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The Pedra de Gavea is an impressing granite mountain on Rio's shoreline, easily recognizable for its huge flat top. It is certainly the city's most beautiful hike, but it is only recommended for the reasonably fit and experienced hiker. During the three hour trail, we are inside the Atlantic Rain Forest, which once covered the whole of the coastline of southern Brazil. On the last part the vegetation is lower and the views are breathtaking; a blend of forested slopes, deep blue ocean and the Marvellous City. After a short and easy rock-climb we reach the summit - perhaps Rio's most spectacular viewpoint and one enjoyed by few visitors.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in and around Rio de Janeiro
What to do in Rio de Janeiro

Sugar Loaf Hiking

Avoid the crowds and reach the summit on a challenging hike up Sugar Loaf, in the company of expert guides.

Tujica Forest

Discover isolated waterfalls and lush 'Mata Altantica' vegetation in the Tijuca Forest, the world's largest urban forest.

Ilha Grande hiking

Journey along the coast to the forest-covered 'Big Island' to enjoy wonderful hiking opportunities and idyllic jungle-fringed…