corner, BRADESCO BANK. Take that street and keep going up until you reach a huge water deposit. At your right there will be a sign telling you the distance and altitude to the peak. After about one hour you’ll be at a huge plateau at 1.900m, another summit of the area. From there you will be able to see Selado Peak for the first time. Still a little far away, but not much. Follow the wide open trail to the summit of Selado peak, where you can set up camp for the night.
From there the chalenge is to find yourself just as i did a route for the summit block. I never heard of another person doing it besides me and my former partner more than one year ago, so probably the way we opened is already closed. A big knife sure will be useful! :)
Informational image to help folks. Zoom in to see better.
Me at the Bouldering area at the summit.
The Bouldering area at the summit.
Time to go home, too sad...
Camping at the base of Selado Peak
Anywhere you want. Just respect the nature and wildlife. That is a really good place to camp by the summit block of Selado Peak. It is protected from winds and tourists.
Video from the summit of Selado Peak at sunset time.
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.