Rio do Boi Trail – Walk Within a Canyon
Have you ever imagined doing a trail within a canyon with steep walls 900 meters high on your sides? Did you know that this is possible on the Rio do Boi Trail? Yeah, this is in Brazil !!!!!
The Rio do Boi trail is one of the most beautiful and pleasant trails we have ever done in Brazil. The landscapes are amazing! It is all held in the lower part of the Itaimbezinho Canyon, within the Aparados da Serra National Park. The view along the route is amazing !! It has 8 km (round trip), being made between 5 am and 7 am. That is a full day trip. An interesting and morbid detail is that during the trail, it was common to find carcasses of oxen that fell from the top of the canyon!
Unfortunately, the trail is not for everyone. It is the longest and most difficult of the canyon, being obligatory the accompaniment of an accredited guide or driver (who wants the contact of our guide, just ask by email). It requires some physical training and a lot of attention. In addition to crossing the river many and many times (about 20 times) with water more or less at the knee and the terrain is uneven, there are many slippery and pointed stones like obstacles. Also, depending on the river level, the difficulty may be even greater. Incidentally, it is necessary to consult the river level the previous day because if it is high, it will not be possible to make the trail.
When we’ve done the hicking, they did not let me do the trail with those open sandals for tracks, you know? Ideal for crossing rivers. I had to do the tennis trail to better protect my feet. Despite the ban, I still would rather have worn my open sandals to get across the river … 🙁
One of the differentials of this trail is the possibility of bathing in waterfalls and natural pools along the way. A delight (if you are not going in winter, of course, :-)). We went in March and the water was perfect!
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We walked through the canyon to a place called Cruz. In it, you can see an incredible curve formed by the cracks of the canyon. That’s amazing!
Other attractions nearby are the Fortaleza Canyon, the upper part of the Itaimbezinho canyon, the Faxinalzinho Canyon, the Malacara Canyon and the Churriado Canyon, the latter two can be visited from the top or inside the lower part. The region also allows activities such as rappelling in waterfalls, boat trips and visits to beekeepers and organic producers, for example.
Mor information about Rio do Boi trail
Due to the long duration of the trail, entry is only allowed between 8am and 1pm.
As the park does not open on Monday, the trail can only be made from Tuesday to Sunday. Another important detail is that, for this, it is necessary the prior appointment in the park.
Contact of the Aparados da Serra National Park
Phone: (54) 3251-1277
How to get to Rio do Boi trail
The access is made by the Information and Control Office of Rio do Boi, 12 km from the center of Praia Grande, in Santa Catarina.