Pico da Bandeira

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Pico da Bandeira
Pico da bandeira.jpg
Elevation 2,892 m (9,488 ft)[1]
Prominence 2,640 m (8,660 ft)
Listing Ultra
Location
Pico da Bandeira is located in Brazil
Pico da Bandeira
Pico da Bandeira
Location in southeastern Brazil
Location Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Coordinates 20°26′07″S 41°47′47″W / 20.43528°S 41.79639°W / -20.43528; -41.79639Coordinates: 20°26′07″S 41°47′47″W / 20.43528°S 41.79639°W / -20.43528; -41.79639[1]
Climbing
Easiest route Alto Caparaó (Minas Gerais)

Pico da Bandeira, or Mount Bandeira (Portuguese for Flag Peak) is the third highest mountain in Brazil, situated on the border of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais states. It is the highest point in both states.[1] It was historically considered the highest mountain in Brazil until 1965, when Pico da Neblina, next to the Venezuelan border, was explored, measured, and found to be higher. The peak is said to have been so named after Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, ordered a flag to be flown on top of it.

It is one of the major attractions of Caparaó National Park (Portuguese: Parque Nacional do Caparaó), accessible from the nearby town of Alto Caparaó. That town and the entrance to the park lie in Minas Gerais, but the summit of Pico da Bandeira lies in Espírito Santo.

The summit is accessible to hikers of most age groups, with only very limited fitness requirements. The track from the park entrance to the summit track [8 km (5.0 mi)] can be driven by most vehicles, and the summit track itself runs for approximately 9 km (5.6 mi), with a further 1,000 m (3,280 ft) climb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pico da Bandeira". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-02-09.