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Preparing for the Rio do Boi Trail: Everything You Need to Know

Tackling the Rio do Boi trail is a challenge that rewards each step with the majestic rock walls of the Itaimbezinho Canyon, an experience that transcends any expectations. If you are ready for this adventure, here is the essential information you need to know before embarking on this unforgettable journey:

Where is the Rio do Boi Trail?

Situated on the border between Cambará do Sul (RS) and Praia Grande (SC), the imposing Itaimbezinho Canyon is the setting for the Rio do Boi trail. An interesting curiosity is that the dividing line between the states delimits the edges of the canyon: the upper part belongs to Rio Grande do Sul, while the lower part is in Santa Catarina. The starting point of the trail is in the city of Praia Grande in Santa Catarina.

Best time to visit

Although the trail is open year-round, the months of December to March during the summer offer the most favorable conditions. With mild temperatures, you can enjoy the watery sections of the trail more comfortably. In winter, although there is less rain, the freezing water can spoil the experience. Spring and autumn are good times too; however, in spring there are usually more rainy periods; and in autumn the rains decrease, but temperatures begin to get colder.

Trail summary

The Rio do Boi trail is a journey that mixes dense forest and the riverbed, full of slippery rocks that demand constant attention. Physical preparation is crucial, as there are several hours of walking. Despite the stops for rest, river bathing and food, it is a challenging trail, not recommended for beginners.

Length and walking time

Approximately 14 km long (round trip), the trail takes 6 to 8 hours to cover to the end of the canyon and back. Reserve a full day for this adventure and consider the transfers offered by us at Canyons do Sul to facilitate the return to your hotel or inn.

Difficulty Level and Importance of the Guide

Classified as having a high level of difficulty, the trail requires skill and willingness to face the challenges of the terrain, including climbs, descents and river crossings. The presence of a guide is mandatory, ensuring safety and guidance along the route.

Choosing the right agency

When planning your trail, make sure you choose an agency with specialized and experienced guides, ensuring a safe and well-guided experience. Consider packages that include a guide, snacks, safety equipment and transfers, such as those offered by Canyons do Sul.

Investment in experience

For this incredible adventure, we invested from R$280.00 per person, an affordable price considering everything included in the package, such as guide, safety equipment, activity insurance, photos, snacks and entrance to the national park (some agencies do not include this amount in the package and to do the ox trail, the ticket to the Aparados da Serra National Park alone costs around R$97.00). An experience that will certainly be worth every penny.

Checklist for the trail

For your trail, be sure to bring

  • Water Up to 700 ml per person (there is drinking water on the trail, but it is not treated);

  • Sunscreen and repellent;

  • Comfortable Clothing for Walking (jeans Not recommended);

  • Good, closed and comfortable shoes for walking (IT WILL GET WET);

  • High socks (helps protect);

  • Raincoat or windbreaker (anorak);

  • Medications for personal use (the guides do not medicate);

  • Backpack to carry belongings.

To leave in the car

  • Change dry clothes (to be more comfortable after the walk);

  • Flip flops or dry shoes (wearing wet sneakers after the trail is great).

Extra observations

  • Shoes must be closed, opt for light shoes, such as hiking sneakers, they do not need to be waterproof boots, as we will be walking in knee-deep water when crossing rivers. Tennis shoes must be properly tied. Avoid sneakers that you haven't worn for a long time, as the soles may open after contact with water;

  • Backpack should be comfortable and not need to carry extra weight;

  • ⁠Focus on comfort, avoid jeans, sweatshirts and cotton-based clothing. Choose fabrics that dry quickly when wet.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The trail is permitted under favorable weather conditions and the Arroio Perdizes level is below 15cm. This information is available around 6:30 am to 7 am every day.

With this information in mind, you are ready to explore the Rio do Boi trail and dive into the untouched beauty of the Itaimbezinho Canyon. Get ready for a journey that will be etched in your memory forever!

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