Rock climbing on MORRO DO CANTAGALO


Cantagalo overview

Similar to Babilonia, Cantagalo is another favourite destination for the local climbers. With a quick approach and slightly shorter climbs, Cantagalo is a great option for those with only a few hours to climb. The routes on Cantagalo are generally more vertical and challenging than those on Babilonia, and there are some unique chimney and trad climbs here as well. The views are very special, with the Lagoa, the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and the mountains Dois Irmaos and Sugarloaf all in sight


Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro


3-4 hours total


No experience required


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Rock climbing on Cantagalo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Planning your climb

There are more than 20 different routes on Cantagalo, from beginner to intermediate levels, some of which are appropriate for first-time climbers. If it’s your first time climbing, your guide will teach you everything you will need to know for your climb

The styles of routes are varied and there is something for everyone. For first-time and beginner climbers, there are several 100 meter / 3 pitch routes that are challenging but do-able. A great route for those that are interested in trying a chimney climb is Chamine do Prego, a route frequently used for teaching the technique

For intermediate level climbers, there are several highly technical, vertical to slightly overhanging routes. Some of them are a great preparation for those planning to climb the classic Via dos Italianos on Sugarloaf

You don’t need to worry about selecting a route at the time of booking. Your guide will help you decide on the day of your climb based on your interests and your experience

All of the routes are accessed via a short trail

Key characteristics:
Grading up to VIIa BR | 6b+ FR | 5.11a US
70-120 meters (2 to 3 pitches)
10 minute approach
Descent by rappel

None - first-time climbers welcome

Questions? Talk with a guide

What is included

Certified rock climbing guide

Collective rock climbing equipment (rope, quickdraws, slings, etc.)

What you should bring

Your individual rock climbing equipment (shoes, harness, helmet, belay/rappel device and accessories). You can rent from us if you don’t have your own

Water (1.5L per person) and snacks

Sunscreen and bug repellent

Backpack to carry your belongings and keep your hands and arms free. Hand bags and shoulder bags are not permitted

Wear outdoor shoes with good traction on rock. Flip-flops and casual sandals should be avoided

Where we meet

Close to the Cantagalo metro station, on the street Professor Gastão Baiana


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