Pedra da Gavea
Pedra da Gavea

Pedra da Gavea

Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22451-261

The basics

While not as famous as Sugarloaf or Corcovado, Pedra da Gavea offers equally spectacular views over Rio de Janeiro. A challenging and well-marked hiking trail leads to the top; hiking tours provide a safe way to complete the trek, as there’s a short and steep ascent near the end that’s easier with ropes and harnesses. For a bird’s eye view of the peak, book a helicopter, hang-gliding, or paragliding tour.

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Things to know before you go

*Wear sturdy shoes with good tread, as parts of the trail can be slippery, especially when wet. *The hike to the peak and back takes around 6-7 hours to complete. *Make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and protection from the sun. *If you don’t plan to hike, views of the mountain from below are best from Zona Sul and Zona Oeste.

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How to get there

The peak of Pedra da Gavea is only accessible by hiking to the top along a 3.2-mile (5.2-kilometer) out-and-back trail. The trailhead is on the eastern side of Barra da Tijuca. The nearest metro stop is Jardim Oceânico; from there you can catch a taxi or walk the rest of the way.

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When to get there

Parts of the trail can get bottlenecked so plan to depart early, especially if you’re hiking during high season in December and January. Plan your hike for a day when the forecast predicts no rain, as the trail can get slippery when wet.

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