In case you have never been to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,don’t postpone the trip. The beaches there are magical, the foodie scene is bustling and the nightlife is just breathtaking.
However, there’s one more reason to put off money for this journey: Pedra da Gavea, a mountain towering approximately 2762 feet above the vibrant blue of the South Atlantic. This outstanding spot is situated within beautiful Parque Nacional da Tijuca, a large expanse of tropical rainforest right in Rio. From afar, the side of Pedra da Gavea resembles a human face. While some think ancient humans carved it that way, most specialists explain that this “face” was made by erosion. The top of the mountain offers its brave visitors amazing panoramic views of the national park, the ocean, and the city below. But still, it’s a real challenge to enjoy the view: you’ll need the help of a local tour company or brave the way on your own.
“Our Pedra da Gavea Mountaineering Tour involves a 2 hours hike, with a short rock climbing part (15 meters/49 feet), and can be a bit challenging for travelers without experience, or for casual hikers. Once there at the summit, the most beautiful view of the city can be contemplated,” the tour company explains.
“This tour actually falls under the category of mountaineering and not hiking, because it involves a bit of rock climbing, so the use of climbing gear is necessary at some point. The climbing part is short and easy, and no previous experience is required. Due to its difficulty comparing to other hikes we provide, we strongly suggest travelers to be in good physical conditions, since most of this hike is done on a steep trail.”
The hike takes about 3 hours each way and includes a small amount of rock climbing, so a solid fitness foundation as well as plenty of sunscreen, food and water are essential. Rio de Janeiro’s Pedra da Gavea attract many adrenalin-lovers and daredevils. Thus, one couple risked their lives for photos as they were hanginh off cliff edge over 3,000ft drop. Leonardo, a man who risked his and his girlfriend’s lives, explained their crazy move: “I love living on the edge. I know people think it’s dangerous and crazy but it makes me feel alive.” “It is really high and I do just hang on using my arm strength,” he continued. “I have to trust myself not to fall.” Leonardo said: “The first time I did it I was really scared. I didn’t hang off, I just sat on the rock. The second time I was more relaxed and hung over the edge. Once I did cut my arm having to pull myself up. That was the only time I’ve been worried.”
“We love adrenaline and adventure things, there’s no time or weather that stop us,” his girlfriend added. “I think that everyday someone call us crazy, but I think crazy [isn’t] someone that you won’t like. There’s a quote that inspires me a lot: “‘If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal'”