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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  • A moment of calm and serenity in this park .it takes time to observe nature, flowers, animals and eventually the waterfall
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  • a surrounding area very bella.la view improves if it is not very cercana.a three hundred meters away from Leblon is the ideal
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  • It is a great walk. With some parts a bit complicated. It requires some effort. It also has a part where there is to climb. You can do without equipment (there is a sign which clarifies that there is a risk of death), or the best option is to make sure a team of climbing. In my case I did it with the people of Nattrip and the truth that the guide was very professional. So much effort is worthwhile. Even if the day is overcast as it was my case.
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  • BE SURE TO WEAR NON-SLIPPERY FOOTWEAR. Tough path, and couple times scary if you're not a rock climber amateur but the views on the top are magnificent.
  • A bit tough (but through a very beautiful path) to reach the peak, but once you get there your eyes will be rewarded with one of Rio's best view.
  • 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!
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