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? 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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  • I hiked this mountain. It took about 8 hours but it was so worth it. The whole experience was incredible.  more »
  • This hike is no joke! It starts off like a walk in the park (because that's what the beginning literally IS) but then the relentless uphill path starts to take its toll. You'll feel your legs get...  more »
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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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