Hiking on Pedra da Gavea


Pedra da Gavea Overview

2+ people: R$180-R$240/person
1 person: R$400

Location: Tijuca National Park
Duration: 6-8 hours total
Fitness demand: Heavy
No experience required

The Pedra da Gavea trail is one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Located within the Tijuca National Park and passing through the Atlantic Forest, the trail is a steep ascent to the summit of the world’s tallest coastal monolith. From the top, the views stretch across the entire city of Rio de Janeiro - it’s possible to see Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Sao Conrado, and even the mountains of the Serra dos Orgaos

Group hiking up Pedra da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hiking Pedra da Gavea

We start the hike at 8am when the entrance to the trail opens. The trail passes through the Atlantic Forest, a beautiful and shaded natural environment rich in diverse fauna and flora. It is a steep hike, with many natural obstacles and challenges along the way

After completing about two-thirds of the hike, we arrive at a 30-meter “scramble” - a steep, rocky section called Carrasqueira where we use a rope and other rock climbing equipment to get to the top safely. The trail exits the heavily forested area at this point and the views open up! After another 20 minutes of hiking, we arrive at Gavea’s incredible summit - an impressive plateau offering 360-degree views of Rio de Janeiro and its spectacular landscape

After enjoying some time at the summit and taking a lot of pictures, we begin our hike back along the same trail used to summit. We descend Carrasqueira using a rope and a technique similar to rappel, allowing us to pass the section with safety and confidence

Although the trail is strenuous, prior hiking or rock climbing experience is not required. Our guides always lead at a pace that is suitable for all participants. Furthermore, they always stay close and give lots of hiking and climbing tips along the way!

One person: R$400
Two people: R$240 per person
Three or more: R$180 per person
Maximum guide to participant ratio is 1:6
All reservations are private - your guide will be exclusive to you and your group

Availability and booking

Hiking on Pedra da Gavea can be booked any day of the week, subject to our guide availability. Please use our booking system to check our availability

Start times shown in the booking system are carefully chosen to optimize the hiking experience (e.g., hike when the trail is in the shade or the temperatures are at their lowest). If you would like to start your hike at a time that is different from what is offered in the booking system, please contact us to discuss the possibility

What is included

Certified mountain guide

All safety equipment including rope, harnesses and helmets

What you should bring

Water (at least 1.5L per person)

Sandwich and snacks

Sunscreen and bug repellent

Backpack - it’s important to keep your hands free. Hand bags and shoulder bags should be avoided

Wear walking, hiking or running shoes. Flip-flops and casual sandals are not permitted on the hike

Where we meet

Praça Desembargador Araújo Jorge in the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca



Keep these in mind

Participant responsibilities

You are an equal partner in the safety and success of your mountain experience. Ensure that you read and understand your responsibilities as a participant

Assumption of risk

It is impossible to eliminate all risks associated with mountain activities. Our goal is to minimize your risk, but ultimately you must assume full responsibility for your participation. Ensure that you read and understand our assumption of risk terms

Cancellation and rescheduling policy

Read our cancellation and rescheduling policy to understand what happens if you need to change your plans or if the conditions on the reserved day are not suitable for your chosen activity


 Secure online booking

Booking is easy. Our availability is reflected live in the system. Making your booking will secure your date and you can contact us at any time to ask questions, discuss options and finalize details!

Interested in expanding your skills to take on bigger adventures? Check out our extensive range of outdoor rock climbing courses in Rio de Janeiro