Published On: Thu, Apr 21st, 2016

Is this the most dangerous selfie spot in the world? Tourists perch on 2,769ft high cliff in Brazil to get the perfect shot


  • Pedra da Gavea, a mountain on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has become popular for tourists and locals
  • People have been visiting the site and posting photos of themselves posing dangerously near the edge of the cliff
  • There are sometimes thousands of likes for the images on Instagram with tens of thousands sharing their version

If you don’t have a head for heights then you may not want to see evidence of the latest travel trend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – posing on the edge of a 2,769ft-high rock.

Pedra da Gavea, a mountain on the outskirts of the city, has become a hot new spot for tourists to hike to.

But simply scaling its peaks is no longer enough as it seems tourists are pulling increasingly nail-biting stunts that will have some of us feeling the effects of vertigo without even being there.

A quick search on Instagram has revealed thousands of posts involving people posing in precarious positions on the mountain, which is one of the highest coastal mountains in the world, according to Australian Traveller.

Their daring pictures are getting hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of likes and being shared on other accounts on the site.

The majority of people, like Lilian Carvalho and Renan Serrano, preferred standing or sitting near to the edge of the cliff-face.

But some are even more daring.

Wellerson Boldrini, for example, is pictured lying down on the rocks, looking as if though he’s about to slide off into the abyss below.

On some of the other photos posted on the mountain, he is even seen leaping into the air and standing right next to the top of a jagged edge.

Viviane Mota took the opportunity to pose for photos while standing and lying down near the edge of the cliff-face.

When Flavia Kozlowsky visited the site, she took the opportunity to pose as if though she’s about to charge off the edge of the cliff.

Rather humourously, she’s written in the captions: ‘Super Girl. I forgot the red cape. I will bring it next time.’

Gabrielle Rodrigues hiked up to the top of Pedra da Gavea with her boyfriend Igor Carmo to get a photograph of the two of them together.

They’re sitting side by side but all you see is their feet dangling over the side of the cliff-face with the beach very far below them.

Lucas Mattos also took a moment to admire the views, with his legs dangling over the sides, when he reached the top of the mountain.

The daredevil also shared a gut-wrenching shot of himself hanging off a ledge using just one arm to support himself – a true testament to how far travellers will go to get the perfect shot.


News Source DailyMail

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