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 place has an amazing view from bottom to top, it's not the hardest climb, neither the easiest one - but you'll get tired anyway. I've heard a lot of people complainning about being robbed on their...  more »
  • I love this hike. It's long and intense. At least two hours going up at a nice easy pace. If your not comfortable with heights and some level of rock climbing, this might not be a good experience for ...  more »
  • Pedra Da Gavea is incredible beautiful as well as difficult hiking route, therefore you should be prepared to pour some sweat. I arrived to the Parque Nacional Da Tijuca by a city bus. It took about 4...  more »