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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. Use our Cunha trip generator to arrange your visit to Pedra da Macela and other attractions in Cunha.
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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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  • A 2km paved road to reach the Macela Rock. It is a quite demanding walk. Around 45 minutes up. Cars are not allowed, In clear days you'll have a beautiful view of the Mantiqueira Mountain, the ocean, ...  more »
  • I hired a local guide to walk with me all the way from BR-101 alongside Rio Pequeno to the peak of Pedra da Macela. It was not an easy hike but we managed to do the round trip before sunset. The last ...  more »
  • It is almost 2.000 m walking in a good pavimented trail. Hard because there are not easy points. Good exercise and a beatiful view. Observation. Check your hearth before wether you are sedentary.  more »
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  • Arrive by car on a dirt road for about 4 Km and then walk approx 2.5 Km, strong ramp, up about 400 m in altitude of. Heavy climb, but worth it in the end.
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  • Absolutely gorgeous. But the view from the side of São Paulo, terrifying see land, pastures everywhere and vasios and eucalyptus plantations ...
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  • Is a very good track. However, it's much better to go in the cold season, and without rain, than a little more heat. When the rainy season, the dirt road q gives you access to the site is difficult to of travel, and to get to the end of the road, and can even be dangerous. The local prefecture recapeia the road constantly, but only when the rains cease, around the time of the festival of the pinion. There is also the fact that the way that the sky will be is quite unpredictable, and find the clear skies is a gift. However, it is a great exercise, and the location is very nice, regardless of how it is.
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  • Must have physical fitness to climb the trail which is quite steep and extensive (more than 2 km). Choose a sunny day with your clean, so you can see the coast of Paraty.
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