Pedra da Gavea, Rio de Janeiro

4.8
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 view of this place is amazing, but the trail to get there is very heavy. Especially for those who are not accustomed to physical activities. Always go with a good guide. It guides you through the best places to walk and provides safety equipment for the part that has the climbing and the rappelling. Take lots of water and snacks/snack, because in the base/surroundings there is nothing to buy.
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  • I went on the trail with my boyfriend and what I think is relevant to say is: 1-ask Uber to pass the gate of condos and leave you at the entrance of the trail, so you avoid to climb an additional stretch. 2-Have a doorman on the track, you sign your name and leave your cel (catches sign there, although kinda bad up there), if you don't come back, theoretically they call the Fireman 3-say they've had robberies there, but with us it was pretty quiet. It was Saturday and was with quite a tourist 4-we walked moderately fast and took almost 2 hours to arrive in the part of Carrasqueira. The total time of track with pictures (we stayed about 1:30h up there) was 6:30h. 5-has difficult stretches-has a stone you put your hand on a vine and the feet in the other and crosses (but it is 1, 5m)-has another steep stone that you can climb with the help of a chain that put there 6-the executionmaker is a point that has a mountain of stone , you can climb climbing on the right or go from rappel (the value is from 35R $ to 50R $ to go up and down) 6-if start the drizzle start to descend, because it is complicated to descend if it is wet 7-there sells nothing, only had a boy with Gatorade up there , then take some food. That's it, I hope I helped you. Good ride!
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  • Incredible hike highly recommended 💪🏼
  • Amazing view!!! If you’re a trail runner you’ll love the small but steep climb! If you’re not then try to digest the uphill! It’ll be worth it
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