The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road.

In the rainy season you will be grateful there is a road, as the landscape is soaked and becomes soggy like a marsh or bog.

Maldonada Redbelly Toad (Melanophryniscus moreirae)

This is what it’s all about, and as long as they are doing it the road will be open only to pedestrians! They are wary and will try jump out of the way as soon as you move, but they are many and hard to see, so several times I had to leap out of the way in order not to step on one.

Maldonada Redbelly Toad (Melanophryniscus moreirae)
Brazilians call it Flamenguinho.

Altitude: 2460 metres.

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