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Pedra da Gávea

São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22451-261 Brazil
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  • Pedra da Gávea
    luizricardod
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Pedra da Gávea (literally Rock of the Topsail), is a monolith rising 842 meters above sea level at the highest point, located in Floresta da Tijuca in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. It is the world's largest monolith on a coastline. The rock is composed of gneiss and granite, and due to its position, size and coastal location, as well as the lack of purchase for vegetation, has been heavily eroded by the elements. The damage caused to the vertical face of the rock creates the impression of a stylized human face —a pareidolic simulacrum. Several alternative explanations for the appearance of the rock have been forwarded over the years, but there does not appear to be any sound archaeological basis for claims of human shaping.

    The formation is visible at sea, and is an ideal reference point for navigation.

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  • Pedra da Gávea
    Leonardo Stanziola
    5 Aug 03, 2012

    The best activity in Rio.

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  • Pedra da Gávea
    Moa Nunes
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Amazing place! Thanks God!

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    Denise Legey
    5 Nov 05, 2012
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Marvel at the life like appearance of Pedra da Gavea, or Topsail Rock, in Rio de Janeiro. Located next to the coastline, this monolith with a shape that resembles a person's face reaches a maximum height of about 2,762 feet above sea level. Hike to the top to experience an amazing view of your surroundings, including the sparkling water of the Atlantic Ocean and area peaks, such as Corcovado and ... read more
Pico da Tijuca. This trek is advised only if you have some climbing experience and are in reasonably good physical condition, since portions of it are of intermediate difficulty.

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