Pedra da Macela, Cunha

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At 1840 meters (over 6,000 ft) above sea level, you will find Pedra da Macela, bordering the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The 360-degree panoramic views of the Cunha region will take your breath away … if the hike up doesn’t, that is. You can drive up the dirt road to the gate where you will leave your car, and then walk about 2 km (1.25 mi) up the paved road to the top. The spectacular views of the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other are well worth your effort. There is no infrastructure so bring water, sunscreen, maybe some snacks, and definitely your walking shoes. Plan to visit Pedra da Macela during your Cunha vacation using our convenient Cunha online travel route planner .
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  • Wonderful view! You can see the sea and also several other hills. Almost 3 km uphill walk. But the effort is worth it for the visual. Have to get water because there's no where to buy on the way up.
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  • I couldn't get to the top because they are 2 mile steep ascent. It is necessary to go very slowly, get water and go regardless.
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  • Preparese to climb. If you are not so used to walking so you should know already, because to get to the top of the climb is long (looks like no end). And down seems more hassle, since most knee and the body. With the good weather and without clouds the view is simply amazing, where the sea merges with the clouds and you don't know where to look. The downside ends up being dirt. Unfortunately there are still many people unaware that they throw trash on the ground (including campers) and the presence of animals. Many people take their dogs (nothing against), however the dirt is there. And for us we went up so much and want a place to sit, sometimes becomes difficult. But it's a ride that I recommend. You don't pass per track, except for a Looooong ascent. Have you prepared your pair of sneakers?
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  • Wonderful place! The ascent is average if you are light. Even if you're camping as I was, it's worth the climb for the view is unique, the sunset and the Sunrise Give a soul washed. You can pick up a guitar to backpack the tent and stay up all night partying. I miss you already 😓
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  • To reach the site, enter to the right at km 171 on a 66.5 of SP dirt road with stones. Continue for 4 km, very slowly so as not to ruin the suspension of the car. Arriving at the gate, there's a parking lot. From this point on, stretch your legs and get ready for a very steep 2 km climb. Made in 1:20. Before you go see the forecast and go when the sky is clear. The site has no bathroom or cafeteria. Getting there at the top, admire the view as a reward for the effort.
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  • Final ascent of late on Saturday a freezing wind too cold fire and the dawn with a beautiful landscape. Nature always rewards.
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  • Arrive by car on a dirt road for about 4 Km and then walk approx 2.5 Km, 1 hour, strong ramp climbing about 400 m in altitude of. Heavy climb, but worth it in the end. Power plant Angra 40 km away. Images from the top, the power plant of Angra and the access path to walk.
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Where to stay in Cunha

A smattering of accommodations exists in the main urban area of the city, with family-run pousadas (guesthouses) and basic hotels the main options for visitors. Because so much of the city's tourism relies on its surrounding areas of green hills and rocky gorges, take a look at the options along the main road, Rod. Paulo Virginio. The north-south road stretches out into the wilder parts of the region and is dotted with interesting and comfortable accommodations, including boutique pousadas, cabins, campsites, and rental villas.
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