Pedra da Gavea, Rio de Janeiro

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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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  • For lovers of extreme sports as rock climbing and trail is the perfect place. The trail should be performed with accompaniment of a guide and walk is a must have good physical conditioning. It's not a light trail. Don't carry valuables only the essentials for a trekking.
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  • If you like adventures you should climb up. You can reach to the very top with the help of your feet and your hands in some parts that require a little of climbing but without the need of a rope/harne...  more »
  • Best hiking trip I had in Rio. I did the tour with NatTrip, and I recommend them. It is doable without a tour, just less safe. It would be faster that way though. Also much cheaper without a tour. It'...  more »

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