The face in the mountain
Located in Tijuca Forest in Rio stands this monolithic mountain, the Pedra da Gávea. The monolith is composed of gneiss and granite and it is 844 meters high and also one of the highest mountains in the world whose base ends directly in the ocean. The trails date back to the early 1800s when they were mainly used by the local population of farmers.
This mountain is also the first mountain in Brazil that was named in Portuguese in 1502, by an expeditions sailor that compared its silhouette to that of a topsail.
The erosion and different weatherings have left several cavities in the surface which resemble a stylised human face in the granite. A sight to behold from the skies.