Christ the Redeemer
This statue of Christ the Redeemer was built between 1922-1931. If you don’t include the pedestal, the statue itself is 30m. tall (98 ft.). The project was born as a commemoration of 100 years since the Brazilian independence (1822), and built entirely on donations. It is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
Located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain (just a little over 700m, 2300 ft.) The peak itself is part of the Tijuca Forest, which is in a National Park. Important tip: the park is huge! So activities like visiting Christ the Redeemer and trekking in the forest are things you can do separately, or take a full day trip to do a bit of both).
There are several ways to get to the top:
-By train: the method that was actually used to bring up the construction elements. It might not be the quickest way to get there, but the views along the journey are beautiful.
-By car: at a higher price, this is ideal for those who wish to spend more time at the top and less time trying to get there. Usually the tickets for the transportation -either a private car or shared van- and the peak itself are sold together. You can also get there by taxi.
-Hiring tours: as mentioned, depending on which tour you book, the company will guarantee the access as they see fit according to their schedule.
-Walking: how do you feel about a little work out and getting your body beach-ready? There’s a trilha (trail) that starts at Lage Park. But careful, it’s a steep walk and it will take you maybe 2hs or a bit more to get there. Doable? Yes! For everyone? Not really.
Tip: when you get to the top, there are a few escalators and elevators to get to the actual statue, that will make your journey under the Brazilian sun a bit easier (if you visited before 2002, you might remember a serious amount of steps!!)
This attraction is open every day of the week, from 8am to 7pm. Usually in the early morning is when you’ll find it less crowded, and if you go on a business day you’ll avoid most of the local crowds. Also, you want to pay attention to the weather, as the visibility is affected on foggy days. Remember that between December-March (summer in southern hemisphere) is high season so if you’re thinking of taking the train, buying the tickets online is a great idea, skip the queues and delays.
A trip to Rio isn’t complete without a visit to this iconic place. The idea of Jesus awaiting the visitors with open arms was meant as a symbol of peace so even if you’re not interested in religion, is still quite impressive to see. Today is also seen as a symbol of the Cariocas giving you a warm welcome to their city. The views are spectacular so it’s definitely something to put on your Rio list, and it will help you to have a quick glance of the city (it will do wonders for your sense of orientation). If you want to know what else Rio has to offer, check out our What to do in Rio article!
Map for Christ the Redeemer