Photographer's Note

Photo taken from Pedra Bonita - the "galera" there are quite alternative folks. They did a meditation session reaching the top of Pedra Bonita followed by kind of ritual in a circle formation-they had a berimbau (instrument typical in capoeira sessions)with them inclusively.

Pedra da Gávea (the rock/mountain that you are seeing) is a reference in Rio de Janeiro since 1502. It is mentioned on the travel log of Captain Gaspar de Lemos, the commander of the first Portuguese fleet to visit Rio. It earned its name for resembling the crow's nest on a ship.

The most interesting feature of Rio de Janeiro's table mountain is that it is decorated with the wind-sculpted face of a stone giant. The mountain is a challenge to mountain climbers, and should only be explored with an experienced local guide.

Pedra da Gávea is surrounded by mistery. Legend goes that there are Phenician inscriptions dating back to immemorial times. They would say something something like Tyro/Phenicia/Badhezir/First-Born Son/Jethbaal. There have actually been expeditions searching for the tomb of King Badhezir.

This story was used in the plot to a deliciously campy movie made in the 1970's, now remastered and available on DVD. Roberto Carlos e o Diamante Cor de Rosa (Roberto Carlos and the Pink Diamond) is starred by the Brazilian King and his partners Erasmo Carlos and Wanderlea. They end up finding the diamond hidden in the eye of the stone giant. The musical numbers and psychedelic clothes are irresistible, and there are many nostalgic images of Rio. Part of the action was shot on location in Japan and Israel.

Since climbing Pedra da Gávea is not for everyone, you may consider a visit to Pedra Bonita that is right behind it. From the overlook you have a privileged view to the face of the stone giant. To your left is the South Side of Rio, past the Dois Irmãos Hills. On a bright day you can see all the way to the mountain range of Serra de Itatiaia, and its peak named Dedo de Deus (God's finger). To the right is the west side of Rio, with Barra da Tijuca, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, and Jacarepaguá. The beach reserve of Grumari can also be seen from here.

Pedra Bonita can be easily reached by car, going up a road named Estrada das Canoas. Many experienced hanggliders in Rio offer dual flights, and this is the spot where you jump from. They will pick you up and drop you off safe and sound at your hotel. Flights land on a special spot at the beach, the experience is really unforgettable. Even if you don't dare to try, you will always have fun seeing others on their first flight.

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  • Copyright: Marque Berger (rio_de_janeiro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 82 N: 410] (2091)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-06-25
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/6.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2006-06-25 16:50
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Additional Photos by Marque Berger (rio_de_janeiro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 82 N: 410] (2091)
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