Agulhas Negras

Rio de Janeiro State

Parque Nacional do Itatiaia's highest peak, Agulhas Negras (2791m) gets its name – meaning 'Black Needles' – from the serrated form of its imposing ridgeline. For serious climbers, this is Itatiaia's ultimate challenge.

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1. Prateleiras

1.45 MILES

In the upper section of Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, this jumble of massive boulders is one of the park's highest peaks (2548m) and a favorite climbing…

3. Parque Nacional do Itatiaia


Brazil’s oldest national park, Itatiaia shelters a stunning variety of landscapes, from dense rainforests to spare and rugged upland peaks. Most visitors…

4. Itaporani Waterfall

4.02 MILES

Accessible via a 750m trail a few kilometers up the road from park headquarters, this broad series of falls tumbles over rocky shelves into a deep emerald…

5. Véu de Noiva Waterfall

4.25 MILES

Reached by a 500m trail through the forest, a few kilometers up the road from park headquarters, this 40m-high waterfall tumbles down a cliff face into a…

6. Cachoeira do Maromba

4.29 MILES

Just below the point where the lower park road dead-ends, Maromba's waters surge through a rocky gorge into a sun-dappled natural swimming hole.

8. Lago Azul

5.75 MILES

From park headquarters, a 500m trail descends to this natural pool in the Rio Campo Belo, a popular spot for swimming.