The Pedra da Gavea hike is the ideal challenge for those looking for adventure, adrenaline and the most beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Pedra da Gavea is 842 meters high and is one of the most famous rock formations in the wonderful city. Going up Pedra da Gavea is the dream of many cariocas and travelers. From the top of Gavea, which is the largest block of rock by the sea in the world, you can see the Guanabara Bay and some of the main beaches of the city of Rio de Janeiro: Ipanema, Leblon, Barra da Tijuca and São Conrado. It’s also possible to see some other mountains of the Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Bico do Papagaio, Pedra Bonita and Corcovado. On blue sky days you can also see the mountains of the Serra dos Orgaos.
The Pedra da Gavea hike is located inside the carioca Atlantic Forest, in the Tijuca National Park, which means that during the tour there is the possibility of finding wild animals. Most of the year the climate in Rio de Janeiro is hot and humid, so all participants should be well hydrated and carry at least 3 liters of water for the activity. It is necessary to administer the duration of the tour to Pedra da Gavea as the Tijuca National Park closes at 17:00 (5pm).
Overcome the carrasqueira climb on the Pedra da Gavea hike
The Pedra da Gavea hike is considered a very beautiful trail and with several natural obstacles, which are easy to overcome. Most of the time the climb is steep and heavy. The two main challenges in the Pedra da Gavea hike are: first the great ascent of about two and a half hours and second a 30 meter section of basic level climbing called the Carrasqueira. To overcome the climb in Carrasqueira it’s not necessary to have previous experience with rock climbing. The tour guide will assist all participants using rock climbing equipment, techniques and procedures required to perform the adventure with comfort and safety.
The descent through the Carrasqueira climbing section is done with the use of a technique, similar to rappelling, where the guide will be controlling the equipment and the descent, offering much more security for the group. You and your friends will only need to enjoy the moment and hit lots of photos.
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What’s included in Pedra da Gavea hike?
Adventure Tourism Guide specialized in Vertical Techniques, Trails and Hiking
Guided hike to Pedra da Gavea
Certified climbing equipment for local use
Personal accident insurance
Transportation to the activity (optional)
Any item not described as included
Starting times and location
When and where does the Pedra da Gavea Hike start?
Location: Praça Desembargador Araújo Jorge, Barra da Tijuca
Available times: 07:30 with 30 min tolerance
Approx. total duration: 8h
How to get to Pedra da Gavea hike meeting point?
Open Groups starting location:
What to bring?
What to bring to Pedra da Gavea Hike?
Comfortable footwear with good adhesion, closed and coated (Tennis shoes, Boots, etc.)
Water compartment (we suggest carrying at least 3 liters)
For those who are allergic to mosquitoes, we advise to take repellent
Backpack to carry your belongings is required. Hand or shoulder bags are not allowed.
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Important things you should know before booking!
Before booking any product, check the risks involved, what’s included, the necessary equipment and the FAQ. If doubts arise, contact us.
When booking any tour, the tourist attests knowledge to the natural risk inherent in ecotourism and adventure activities as well as the activities risks. If you wish to understand more about the risks involved, contact us.
The excessive ingestion of alcoholic beverages or the use of drugs, as well as the carrying of weapons of any kind, before or during activities, is not allowed under penalty of exclusion of the participant.
The itinerary and the order of the tours can be changed due to the weather and/or adverse conditions inherent to the practice of ecotourism and adventure tourism.
How to get in touch with us?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, id, booked tour and callback information.
Via Whatsapp our number is +55 (21) 96931-8893.
If you are in Rio de Janeiro, direct call 3264-0182 or 96931-8893.
If you are in Brasil but not in Rio de Janeiro, use phone operator code and area code 0 XX 21 3264-0182 or 0 XX 21 96931-8893. Please check available operator codes in your location.
If you are not in Brasil, use the country and area codes +55 (21) 3264-0182 or +55 (21) 96931-8893.
Frequently asked questions about the Pedra da Gávea Hike
Do I need to have climbing experience?
No, the climbing section that the trail has is basic and the guide takes all the safety equipment to overcome it.
How long does the trail take?
Approximately 2h30 to 3h30 climbing up the trail. The whole activity lasts around 8 hours, however it can vary according to the rhythm of the group.
Is it very difficult?
It is considered a moderate upper level trail. However, anyone with the least physical fitness can do the trail.
What ages is it suitable? Child or elderly pay half??
