The Brazilian Highland region is a coastal escarpment rising along 800 miles of shoreline in Southern and Southeastern Brazil. Average elevation is 3,000 feet, rising to 7,365 feet. The range clings closely to the coast, and reappears in spots as rocky offshore islands.
The range is a major divide between the coastal strip and the Interior Plateau, in which all major streams drain westward toward the Pirana River. Rainfall in the front range averages 150 inches annually, resulting in dense, subtropical vegetation.
The Brazilian Highlands are actually comprised of various continuous subranges, including Serra de Mantiquiera, Serra do Paranapiataba, Serra Geral, and Serra do Mar. Several popular resorts have been established throughout the highlands. The largest convenient cities are Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, the latter of which is home to the famous rock peak Pao de Asucar (Sugar Loaf), located within Rio city limits.
Peaks of Brazilian Highlands
Check out any of the following peaks for additional information:
- Black Needles - 9144 ft./2787 m.
- Bonita Rock (Pedra Bonita) - 2274 ft./693 m.
- Gavea Rock - 2762 ft./842 m.
- Morro da Igreja(church hill) - 5978 ft./1822 m.
- Pedra Da Gavea - 2297 ft./700 m.
- Pedra Da Mina - 9176 ft./2797 m.
- Pedra do Picú - 5249 ft./1600 m.
- Pico Da Bandeira - 9482 ft./2890 m.
- Pico do Cabugi - 2297 ft./700 m.
- Pico Do Itatiaia - 9144 ft./2787 m.
- Pico Frade - 4757 ft./1450 m.
- Pico Parana - 6158 ft./1877 m.
- Prateleiras - 8301 ft./2530 m.
- Sugar Loaf Mountain - 1296 ft./395 m.
- Tres Estados - 8743 ft./2665 m.