Pedra da Gávea

Pedra da Gávea: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

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.

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.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gavea Adventure Hike

4. 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 a guided hike with some rock beginner-level rock climbing in Tijuca Forest National Park. Climb to 842m above sea level and experience the beauty of Brazilian nature with views of Tijuca Forest. Try some beginner-level rock climbing, and enjoy the thrill of repelling down the rock face. Enjoy one of the most demanding and beautiful trails in the city safely with a professional guide.

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What people are saying about Pedra da Gávea

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Hike was more difficult than we expected, but views from the top were excellent. Our guide, Sergio, was terrific. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Pedra de Gavea hike was about 2.3 miles each way with 2400 foot elevation gain. Very steep and slick. Be prepared for a lot of climbing rocks. I am very thankful that we paid for a guide.

I could think of one of the best days in the company of the guide Sergio. He was able to share his passion with us through these 8 hours of hiking and that in 3 different languages. I thank him again for this. Incredible day spent with him. Ps: do not be dizzy and afraid to climb. The view and breathtaking once you get to the top.

Sergio is an excellent guide, and I cannot recommend this experience enough. We were treated with great respect, and Sergio is a wonderful instructor for first time rapellers. He has a very good knowledge of his job and life in Brazil.

Fantastic tourguide Thomas, very knowledgeable and flexible to adjust to customers‘ needs. Stunning views and demanding ascent, but we never felt unsafe during our trip. Thank you for a fantastic day!

Great day,climbing Pedra da Gavea in a nice company under the guidance of Jalmir who is an amazing gentleman.