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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  • The trail really is challenging, you have to have a good physical preparation, Made the trip with the Trails of Rio de janeiro, they always go her with large groups, some points require, via P4 you does not pass carrasqueira in ida so in back, some rappelling down by her realmentee recompesador challenge when it's there.
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  • A great hike in the Park of Tijuca. I realized with the guide the Agency France Pascal - Rio.com, which I highly recommend. The hike is quite hard physically, more of 5 h return. But worth the effort.
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  • The trail of the Pedra da Gávea has a somewhat higher difficulty level. Physical conditioning must be in day and the trail requires a lot of knees. Climb with a guide in a group of 5 people by the side of the Devil's throat (unlike most people) and down by Carrasqueira. The view is stunning! But I was worried at various times because the track is very badly signposted and several times I was insecure with the proximity of the slope. Climb with safety equipment all the time. On the way down I was impressed with the people who had the courage to go through without appropriate safety equipment carrasqueira. A lot of crazy! The ride worth super feather, but must be done with a specialized guide and proper equipment.
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