Pedra do Telegrafo is located about 50 km out of central Rio de Janeiro in a neighborhood called Barra de Guaratiba. The tourist attraction is on top of a hill.
How to get to Pedra do Telegrafo
From Rio de Janeiro, it’s definitely easiest to go by taxi/Uber, it takes around 1,5 hour. It’s also possible to take the bus, but it’s three different buses, so it’s not very convenient.
Where to stay
It’s possible to stay in Barra de Guaratiba, but I definitely recommend staying in central Rio de Janeiro, because there’s so much more cool stuff to do. The Copacabana area is probably the nicest and also safest place to stay.
Going to Pedro do Telegrafo itself is free, so you only have to pay for the transportation back and forth. The bus is cheapest, around 20 real (6,5 US$), and uber is around 100 real (31,5 US$).
How much time will you need there
You need to set aside a couple of hours. Once you get to the area, you have to hike up the hill to the top. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes.
Also be aware there might be a queue to take the photos, as it is a popular tourist attraction. I’d set the entire day aside to do it, cause you can easily get stuck in traffic or the queue can be really long.
When is the best time to visit Pedra do Telegrafo
You can go pretty much every season of the years. You’ll get the best view if it’s sunny. When it’s sunny, it means more tourists though, so might want to come early in the morning then.
If it’s cloudy, you can be lucky and there’s no people at all. The view isn’t as beautiful, but you’ll still be able to get some cool photos.
What to do there
You can walk around the area while you’re there. It’s a little beach town, with some nice souvenir booths.
Why should Pedra do Telegrafo be on my bucket list?
Even though most people go there just for the cool photos, it’s actually a really nice hike to the top, and an amazing view. If you’re lucky, you’ll see monkey on the way to the top.
Remember to bring good shoes, as the hike up is very steep! And bring water!