Pedra da Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – An Incredible Hike in the Heart of the City!
PEDRA DA GÁVEA – Take a Hike!
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
For all you nature lovers, here is the perfect day hike for you! Set right in the middle of the great city of Rio de Janeiro, Pedra da Gavea is a hikers delight. Known for its famous “face” carved on the side of the rock, it is one of the highest peaks in Rio and the worlds largest monolith on a coastline. It has various levels of difficulties and five different routes you can take to the top.
When: June 27, 2013
I lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 5 years, from 2000-2005. During my time there, I had many awesome adventures, including the day we hiked up Pedra da Gavea.
What: Activities & Tourism
Each trail begins at an easy level, hiking through breathtaking, tropical forests for a couple hours. Reaching the foot of the dome requires a bit of rock climbing, about 50 feet (15 meters) until you reach the summit.
The views from the top are absolutely stunning and worth the hours of hiking. Pack a light lunch or snack and enjoy the sights of the entire city around you!
A few important hiking tips:
- Start early! Depending on the type of weather, it can be incredibly hot and sticky in the summer months or wet during the rainy ones. The hike to the top and back to the bottom is extremely time-consuming. Considering the pace of your hike and the time spent on top, you’ll want to get an early start.
- Give yourself plenty of time! You definitely DO NOT want to get stuck in the dark coming down (speaking from experience). Sunsets are glorious, but if you stay late make sure you have headlights for the hike down. I highly suggest bringing portable headlights with you to be on the safe side. There are many dangerous areas you can miss in the dark, and being prepared can make all the difference.
- Bring plenty of water! To most hikers this is obvious, but because of the humidity and heat of Rio, you can never have too much water. Make sure you arm yourself with plenty of water for your journey. A large-sized water bottle should do the trick.
- Be alert! Yes, there are little animals and snakes along the paths, so make sure you are always looking around you. Every time you embark on a journey into nature, you should always be aware of your surroundings. This is an important tip for not only this hike, but for anywhere you place your feet.
How: Transportation to PEDRA DA GÁVEA
The only way to get to the top is with you good ol’ fashioned legs. If you’re looking for another way, sorry – you’re out of luck.
PEDRA DA GÁVEA – Get Prepared!
Shoe Level: Hiking Boots or Tennis Shoes
This hike requires the highest level of comfort and strength. With the steep trails and the rock climbing, your feet need to be safe and secure inside a sturdy shoe. So put on your hiking shoes and enjoy the hike (and the views) of Pedra da Gavea!