Monte Verde, Brazil

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Surrounded by the mountains of Serra da Mantiqueira, the small and charming Monte Verde is one of the most wished winter destinations in Minas Gerais State, in the Brazilian southeast. Belonging to the municipality of Camanducaia, the village has only 5 thousand inhabitants and a hotel chain of 2,500 beds, with options for all tastes and pockets.

Most part of the tourists that visit Monte Verde is formed by couples who want to enjoy the cold of the mountains in good restaurants, but the village also welcomes people who go to enjoy the trails that lead to beautiful lookouts that, on clear days, allow to see until Campos do Jordão and Serra do Lopo. And it is about the trails of Monte Verde that this article cover, showing all the peaks in 360° photos.

Virtual Tour with 360° interactive images

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Pedra Redonda

Pedra Partida (noturna)

Pico da Onça

Pico do Selado

Platô

Vale dos Duendes

Chapéu do Bispo

The best place to start the trails that lead to Chapéu do Bispo, Pedra Redonda and Pedra Partida is the end of Avenida das Montanhas, where there is parking and a bar. If your destination is Platô or Pico do Selado, the distance from Avenida das Montanhas or Avenida Mantiqueira is the same, but as Avenida das Montanhas is 140 meters (459 feet) higher than Avenida Mantiqueira, the trail becomes less tiring.

Pedra Partida

Night view to Monte Verde and several surrounding towns. The trail is 5.5 km / 2.7 mi long (round trip) and there is 400 meters / 1,312 feet of accumulated elevation.

Pedra Redonda

To go to Pedra Redonda you need to take a trail that starts on the trail to Pedra Partida. If you go to both locations, the total distance will be of 6.2 km / 3.8 mi (round trip) with 470 meters / 1,541 feet of accumulated elevation. If you go only to Pedra Redonda the trail has 2 km / 1.2 mi (round trip) and 110 meters of accumulated elevation.

Pico do Selado

The longest and least used trail of Monte Verde is the one that leads to the highest peak of the region, Pico do Selado, with 2,082 meters / 6,830 feet of altitude. It is 8.5 km / 5.2 mi (round trip) with 420 meters / 1,378 feet of accumulated elevation.

Platô

On the way to Pico do Selado is Platô, which is, together with Pedra Redonda, the most visited points of this mountain range, since you have to walk only 2.5 km / 1.5 mi (round trip) with 160 meters / 524 feet of accumulated elevation.

Chapéu do Bispo

Also on the trail that leads to Pico do Selado is Chapéu do Bispo. It’s worth saying that to get to the summit you need to have climbing skills, so if you don’t have the technique or the equipment of your own, you’d better just walk up to the Platô rather than risk breaking a leg, right? So far it’s necessary to walk only 1.5 km 0.9 mi (round trip) with accumulated elevation of 120 meters / 393 feet.

Vale dos Duendes

On Jorge Trail, which links Monte Verde to São Francisco Xavier, stands the beautiful Vale dos Duendes (Valley of the Goblins).

Pico da Onça / Pedra da Onça

Pico da Onça is on a side trail of Jorge Trail, which connects Monte Verde to São Francisco Xavier. Leaving Monte Verde, the walk has 10 km 6.2 mi (round trip) and 450 meters / 1,476 feet of accumulated elevation.