This is it! My soul remaining shot of the Corcovado. Oh well to be honest my other shots were done late in the afternoon and against the sun. Unfortunately I lost most of my shots of the Christ the Redeemer in a camera mishap.
The Corcovado and the statue of Christ the Redeemer (in Portuguese Christo Redentor) that sits on top of it, is certainly the most important monument. The statue is an magnificent example of Art Deco sculpture. It was completed in 1931, 9 years late as it was suppose to be built in 1922 in honour of Brazil's 100th year of independence. The statue stand 38 meters high and looks out eastward towards Sugar Loaf Mountain. It was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, a Rio engineer and sculpted by Paul Landowski, a Polish-French sculptor out of reinforced concrete with soapstone layers covering it. .
I visited the Corcovado by way of a tour that also included Sugar Loaf Mountain (and getting stuck in traffic jams so you have been warned!). The tour included the price of going up to the statue at the top of the 710 metre by way of a rack railway that takes you along the edge of Rio's stunning Tijuca Forest. I visited the monument in the late afternoon, just before sunset. It was very crowded and it was hard to maneuver around the base of the statue. Still the views were stunning. You can see all Re De Janiero from here, including the famed Copacabana and Inpanema beaches.
The Christ the Redeemer is subject to regular restorations and more minor maintenance work. As you can imagine standing on top of an exposed hill in a very polluted city, the statue is subject a great deal of environmental hazards. It must be quite an effort to keep it as white as it is.
If you are going on your own, the cost of your visit is R$36.00. It is open daily from 8:30am to 8pm.
A must in Rio is to see the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue. Towering over the city on Corcovado mountain 30 m high, it was finished in 1931. It is usually very busy here with tourists buying all kinds of souvenirs in the overpriced shops. We got there via taxi but there is a bus 583 and the subway. don't forget to take pics of the city from this great vantage point.
The Christ Redemeer is an absolute must-do when visiting Rio de Janeiro. The view over the city is absolutely amazing and you feel like you are on top of the world. Getting to the statue isn't a problem because the taxis leave you right next to the statue. I highly recommend this Wonder of the world!
Corcovado is the high mountain you have over Rio where there is a statue of christ on the top.
The statue of christ is actually not that pretty.
It's a fairly ugly concrete construction with no specific details, but the view from Corcovado is one of the very best views in the world and going up there is an absolute must when you are in Rio cause the spectacular setting of the city really comes to it's right up there.
There are many ways of getting up there but i would recommend taking the little train as that takes you through some really nice nature on the way up the mountain and you have some great views from the train too.
Who hasn't used the expression "breathtaking view"? You have to go to Corcovado and look down to feel the real meaning of the expression.
Suddenly, you feel that you have all the air in the world around you and all for yourself, but... you can't breathe it.
Depending on the mist conditions, the sights may vary from fabulous to... unbelievable. They say that Rio de Janeiro is the most beautiful town in the world. I don't know. But, from the Corcovado, no one dares to deny.
As you stand at the feet of the Christ, you will be able to pick out other city landmarks such as Copacabana beach and the world-famous Maracana football stadium. Standing with outstretched arms, embracing the stunning cityscape below, the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Christo Redentor) is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The statue stands atop the 700-metre Corcovado (meaning hunchback) mountain, and to come to Rio without visiting 'the big guy' would be simply unthinkable. Indeed, in 2007 the Christo Redentor was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the New Open World Corporation. At 39.6 metres tall and weighing 700 tons, the Christ statue is an impressive sight in itself, but it is the views from his mountain-top home, high amid the trees of the Tjuca Forest, that really make the trip a must do.
Cab ride with tip from Ipanema to Corcovado is $15.50 Reals = $5.82 US dollars.
The cab driver might ask you if you want to be driven up to Christ and then he will wait for you, then drive you back. this might be a good idea since the lines for the trains are very long. We did not do this only because we didn't want to make the poor guy wait for us, hoping that we will come back to pay him. We also wanted to take all the time we needed taking pictures.
Tickets on the train that takes you to Big J is $30 reals a person = $11.26 a person
Tickets are timed, so if there is a big crowd you might have to wait a half hour or more before hopping into the train.
If Jesus's head is up in the clouds, then just have a rest at the cafes. The clouds might clear like it did for us. It is very crowded up there when you take pictures so be prepared to elbow some grandmothers.
the official site with many must_see places, click for english version.
I chose the christ statue for tips because he was chosen by us, cariocas , the Rio's wonder. And now he is one of 7 modern World wonders , you can't miss it !
The views from Christ the Redeemer are well...quite frankly there isn't anything that can be written that can properly describe the views of the deep purple ocean spilling up against the curvaceous coastline with oval shaped mountains rising high into the sky...so why even bother? But I will say this be sure to go on a sunny day...if you don't you may end up feeling like your head is in the clouds...quite literally. Cloudy days often mean you views of Rio will be views of a milky white mist. So check the ten day weather before planning your visit.
