Climbing in Rio – Pão de Açúcar

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) is one of the most famous attractions in Brazil, and there are many different ways to climb this incredible mountain– some of which are easy, and others are not. It is not possible to hike to the top. However, even inexperienced or beginning climbers can reach the top by the easiest route (Costão) with our guides and the appropriate equipment. If this is your case, please read “Sugarloaf for beginners” below. If you are an experienced climber and need a guide or instructor, please read “Sugarloaf for experienced climbers” below. There are routes of different levels, more than 40, like Coringa and Via dos Italianos. Sugarloaf for beginners Costão is the easiest route on Sugarloaf and one of the most incredible hikes/climbs in the city. Climbing Costão does not require previous mountaineering experience, but the long uphill foot ascent and climbing segment does demand a high amount of energy. The ascent includes trail hiking, some easy rock climbs, with a small vertical pitch of 20 meters, where the required safety equipment will be used: ropes,...

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Climbing School

Companhia da Escalada has been offering the highest level of outdoor activities and adventures since 1995. Companhia da Escalada staff members are trained and certified by the Rio de Janeiro Climbing Guides Association and all are known for their friendly and professional style. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, we can recommend a route or a class.  Rock Climbing Experience:  This three-hour class begins with “ground school”, in which you climb close to the ground and learn how to belay, use precision footwork, refine balance, transfer weight and use rock features (hand and foot holds). We explain rock climbing equipment, the figure 8 knot, belaying (a climber’s safety system), and we describe rock climbing terms. Most of the time you will practice belaying/lowering and climbing skills on top-rope protected climbs up to 25m. This class is a great introduction to the fundamentals of climbing. Learning to climb in a place with incredible natural beauty makes for an unforgettable experience. Read more (somente em portugues) and see some pictures… Basic Rock Climbing Course: If you’re looking forward to exploring climbing for the first...

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Climbing in Rio – Corcovado

One of the most famous and beautiful routes of Rio de Janeiro is on Corcovado: the K2 route. It is 150 meters long, and every pitch offers interesting and varied climbing from friction to knob face to lieback, all with a breathtaking view since the base is 500 meters above the city. You’ll find out why climbing in Rio is so amazing! The pictures will show you that this route is a must. Furthermore, Corcovado lies within the beautiful Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world and one of the remaining patches of Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro. The most difficult pitches are the first two, at 5.9 (5/5+) with one 5.10 (6a) move. The first pitch is a beautiful lieback and the second involves small holds and some friction. Therefore, it is important that you are able to comfortably climb 5.9 rock. But don’t worry, our guides can lead K2 in short pitches to keep good eye-contact with you, to make you feel more comfortable. The upper part of the route is...

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Climbing in Rio – Pão de Açúcar

Climbing in Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car is one of the most famous attractions in Brazil, and there’re many different ways to climb this incredible mountain, some are easy, others aren’t.

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Climbing in Rio – Corcovado

Climbing in Rio de Janeiro: one of the most famous and beautiful routes of Rio is on Corcovado, the K2 route. It is 150 meters long, and every pitch offers interesting and varied climbing from friction to knob face to lieback, all with a breathtaking view since the base is 500 meters above the city.

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