When Sydney woman Leslie Ann posted this death-defying photo of her in Rio on international female Facebook group, Girls Love Travel, she didn’t expect it to cause a social media meltdown. In the photo, Leslie appears to be dangling off a cliff-hang by her feet where one simple slip could cause her to plunge to her death.
The daredevil teacher’s photo attracted hundreds of comments, some calling the stunt cool and others describing it as plain scary.
One Facebook user said: “How far is that drop! Cray cray.”
Another said: “Literally had chills just looking at the picture.”
Someone commented: “This is an AMAZING shot!!! You should definitely be framing that and placing it in a prominent location in you house so everyone who visits can see what a badass you are!! 😍😍.”
After hundreds of comments asking if the stunt was real and how it was done, Leslie decided to expose the truth.
Finally, Leslie revealed the secret behind the death-defying photo.
Turns out, it was an optical illusion — beneath the cliff-hang was a spot to stand on! And that’s how Leslie’s guide help her do the trick shot. If she fell, it would only be a meter’s drop to the ground. “I decided on these hikes because they had some amazing views over the city and this one had the awesome cliff optical illusion shot,” said Leslie.
“I came to this hike the day after doing the sunrise hike at Morro Dois Irmãos (the Two Brothers) hike with Hike to Sunrise. He recommended Miguel at Desbravando Rio Tours for the hike to Pedra do Telégrafo to get this iconic shot,” Leslie told Noicely.com.
“This hike was very much worth the early start and the steep trek,” she said.
According to Leslie, there is another spot with a cliff hang but it has a much larger drop than the one at Pedra do Telégrafo.
“That one is called Pedra de Gavea. I wouldn’t actually do anything but sit on that one. I wouldn’t trust my strength enough to be honest,” said Leslie, a single mother to an incredible 8-year-old.
“I don’t travel internationally very frequently. Over the past four years, this is my third trip overseas but I do travel in Australia quite a bit,” said Leslie who only travels when her son is with his father’s family during school holidays.
The Pedra do Telégrafo is popular spot with tourists.