RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Pico das Agulhas Negras is the highest point in Rio de Janeiro State and the ninth highest in all of Brazil.

At 2,791 meters, it trails only 200 meters behind the tallest peak in the country. Because of this, and its proximity to both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Agulhas Negras is one of the most sought-after mountaineering experiences in Brazil.

And it is certainly worth the effort. The bare, rocky peak, with its enormous boulders and rock faces, carved out by the heavy rains looks like something never seen anywhere . . .

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