Pedra da Gavea, Rio de Janeiro

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
Enjoy a challenging ascent on the site of a famous historical blunder at Pedra da Gavea, a granite and gneiss mountain overlooking Guanabara Bay. Portuguese sailors mistook the bay for an estuary and named the whole area January River, or Rio de Janeiro. At 844 m (2,769 ft), this ranks among the highest mountains in the world that ends directly in the ocean, and offers an advanced and rewarding hike. Expect a steep section of rock climbing, but the payoff comes at the clifftop vantage point, once used to monitor ship traffic. See the rock "carving" that sparked a long controversy among scholars: a natural formation caused by erosion, or a Phoenician or indigenous prehistoric man-made message? Plan to see Pedra da Gavea and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rio de Janeiro itinerary builder.
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  • This beautiful beach of Rio de Janeiro is rather quieter than its neighboring Ipanema and Copacabana, is frequented by local people.
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  • I took the trail they call it "P-4", which is sort of a shorter one, but a bit harder since there are some full vertical climbing spots we took without equipment. But it's ok. That trail will take you...  read more »
  • This is a difficult hike and you should be in good shape to do it. There is a section of rock climbing so be sure to have equipment if you want to see the view. I didn't have ropes so I used a guide f...  read more »
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