The world’s biggest coastline monolith, it also offers one of the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro.

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.

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