Pico da Bandeira
is the third highest mountain
, situated near the border of Minas Gerais
and Espírito Santo
states. It is one of the major attractions of the Caparaó National Park
(Parque Nacional do Caparaó), accessible from the nearby city Alto Caparaó
. Alto Caparaó and the entrance to the park lie in Minas Gerais, however 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 (8km, 1000m climb) can be driven by most vehicles, and the summit track itself runs for approximately 9km with a further 1000m climb.