Pedra da Gávea

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Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

1. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

Get spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro on an approximate 3-hour hike of Pedra da Gávea. Follow the challenging nature trails of the largest monolith in the world, starting at sea level and ascending through Tijuca National Park to an altitude of around 840 meters. Trek through the Carrasqueira section using the safety equipment provided by your instructor, and face the challenge of basic rock climbing of approximately 30 meters in height. Once past the Carrasqueira, continue to the mountain summit, and get rewarded with amazing views of the south and west areas of Rio de Janeiro before the walk back down.

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Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

Hike one of the most famous rock formations in this wonderful city, the Pedra da Gavea. Summit at 842 meters and take in the spectacular views of the Bay of Guanabara and some of the main beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Also, see majestic views of famous mountains in nearby Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Bico do Papagaio, Pedra Bonita and Corcovado. During your adventure along the Pedra da Gavea trail, you may also spot some wild animals of the Carioca Atlantic Forest! There are many animal and bird species that live in the greater Tijuca National Park area. Bring your camera and capture the panoramic views this special spot has to offer.

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Rio de Janeiro: Hiking and Rappelling at Tijuca Forest

3. Rio de Janeiro: Hiking and Rappelling at Tijuca Forest

The Tijuca Forest is one of the largest urban forests in the world and is located in the limits of the National Park of Tijuca. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a rich diversity of natural beauty, historical attractions and eco-tourism known worldwide. The trail and Bico do Papagaio rappel begins at the entrance gate of the Tijuca National Park and includes trails through the Mata Atlântica forest, a trip to the visitor center, park museum, Cachoeira das Almas and the trail and rappel at Bico do Parrot. The trek goes on as far as the base of the mountain, where you will find a few more natural obstacles, and a more rugged and steep climb. From the summit of Bico do Papagaio you can enjoy the main mountains of the Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Pedra do Conde, Cocanha, Pedra Bonita and Pedra da Gávea, as well as Sumaré and a small part of Corcovado and Cristo Redentor. The rappel (abseiling) activity is done at the summit of Bico do Papagaio, which is the second highest mountain in the park. The Bico do Papagaio trail and rappel has an estimated duration of eight hours.

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Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea & Garganta do Céu Guided Hike

4. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea & Garganta do Céu Guided Hike

Hike to the cave of Garganta do Ceu for some of the best views of Rio de Janeiro from the monolithic mountain of Pedra da Gávea. Experience the world's biggest block of solid rock by the sea, and get stunning panoramas from its peak of 842 meters above sea level. While shorter than the traditional Pedra da Gávea trail, this hike is considered more difficult as it is steeper and requires good orienteering skills. First, hike through the dense forest with your specialist guide. Upon arrival at the cave of Garganta do Ceu, soak up the spectacular views. Then, continue along the trail to the summit of Pedra da Gávea. Here, you will need to complete some basic rock climbing with the aid of steel cables. All climbing equipment is provided, along with assistance from your guide. Benefit from their expertise as they help the group with all safety techniques and procedures needed. Once at the summit, look out at Guanabara Bay, the districts of Ipanema and Leblon, São Conrado, the Barra Tijuca and the Serra dos Orgaos region. Catch your breath before starting your descent. Return to the base of Pedra da Gávea via Carrasqueira. Descend using techniques similar to your climb. Rappel down the rocks as your guide keeps control of the equipment for your safety. Relax and keep your eyes open for the native wild animals of the Atlantic rainforest of Rio de Janeiro along the way.

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Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gavea Adventure Hike

5. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gavea Adventure Hike

Reach the summit of Pedra da Gavea (Gavea Stone) with an expert guide on this trip from Rio de Janeiro. View stunning landscapes and get amazing views of Rio on this two and a half hour hike with a bit of rock beginner-level rock climbing. Climb to 842m / 2763ft above sea level and experience the beauty of Brazilian nature with views of Tijuca Forest. Try 15m / 49ft of safe, no-experience required rock climbing which you will later have the thrill of repelling down. Enjoy one of the most demanding and beautiful trails in the city with a professional guide to ensure that you do not miss any important features of the hike, and that you are safe.

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What people are saying about Pedra da Gávea

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Absolutely AMAZING hike !!! I highly recommend this experience and the Thiago guide! He was lovely and professional with us, my wife and me. The hike is quite complex overall. There are well inclined walls. But do not panic! If you have a good guide, you don't have to be athletic to get by! With a little attention you will find in the forest, monkeys, birds of all kinds and magnificent plants! And finally, the grail, a breathtaking view of the 3 beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema and São Conrado)! And with a little luck, you will be able to see Christ in the distance if the sight is favorable to you!

Awsome hike with a really nice view! Recomend good shoes and that you use a guide for this one! I was unlucky and hurt my ancle on the way down. Insurance was included and our fantastic guide got us to the hospital for a check up and everything worked out Just fine. Get you guide was very helpful and it was a great experience.

Simply the best business ever purchased on this site. It was a great adventure that lasted one day. The guide was simply very nice and competent ... the path was challenging but it gave me a simply wonderful view! I can only recommend this trek! Thanks for the great experience

Great guide and a great tour. They tend to cancel at really short notice if there are not enough people. Which I can understand but please plan more time. I recommend to just pay for the group to fill up.

Did the tour alone with a guide for an extra charge. It was one of the nicest trips of my life. I can only recommend it to everyone!