Lace up your shoes and get ready for two days of adventure in Rio de Janeiro, enjoying the region's stunning natural beauty and mild climate to hit the trails. On your first day hike to Pedra do Telégrafo to take see views of the surrounding mountains and take the iconic daring photo with the hanging rock. On the second day hike to Pedra da Gávea, where you'll see local wildlife and panoramic views of the city and coast.

Highlights

  • Hike to Pedra do Telégrafo for a famously daring photo opportunity
  • Enjoy nature, wildlife, and coastal views on the Pedra da Gávea hike

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Pedra do Telégrafo Hiking Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 Pedra da Gávea Hike Rio de Janeiro

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Pedra do Telégrafo Hiking

Pedra do Telégrafo daring photo
Pedra do Telégrafo daring photo

Pedra do Telégrafo is one of Rio's most popular hiking spots, attracting visitors from all over the world to take photos on the seemingly dangerous precipice. The rock is located at the top of Morro de Guaratiba, inside the limits of the Pedra Branca State Park, which protects one of the largest urban forests of the world. The name Telégrafo comes from its use as a military telegraph communication station during wartime. 

The hike to Pedra do Telégrafo begins at Praia Grande in Barra de Guaratiba, starting with a section called fisherman's pathway. As you hike up the 2.2 mile (3.5 km) trail, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding forests and beaches.  Once you reach the rock, as your guide to help you take creative photos. The iconic rock overhangs the ground by about 6.5 feet (2 m) but creates the illusion of a death-defying drop. 

As you hike and at the summit, take in the sweeping views of Rio de Janeiro's winding beaches, including the Restinga da Marambaia peninsula and its long white sand beach, one of the longest beaches on the coast.

Day 2: Pedra da Gávea Hike

Pedra da Gávea summit
Pedra da Gávea summit

The Pedra da Gávea hike is the ideal challenge for travelers looking for adventures, adrenaline and beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro. 

From the top, look out over Rio's famous beaches, including Ipanema, Leblon, Barra da Tijuca, and São Conrado. You can also see the Guanabara Bay, as well as the mountains of Tijuca National Park, Bico do Papagaio and Corcovado. On clear days visitors can see all the way to the neighboring cities of Petrópolis and Teresópolis.

Pedra da Gávea is located inside the Tijuca National Park which protects a large swath of the Atlantic rainforest, and seeing wildlife is common on this hike. Weather in the area is hot and humid, so make sure to bring extra water with you. 

The biggest obstacle on this hike is the Carrasqueira, a 65 ft (20 m) long section of rock climbing. It's not necessary to have previous climbing experience, as your tour guide will assist all participants in using the appropriate safety equipment and techniques. 

Map

Map of Hike Gávea & Telégrafo in Rio - 2 Days
Map of Hike Gávea & Telégrafo in Rio - 2 Days