Best national parks in Brazil

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Explore the most popular national parks in Brazil with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (16)
#1 - Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Serra dos Órgãos National Park is a Federal Integral Protection Unit of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), whose main objective is to preserve representative samples of national ecosystems. Visitors can enjoy one of the best places in the country to practice mountain sports, such as climbing, hiking, rappel and others; besides enjoying beautiful waterfalls. The park has a fantastic network of trails, more than 200 kilometers in all levels of difficulty: from the suspended trail, accessible to people in wheelchairs, to the heavy Traverse Petrópolis-Teresópolis, with 30 kilometers of high and steep mountains. One of the most famous climbs is Dedo de Deus (God's Finger), considered the starting point of rock climbing in the country. The park is home to a precious biodiversity, including many endangered animals and many endemic species (which only occur in this location).Show more
#2 - Iguaçu National Park
Parana, Brazil
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The Iguaçu National Park is a World Heritage property located in the State of Paraná, in southern Brazil, adjacent to the Iguazú National Park, also a World Heritage property in Argentina. The Iguaçu National Park preserves one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, extending over some 2,700 m. It is also home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. Besides the exuberant waterfalls, visitors can enjoy other attractions such as appreciation of a rich fauna, a museum, trails, and many sightseeing spots. Please check the parks page, for up to date entrance fee.Show more
#3 - Parque Nacional da Tijuca
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Tijuca National Park is a special place full of history located in the center of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to protecting Corcovado and the Cristo Redentor monument, the park protects the world's first replanted forest. Visitors can enjoy a multitude of trails and waterfalls, as well as historical ruins from the time of coffee farms. Please refer to the parks page, for current ticket prices. Show more
#4 - Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina
Bahia, Brazil
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The Chapada Diamantina National Park has great ecological and environmental diversity in its territory, covering three Brazilian biomes: Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga. The Park is part of the Caatinga and Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserves (RB). The National Park is an excellent option for hiking, mountain biking, river bathing, climbing and canoeing close to nature. There are almost 300 km of trails that traverse rupestrian fields, savannah and Atlantic forest amid breathtaking landscapes. The National Park can be accessed by the municipalities of Andaraí, Ibicoara, Itaetê, Lençóis, Mucugê and Palmeiras, through 38 entrance trails . The administrative headquarters of the National Park is in the city of Palmeiras. There are no institutional structures to support visitation within the National Park, such as guardhouses or a visitor center, so there is no entrance fee. Show more
#5 - Parque Nacional dos Campos Gerais
Parana, Brazil
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The Campos Gerais National Park is located in the Campos Gerais region in the central-eastern portion of the State of Paraná, covering the municipalities of Carambeí, Castro and Ponta Grossa. The park preserves the remnants of mixed rainforest and southern fields. Visitors can enjoy many sights such as the Buraco do Padre waterfall (45 meters of fall), immense rock formations and cave paintings can also be seen throughout the park.Show more
#6 - Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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The Aparados da Serra National Park is located on the border of the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, in the southern region of Brazil. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, cycling on the plateau trails, bathing in the river (only the Rio do Boi Trail), fauna watching and picnicking in permitted areas. There is currently no entrance fee to the Park. It is not allowed to enter with pets, nor to have barbecue or bonfires in the Park area. ATTENTION: Some GPS have instructed drivers to access the Park through an entrance before reaching the Center of Cambará do Sul / RS. This entrance has been closed for years. Access to the Aparados da Serra National Park must be done: (a) or entering the center of Cambará do Sul / RS and taking the road around the corner of the Pioneer Supermarket, (b) or accessing the rural area of Cambará via Estrada do Crespo (entrance next to Cambará Lodge) and turning right at the intersection of Morro Agudo, (c) or, for those coming from Praia Grande / SC towards Cambará do Sul / RS, going up Serra do Faxinalzinho, the road passes in in front of the Park entrance.Show more
#7 - Parque Nacional do Caparaó
Minas Gerais, Brazil
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The Caparaó National Park is located in the Serra do Caparaó, on the border of the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. Caparaó National Park is one of the mountaineering icons in Brazil and is home to the third highest point in the country, Pico da Bandeira, which is 2,892 meters high. In addition to it, five of the ten highest peaks in the entire national territory are in the Conservation Unit (UC). The park is also a relevant geological heritage and protects several endemic and endangered species of fauna and flora, in addition to protecting springs from three important hydrographic basins (Itabapoana, Itapemirim and Doce rivers). Visitors can enjoy various attractions such as visiting Pico da Bandeira and several viewpoints, valleys, waterfalls and beautiful natural pools. For lovers of hiking, the park has a wide system of trails, signposted, short, medium and long distance and with different levels of difficulty. The park also has four camping areas equipped with public restrooms, dishwasher, tables, benches and barbecue grills, located at the top of the Conservation Unit, for visitors who wish to spend the night.Show more
#8 - Parque Nacional Serra do Cipó
Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Serra do Cipó National Park is located in the municipalities of Jaboticatubas, Santana do Riacho, Morro do Pilar and Itambé do Mato Dentro. The unit protects several species of Brazilian flora and fauna threatened with extinction. Visitors can enjoy a variety of bathing options in waterfalls and natural pools with crystal clear water, the two main attractions of the park being the Canion das Bandeirinhas and the Cachoeira da Farofa. There are also many hiking trails, in which it is possible to observe the great diversity of flora and fauna, in addition to curious pointed rocks present throughout the area. For adventurers wishing to spend the night, the park offers pre-established camping sites. Currently, there is no entrance fee to enter the park. Show more
#9 - Parque Nacional do Itatiaia
Minas Gerais, Brazil
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The Itatiaia National Park is a located in the Itatiaia Massif in the Mantiqueira Mountains, between the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. The park protects important remnants of the Atlantic Forest Biome. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, flora and fauna watching, picnicking, camping, swimming in the waterfalls and biking in permitted areas. Fees: The single ticket is R$ 34,00. Brazilian visitors have a 50% discount R$ 17,00.Show more
#10 - Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses
Maranhao , Brazil
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The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (PNLM) covers three municipalities in Maranhão: Barreirinhas, Santo Amaro and Primeira Cruz. This park is covered with free dunes and lagoons. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as water recreation, swimming; contemplation of lagoons and dunes and hiking. To access the lagoons visitors must obtain authorization from the National Park administration and some of the lagoons are only accessible by a 4x4 vehicle. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
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