The arrival of my Paulista friend and her newly migrated french second half required a special tourist program. So we headed to Sao Conrado part of Tijuca Forest to do the Pedra Bonita (beautiful rock) trail. Pedra Bonita has amazing views and is a destination for paragliders and hand gliders.
Yet another time in my life I realized why I never want to drive a manual car when the car we took got stuck going uphill and had to be maneuvered out by our french MacGyver. So, if you attempt to try this trail, make sure to take a car with sufficient horse power or bring a frenchman along.
Why Sphinx in the title? Pedra Bonita has the Sphinx face on it..