It can be done by children from 7 years of age on. We do not have maximum age restriction. The value is the same for everyone.
If it rains on the activity day? Is it still happening?
If Nattrip sees a probability of heavy rain, that may compromise the progress of the tour, we will inform the participants in advance.
Can we go in the afternoon/evening? Can it start at 9:00 am? 7:30 is too early!
The Park’s opening hours are from 8am to 5pm, we can only hike the trail within these hours, respecting the Park’s Management Plan. We always cherish for the safety and well-being of our guests and due to the intense visitation of the Park we always advise to start at 8:00 a.m. maximum.
Do you have a discount for 3 people?
We offer discount for large groups of 6 or more people. If you wish to pay cash directly at Nattrip agency until the day before the tour, we can give you a 10% discount.
What is included in this value?
There are several items of intangible value involved, such as the training and experience of professionals from customer service to field operation. The Adventure Tourism Leader (ISO 21102) is a tour guide specialized in Mountaineering and Vertical Techniques. He has all necessary knowledge on the tour and furthermore will indicate the best places and angles for photographs. The value also includes the professionals who will be monitoring the activity from within the agency. Included in the quantifiable items are the Pedra da Gávea Trail guiding, the climbing equipment to be used during the Carrasqueira climbing transposition, as well as pre-tour assessment and personal accident insurance.
Can I bring my Pet?
Domestic animals are not allowed to enter Conservation Units due to zoonosis, which is the transfer of micro-life (bacteria, viruses, etc.) between domestic and wild animals. The pet may receive veterinary care, but the wild animal does not have this benefit.
Can I use sandals?
No, only enclosed shoes. We recommend shoes with good adhesion.
Is there telephone signal or network?
Yes, most of the trail has phone signal and 3G or 4G internet.
How do we get from the meeting point to the trail?
The Tour Leader will pick you up at the meeting point and guide you to the trail.
Is there risk of assault or robbery?
Just like anywhere else in Rio de Janeiro or any big city, there is a risk of theft. Though, the Environmental Police Command and the Municipal Defense Environmental Defense Group are working in the Tijuca National Park. There has never been an occurrence with any of our groups.
What should I bring?
Comfortable footwear with good adhesion, closed and coated (Tennis, Boot, etc.), light snack, water compartment (we suggest carrying at least 3 liters), garbage compartment, sunscreen, for those who are allergic to mosquitoes, we advise to bring repellent. Backpack to carry your belongings is mandatory. No handbag or shoulder bag will be allowed.
The tour guide takes photos?
All of our guides know the best photo spots and will be there to advise and assist you, but they are not professional photographers and will not be carrying photographic equipment.
How much is the tandem flights from the top of the Pedra da Gavea?
The flights from top of Pedra da Gávea are made only by professional sportsmen of Wing Suit, Base Jumping and Paragliding, there is no commercial tandem jump from there. Commercial jumps and flights are performed from the free flight ramp at the base of Pedra Bonita.
Is transport included? How do I get there?
With the transportation option you can be picked up at your hotel and then go to the tour meeting point in a executive car. It is optional only for private groups. If you prefer one of the options without transportation, we will tell you the best way to get to the meeting point in the confirmation email of your tour.
What is the difference between open and private group?
The open group tour allows any customer to participate, however a minimum of 3 people is required for the group to leave and a 72 hour advance notice to reserve a new date if the existing dates are not compatible for you. There is no transportation to the place of the tour, a meeting point will be used. The private group tour includes an option of transportation to the activity site with different rates. Optional activities can be requested during the booking process if available.
183,34 BRL (10% of discount)
165,00BRL per person on local deposit or transfer
183,34 BRL for payments with Credit Cards, PayPal or PagSeguro (up to 3x without interests)
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We work with small groups!
‣ 1 guide for 6 people
‣‣ For Private Groups, get in touch
‣‣‣ For larger Groups, more guides will lead the activity
More than 5 participants? Get in touch!
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• Daily departure available;
• Please consider that this tour requires booking at least one day in advance.
Type of Groups
Group: open to any customer to join*;
Private: exclusive to the customer that booked;
Private with transport: Includes round trip transportation to activity.
*It is necessary a minimum quorum of 3 participants for the activity to occur. In case you are booking alone, you will automatically join an existing group or create a new one depending on the chosen date. Nattrip will work to hit the minimum quorum but if we are not successful, you may reschedule your activity or ask for a full refund.
Maps and Orienteering
Pedra da Gávea, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil