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The world's largest costal monolith, Pedra da Gávea, stands over 800 meters above the sea level and offers many climbing routes, some up to 450 meters long. Its best-known climb is Passagem dos Olhos (graded 5.8/4+). The route traverses in a horizontal line across a high, vertical section of the mountain face and offers sweeping views of Rio de Janeiro beaches and the Tijuca forest. Set aside a full day to climb Passagem dos Olhos, as approach to the base and return from the summit are both 1 to 2-hour forest trail hikes

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Planning your climb

Entrance to the Pedra da Gávea trail opens at 8am and it is best to start your adventure at this hour! Getting to the base of Passagem dos Olhos requires hiking up almost the entire mountain and can take between 1 and 2 hours. If you are not in excellent physical form or plan to take breaks to enjoy the views or take pictures, plan for it to take closer to 2 hours

Passagem dos Olhos has an extension of approximately 150 meters, of which about 120 follow in a horizontal line across the mountain face. Although the route is not very difficult (5.8/4+), it is often perceived as more challenging due to its horizontal nature, its height and its sense of exposure. Be prepared for the climb to take longer than you might initially expect. In case of a fall, it is important to know techniques to ascend a fixed rope in order to return to the route

At the end of the climb, a short trail walk leads to the summit of Pedra da Gávea, an impressive plateau offering 360 degree views. It is a fantastic spot to rest and appreciate the unforgettable views over Rio de Janeiro, its mountains, beaches and forests

Return from the summit follows the same trail used to get to the base with an additional section of down-climbing or rappelling over an easy rock scramble known as Carrasqueira

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