How to Get to Pedra Do Telegrafo

Pedra do Telegrafo

How to Get to Pedra do Telegrafo

Pedra do Telegrafo

Pedra do Telegrafo

If you want a famous photo of yourself hanging off the edge of a cliff, grab your hiking boots and some courage and head to Pedra Do Telegrafo in Barra de Guaratiba, Brazil. Nestled 354 meters above ocean level this optical illusion is a must-see while in Rio.


  • Arrive early or expect a long wait to get a photo.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Bring bottles of water.
  • Bring cash if you would like to pay the photographer for photos

Be prepared for about an hour drive outside of the Copacabana area depending on where you are staying.

Driving Directions to Pedra do Telegrafo: 

  1. Take an Uber or drive to Marambaia Cafe 
  2. The alleyway to the right of Marambaia Cafe is the start of your hike. Follow the yellow footprints up the start of the trail.

Pedra do Telegrafo

Bus Directions to Pedra do Telegrafo:

  1. Take a bus to Terminal Alvorada.

2. Find a blue express bus to Malto Alto station.

3. Take the local bus 867 towards Barra de Guaratiba.

4. Get off at Barra de Guaratiba and walk towards the yellow church.

5. Take the stairs beside the church to an alleyway that goes up (you’ll know what I mean when you get there).

6. The alleyway is the start of your hike. Follow the yellow footprints up the start of the trail.

If you get lost, be sure to ask the locals, and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. We met a guy who was kind enough to drive us up to the start of the trail. You may not be so lucky so come prepared with a positive attitude and comfortable shoes. There’s a hike to the start of the trail (about .2km) and the hike itself is 1km. It took us about 1.5 hours from start to finish due to the muddy conditions. Luckily, we got there early and only had to wait about 25-30 minutes to take our photos.

Pedra do TelegrafoPedra do Telegrafo

If you’re worried about getting the perfect shot for a few dollars you can have a professional photographer take your pictures. He’ll help you with the best poses and deliver your pictures via his website later that evening.

Even though Pedra do Telegrafo is an optical illusion, its still pretty high up in the air. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart (hiking or getting the perfect shot)! If you can handle the hike there are amazing views the entire way up.

Pedra do Telegrafo Trail

Pedra do Telegrafo Trail

Pedra do Telegrafo Trail

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20 comments on “How to Get to Pedra Do Telegrafo

  1. What a great view! I’m relieved to know there was a ledge under you, it made me a little nervous to look at the photos!

    1. Yeah there is a ledge but it’s still scary. One wrong move and you’re rolling down the hill side lol. Thank you for reading.

  2. You got pretty cool shots on Pedra do Telegrafo! I can’t see my self doing those shots because I am afraid of heights.

  3. I think this place gone viral on IG last year. I thought it was too high, but turns out just an illusion, lol awesome.

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