Pedra da Gávea

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Doni Clemons

For people who like the outdoors, a trek up Pedra da Gávea is not to be missed. Pedra da Gávea is a mountain located in the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro. The mountain is comprised of granite and gneiss with an elevation of 2769 feet. This makes it one of the largest mountains to end directly at an ocean. There are a number of trails that you can hike up with some of them being opened as long ago as the 1800’s. The name of the mountain means Rock of the Topsail and was given to the mountain by Captain Gasper de Lemos due to the shape of the mountain. The hike takes about 2-3 hours to get to the summit. If you’re not accustomed to hiking, you may want to find a tour or group to make the journey with.


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