Pedra da Gavea is a mystic mountain. There is a legend that says that the Phoenicians sculpted their emperor a long time ago when they traveled here, way before the Portuguese colonization.
Truth or not, the mountain indeed resembles a sculpted sphinx, and although being it just a legend, it looks quite intriguing. It's located in between the neigborhoods of São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca. The hike has some scrambling and almost at the top, safety ropes are installed so the participant can climb 10-15 meters of steeper terrain before accessing the summit. In average it takes 5-7 hours. Meeting time usually arround 7 - 8 am.