Couto – Prateleiras Crossing


The Couto-Prateleiras crossing is located in the Itatiaia National Park, created in 1937 by then president Getúlio Vargas.


It starts at Posto Marcão, right at the entrance to the park, passes through Morro do Couto, goes to the base of the Shelves, and ends at Abrigo Rebouças. It is 12 km following in parallel the road that goes down to this shelter.


The best viewpoint to see Agulhas Negras is in it. The crossing is beautiful, as many say, an enchanted garden path. We will pass by Toca do Índico and the final curve, where the base of Prateleiras is discovered, is to be sighed!



physical: moderate

technique: easy-moderate


The climate in Serra da Mantiqueira is unstable. It is usually colder in the morning and at night, and warmer in the afternoon, as it is a higher region.

The best time is in the mountain season, from April to October, when the rains are practically scarce.


To be worth the trip to Itamonte and enjoy the undeniable beauty of the PNI, we recommend the package for at least two days:


Day 1: arrival and overnight in Itamonte-MG

Day 2: 12km trail, starting at the Posto Marcão to the shelter Rebouças.

Day 3: reserved for the second attraction defined for travel. Return from the park scheduled for the end of the afternoon.

What is included?

• Parking
• Internal transfers upon arrival at the accommodation (up to 8 customers)
• Entrances and access to parks and region
• GPS tracker with the daily transmission of geographic positioning
• Adventure insurance
• LATITUDE51 dry fit and UV shirt
• Professional guide with deep experience in trekking and outdoor activities in remote areas, 24 hours available
• At the hostel: breakfast and access to the climbing gym
• At the hotel: breakfast, lunch/snack trail, and dinner

What is not included?

• At the hostel: meals other than breakfast are not included. There is an option of dining with a value apart.

• At the hotel: drinks are not included
• Transport to the accommodation location
• Individual equipment

Individual equipments

• Personal documents
• 20-liter cargo backpack
• 1-liter canteen
• Waterproof Windbreaker / Anorak
• Trail boot
• Second skin
• Dryfit shirts
• Medium fleece
• Trekking pants
• Waterproof pants
• Slipper
• Socks for trekking
• Beanie
• Medium gloves
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen and lip balm
• Hygiene equipment
• Quick-drying towel
• Headlamp (extra batteries)
• Plastic or watertight bag
• Personal medications
• Medicines and first aid