Rancho Caído


The Rancho Caído trail is in the Itatiaia National Park, founded in 1937 by President Getúlio Vargas.

It starts at the Rebouças shelter and goes to Visconde de Mauá-RJ, and passes through points that overlook famous rock formations in the park, such as the Agulhas Negras, with 2,791m and the highest summit in the place, Pedra do Altar, Asa de Hermes, Pedra do Sino and Pico da Serra Negra and, at the end, the famous Escorrega waterfall.

It is suitable for trekkers with good physical conditioning, as the trail is extensive, with approximately 19k.



• physical: moderate-difficult

• technique: easy


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

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


• Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Itamonte-MG

• Day 2: transfer by van to the entrance to the upper part of the park, distribution of camping equipment in everyone’s backpacks, and the start of the trail at the Rebouças shelter. Camp setup and overnight in a tent with dinner

• Day 3: wake up, breakfast, and dismantling the camp. Beginning of the 2nd part of the crossing and meeting the van at Cachoeira do Escorrega, in Visconde de Mauá-RJ, to return to Itatiaia

What is included?

• Parking
• Internal transfers, upon arrival in Itamonte
• Entrances and accesses 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, available 24 hours a day
• Safety equipment, tents, and kitchen supplies for camping
• Dinner during the crossing

What is not included?

• Trail snacks, breakfast, drinks, and other meals must be provided by each one
• There will be no porters: camping equipment and food for the camp dinner will be distributed in the expedition members’ backpacks
• Individual equipment

Individual equipments

• Personal documents
• 45/60 liter backpack
• 1 liter canteen
• Waterproof Windbreak/Anorack
• Trail boot
• Second skin
• Dryfit shirts
• Medium Fleece
• Trekking pants
• Waterproof pants
• Slipper/carpet
• Trekking socks
• Cap
• Medium gloves
• Sunglasses
• Sun and lip protection
• Hygiene equipment
• Quick drying towel
• Headlamp (extra batteries)
• Plastic or waterproof bag
• Personal medications
• Remedies and first aid