Rock climbing on MORRO DO CANTAGALO



Similar to Babilônia, 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 Babilônia, 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 Irmãos and Sugarloaf all in sight

See below for more information about planning your climb on Cantagalo. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a guide

Planning your climb

There are almost twenty different routes at Cantagalo and below are a few of our favourite ones. Your guide will select the best route for you on the day of your climb. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. For climbing options beyond Cantagalo, see other rock climbing destinations in Rio de Janeiro



For beginner climbers, the most frequented routes on Cantagalo are Paixão de Cris (3º IIIsup BR | 3+ FR | 5.6 US, 100 meters) and Brilho da Noite (3º IV BR | 4 FR | 5.7 US, 110 meters). A great route for those that are interested in trying a chimney climb is Chaminé do Prego, a route frequently used for teaching the technique

For intermediate level climbers, one of the favourite routes is 22 de Outubro (4º V BR | 5 FR | 5.9 US, 120 meters). It is a great preparation route for those planning to climb the classic Via dos Italianos on Sugarloaf. For an even greater challenge, there is Cális (5º VI BR | 6a FR | 5.10b US, 70 meters) and the recently opened Onde os Frangos Não Têm Vez (6º VIIa BR | 6b+ FR | 5.11a US, 90 meters). Both are vertical to slightly overhanging climbs with amazing views in the classic Rio de Janeiro style

Multi-pitch experience or willingness to learn

Morning or afternoon start at Morro do Cantagalo
2 to 3 hours to climb
Return by rappel

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