Trilha Pico do Papagaio (T13)
ElevationAscent: 2,451' 747 m
Descent: -29' -9 m
High: 2,938' 896 m
Low: 487' 148 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 74% (37°)
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“A strenuous trail (almost 1000m/3200ft. ascent) rewarded by an absolutely incredible view of the island and far beyond.”— Marijn Speth
Keep an eye on the weather report. Low hanging clouds may take away the view away completely, and although the trail is nice in itself, your efforts may have been for nothing. We postponed our ascent twice.
Make sure you are aware of the timing of sunset. Because 99% of the trail is through the jungle, the trail grows dark very fast.
From this moment on, you'll be following a clear path that will climb continuously (with parts of up to 57% grade), through the islands' jungle forest up to the very last steps of the trail. Along the way, there are some signposts that point out the right way, but you hardly need them, and most of them are rotten anyways.
There are obstacles on the path, like fallen trees and small creeks, and oftentimes the trail is slippery. Many roots and branches both aid you in the ascent as well as cause a risk of tripping. All in all, the continuous ascending is the hardest part of this trail, but since there's enough time for breaks if you start early enough, this trail can be completed by people from a wide range of age.
On top of that the view from the "parrots beak" is totally worth it!! Instead of me describing it, just go see for yourself.
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