The trail goes through the Tijuca Rainforest (National Park), one of the largests urban forests in the world with 40 km2. On the way up, you will learn and discover the history of Rio and Tijuca Forest and all about the coffee farms that used to exist there, the reforestation that took place in the XIX century and a lot about the flora and the ecology of the rainforest.
An easy trail takes the group to one of the most stunning summits of Rio de Janeiro with a 50 minute hike going uphill. From the summit of Pedra Bonita (696m/2283ft) and from an unique angle you'll see the famous Pedra da Gávea, the majestic flat rock, like a 'table mountain' and the biggest monolith close to the ocean in the world (842m/2762ft high). From this summit, in clear days, we can also see the West coast of Rio, the Barra area with its lagoons and also Ipanema, Leblon beaches and Dois Irmãos Peaks Hill.Total duration: half-day 4 to 5hHike/trail: 2h (roundtrip) - 3,5km = 2.2 miles - elevation gain: 203m (667ft)Level/difficulty: EASY • Features: Requires reasonable fitness. Short and easy rising trail with height exposure and cliffs at the summit. • What to take: ready-to-eat lunch (fruits, sandwich, etc), water (1,5 liters/person), sunblock, insect repellent and a small backpack (to keep the hands free). • What to wear: athletic clothes and shoes (no sandals!), hat.