We were offered a tour to take us here and Sugar Loaf for 210 Real but as it turns out we were pleased we headed here on our own by taxi . It was so easy to do and gave us the time we wanted to explore. We alos saved a bundle!
We flagged a taxi infront of our hotel and it took us 30 minutes in traffic and 28 real to get there.The driver offered to wait ( saying he would turn off the meter.There are lots of taxis so this is not necessary .The train was running so we were taken to the top by a shuttle bus .The entrance fee is 17Real. Thed rive winds through the lush tropical Tijuca Jungle .At the stop are 200 steps or an elevator to take you to the top .We opted for the later!! Unfortunately when we reached the top it was so cloudy we couldn't see the view below. Oh well that's how it goes. We contented ourselves with seeing the amazing stautue up close and we did catch some glimpses of the views from the lower levels.!!
By the way the can driver didn't turn off the meter...see how that unfolded in my Sugar Loaf Tip!
The city of Rio sits within the long shadow of one of the worlds newest seven wonders. With his unblinking eyes and his all encompassing outstretched arms, Cristo the Redeemer welcomes all to the city he overlooks. In Rio, Cristo is everywhere you look, your eyes will instantly be drawn to his high dwelling presence above and you will find you are mesmerized by him...even if you happen to be a Jew, Muslim, or Atheist. Because this particular Cristo pays no mind to your religious views...rather he offers magestic, panoramic views of of one of the most magnificent cities in the world for all those who will heed his call. Speaking of which heeding his call consists of many options including tour groups, taxis, or buses all of which end up at the train station. But the reward of ascending up to bask in his presence does have a cost. $36 real to be exact, for a roundtrip ticket that will take you to the stairway to heaven....220 steps to be exact. And for those who don't feel like putting in the effort there is a elevator as well. But do yourself a favor (unless your in a wheelchair) and take the steps to the top and know this, once you get to the top you will have your reward.
For those who are on a budget take the 584 bus which runs through almost all the tourist areas and deposits you right at the train station for a mere $2 real. It's the best deal in town!
Christ the Redeemer is outstanding. We did it in the daylight. If I were to do it again I would do it at sunset, which I've seen some great photos of. Only taxis and tour companies can bring you up, so that's the high-priced part of it.
The morning tour starts with a trip to the train station. Take the train through the Tijuca rain forest to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. You'll spend up to an hour here with your tour guide, who will show you the sights of Rio from this towering mountain-top vantage point. The tour was capably organized by the locals. The guide was very friendly, easily understandable and informative! People at the local agency was very accommodating.
Corcovado is located within the ‘Parque Nacional da Tijuca’, and we went on a beautiful jeep ride up through the national park to get to the top of the 710 meters high mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The statue was built between 1926 and 1931, and has a height of 38 meters and a weight of 1145 tonnes. The base of the statue houses a small chapel which can accommodate approx. 150 persons.
It is one of the most famous sites in Rio, and we were really looking forward to visit the Corcovado Hill. We weren’t disappointed, from the top was a magnificent view of Rio, the sea, and the surrounding mountains. Stunning - even though it was a cloudy day and the view a few times was completely blocked by clouds. Check the weather before you go… Clouds, heat, and air pollution could block the view from Corcovado…
Christ the Redeemer is also beautiful viewed from a distance, especially at night when it is lit – a world known symbol for Rio de Janeiro… Corcovado is one of the things you must do/see when visiting the city...
Must see for all visitors. We took taxi to the redenter and back. After reaching the peak, you take a small govt van to the top. Cost is included in the ticket price. Tickets were 24 Rias per person. Taxi from Ipanema and back cost us 120 Rias round trip.
The views on top of the statue are amazing. Try to go on a weekday and also on a day when it is clear sky.
If you have got two or more hours, take the path through the scenic Tijuca Forest to go up the Christ, but other 300,000 people visit the statue of Christ every year using the 10-minute train ride to the top of Corcovado passing through Tijuca Forest.
At the base station you can find the Mountain Train Cultural Center with exhibition, which displays the entire history of Corcovado. The great attraction is the huge terra-cotta head exhibited on a body of iron structure.
At the end station near the top, escalators or 220 steps upward take visitors to the foot of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. The statue is 38 meters tall, made of 700 tons of reinforced concrete covered with pale green mosaic tiles.
It was originally intended to mark the 100th anniversary of Brazilian independence in 1922, but due to lack of money it was inaugurated only ten years later, on the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, 12 Oct 1931.
The Christ the Redeemer has become a symbol of the city who receive visitors with open arms. At the moment it is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Update 2010 March: The roads leading to the sculpture are closed according to the Brazilian Environment Ministry. Landslides, rockfall, dampened trees obstruct the traffic. A never experienced Rainfall, because of which almost 250 men died, has hit the Brazilian metropolis in the last couple of weeks.
Admission fee: adults R$30.00, children 6-12 R$15.00, and for children under 5 free.