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? It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pedra da Gavea and many more Rio de Janeiro attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rio de Janeiro online tour planner .
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  • This is a trail that leads to Pedra da Gávea. Has one of the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro, possibly see the bar and the South side. It's a long trail that, depending on the physical preparation, can be made between 1:40 or 2:30 to climb and a little less down. Most of the trail is easy, but there are portions that require some expertise to climb rocks. There are currents in some of these rocks, which makes the easy resilience, however, there is the famous pedra da Carrasqueira in that it takes dexterity to climb and have no strings or chains. For beginners we recommend a guide (widely available online) that put ropes up and down the Carrasqueira. For the more experienced and/or adventurous enough to climb slowly and with discretion. Other than that, it's worth finding out the weather, bring water and food (light) and use light clothes. It is also recommended to climb in Group and with loaded cell (for photos and asking for help in the event of incidents). It is also recommended to go up soon so as not to run the risk of coming down at night. Children should avoid the trail also. For children consider the Morro da Urca, which is lighter and has a breathtaking view.
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  • Beautiful walk strong. Not recommended for children or the elderly. From there, the view is priceless. Bring lunch and water.
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  • With appearance of a man lying, this on the side of Barra da Tijuca, the pedra da Gávea is intriguing ... There are several legends. Do not advise to do the trail alone ... hire a guide.
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  • Very good hike not impossible but you have to have somewhat a active life. Hike is about 2 hours before you get to big stone. You'll need equipment to get to the top. Great experience I would suggest if you're healthy and fit you definitely have to do this.
  • Great hike.
  • One of the most beautiful hikes in the world!! Pedra da gavea is one of the few places where the mountains meet the ocean and there's nothing in between. Spirituality tranquility and longevity all play a role in this beautiful monolithic Mountain. The hike is at least 4 hours. And let me tell you it is up and up and up and up. So be prepared to go UP! THE HARDEST PART IS THE ROCK SCRAMBLING. 👌😊😁😂. If you have a fear of heights I recommend you really consider hiking Pedra Bonita first! That's little brother. The Rock scrambling is quite dangerous but once you get past it you're in for a world of beautiful breathtaking and stunning views!
  • One of various short but spectacular hikes around Rio!
  • Very good !! 😎😎😛

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