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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  • The biggest stone on the beach in the world, located in the tijuca forest and is topissimo, a tourist can go!!
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  • Despite the difficulty to reach the entrance to the Park (there are no posters and occurs only in auto, I went cycling: very tiring), the ride itself is worthwhile. Bring plenty of water, something to eat and like walking. When wet the way I recommend not to do the last part since you must be some preparation to scale and may be dangerous.
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  • The stone is a great attraction, since they make a trail. The view is impressive and iconic, where they begin the jumps with hang gliding.
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