Our Pedra da Gavea Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro involves a 2.5 hours hike, with a short rock climbing part
About Pedra da Gavea
Our Pedra da Gavea Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro happens between São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca neighborhoods, right on the coast of Rio de Janeiro city, in the Tijuca Forest National Park, where a legendary monolith with the face of an ancient giant rises 842 meters (aprox. 2762 feet) above the sea level. It is one of the world’s largest monolith on a coastline. Pedra da Gavea is an enormous rock surrounded by native, lush vegetation, in the Atlantic Rainforest.
This massive rock is composed of gneiss and granite, and because of its location, it has been eroded by the elements. As time went by, the damage caused by nature gave the vertical face of the rock, the appearance of a human face. This natural incident led to a lot of speculations on whether it was all caused by nature or by some ancient civilization. Portuguese explorers gave the mountain, in 1502, the name of Gavea, due to its resemblance to a crow’s nest (a structure in the upper part of the main mast of a ship that is used as a lookout point). So the name Pedra da Gavea basically means Crow’s Nest Stone.
Our Pedra da Gavea Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro involves a 2.5 hours hike, with a short rock climbing part (15 meters/49 feet), and can be a bit challenging for travelers without experience, or for casual hikers . Once there at the summit, the most beautiful view of the city can be contemplated. Due to its difficulty comparing to other hikes we provide, we strongly suggest travelers to be in good physical conditions, since most of this hike is done on a steep trail.
We start with hotel pick up at 07:00. We reach the beginning of the trail within 30 to 45 minutes according to traffic.
We reach the summit after 2.5 hours of intense hiking, with some climbing parts, arriving there usually between 10:30 and 11:30am. We spend about 01 hour at the summit, contemplating the views and taking pictures.
After the visit we go down the mountain and are back in our vehicle around 01:00pm. Clients are back at their hotels around 02:00pm. End of our operations..
Pick up, drop off, hiking tour, safety gear and guiding services.
Food and beverages.
Plenty of water, snacks, fruits and sandwiches.
Wear good walking shoes, comfortable clothes, a cap and sun block on sunny days. Take plenty of water, fruits and snacks.
3.4 km round trip.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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