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, on a legendary monolith with the face of an ancient giant, rising 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 is indicated only to regular hikers in good physical conditions. It takes around 2 hours to reach the summit and the use of climbing gear is needed at some point, for safety reasons. The climbing part is short and easy, and no previous experience is required. The trail is steep but doable for regular hikers but 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.
Rio de Janeiro city, from customer`s hotel or airbnb apartment .
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Daily , under request . Pick ups at 6:00 am during summer, and at 7:00 am for the rest of the year.
Wear good walking or hiking shoes, take a small backpack with plenty of water, snacks and fruits, wear comfortable clothes, wear a cap and sun block on sunny days.
Please click on the PROCEED BOOKING button and fill out the booking form, with all the required info. After you check out you will be directed to Paypal to pay the required deposit of R$ 99.00 per person. If you do not have a Paypal account, simply open a free account, as it only take a few minutes. After booking the tour and paying the required deposit, you will receive a THANK YOU NOTE and a VOUCHER via e-mail. If not, please check your spambox. Voucher does not need to be printed , just keep it in your smartphone.
We collect our customers from their hotels or airbnb apartments at either 06:00am or 07:00am, according to the season ( please check your voucher)
We start the trail at 08:00am, towards the summit.
At 10:00am, we reach the summit of Gavea Mountain. We rest and contemplate the view for about 01 hour.
Around 11:00am we start going down the trail
At 01:pm we arrive at the bottom of the mountain
At 02:00pm customers are already back at their hotels or airbnb apartments.