Hiking -- Petrópolis has great hiking in the hills surrounding the town. Serra Trekking Ecoturismo (tel. 024/2242-2360; www.serratrekking.com.br) offers everything from short day hikes to full overnight treks, ranging in price from R$25 to R$125. For do-it-yourselfers, the Petrópolis Convention and Visitor's Bureau website (www.pcvb.com.br) has a full page of information on local Petrópolis hikes. Click on "Trekking." To hook up with local hikers, try Grupo de Ecoturismo Maverick (tel. 024/2291-3789; www.grupomaverick.com.br). Rio Hiking (tel. 021/2552-9204 or 9721-0594; www.riohiking.com.br) also organizes a variety of hiking trips in the Petrópolis region, with transportation to and from Rio included. A day trip can combine a short hike with some sightseeing of Petrópolis (R$200 per person) or you can opt for a 2-day hiking trip in the national park of Serra dos Orgãos close to Petrópolis (R$475).

Horseback Riding -- Contact Cavalgada Ecologica (tel. 024/2222-9666 or 8823-5528; www.cavalgadaecologica.com.br) for tours lasting from 2 to 4 hours.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.