On the way to the Itatiaia park entrance, towards Agulhas Negras, you’ll find the only sturdy man-made construction – a bridge painted in white. From here you have great views of the montane forest, the land below and the shrubs and small trees in the gully below in particular.

However, there is yet another location higher up that is even more spectacular, as the very steep mountain sides here have little room for a road. This short stretch of road reminds me of the death roads from the Bolivian lowlands up to La Paz.

Altitude: 2234 metres

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 s