After reaching the top of Pedra da Gávea, at an altitude of 844 meters, it is easy to understand why it is coined the most difficult trail in town. Visitors can reach the top of the monolith after a hard and demanding trek of approximately 3 hours.
The hardest leg of the trail, known as Carrasqueira, is a steep wall of rock almost 30 meters high, which must be carefully climbed with rappelling equipment. The reward: one of the most stunning views of the Wonderful City.
From the top, visitors can see the Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the Dois Irmãos Hill and Christ the Redeemer. To top it off, the place is surrounded by the sea on one side and the Tijuca Forest on the other side.
Climbing Pedra da Gávea is only for experienced trekkers. There are passages that require technical climbing knowledge and skills. Therefore, we only recommend climbing along with an extreme sports expert.
There is a beautiful waterfall at the start of the trail where you can freshen up.
Mobile signal available throughout most of the trail.
Fire Department: 193.
During the colder months, bring a coat, preferably waterproof.
Remember to bring water, sunscreen and light foods.
Hire an experienced guide that will follow basic safety rules.
Estrada do Sorimã – Barra da Tijuca, Parque Nacional da Tijuca – Setor C
You can use one of Rio’s taxi companies to reach the Pedra da Gávea trail entrance. Check out taxi rates.
Access through the São Conrado district, at the end of the Estrada do Sorimã, which is accessed via Barrinha. There is a small square and a parking lot at the end of this road.