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The statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado
Well... this is actuallly THE beaten path but for sure it is well worth the visit.
It is almost impossible to conceive a trip to Rio de Janeiro without paying a visit to the statue of Christ The Redeemer.
Located at the top of Corcovado Hill, it is Brazil’s most known image throughout the world.
The Statue of Christ stands 30 meters high (100 feet), covered in a mosaic of soapstone.
And the best way to get there is by the Corcovado train ...
The Corcovado Railway was the first eletricfied Brazilian railroad. Inaugurated in October 9th, 1884, it’s even older than the monument of Christ. Besides, it was this same train that carried for a period of four years the parts of the statue to be mounted at the top of the hill.
from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM, departures at every half-hour.
around 20 minutes.
(round trip, plus 50% discount bonnus on Naif Museum of Art ticket - the museum is few steps far from the train station )
children to 5 years old free and 5 up to 12 years old only R$ 15,00.
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- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Christ the Redeemer
There are a number of cities around the world that are defined in people's imagination by a single feature or monument - the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Opera House in Sydney, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And of course Corcovado, the Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro. So when you visit these places there's a danger of disappointment, because you think you already know them.
In the case of Corcovado that's partly true, as it really does look exactly like all the photos. But the photos can't give you a true sense of the size of the statue - only by standing below it and getting a crick in your neck can you appreciate this, and perhaps feel a liitle over-awed by religious devotion on such a grand scale, regardless of your own beliefs. And only by travelling up there can you appreciate the city of Rio laid out below you (although I found the view from the Sugarloaf even better).
So I would definitely recommend that you go, despite the familiarity. Take the train from Cosme Velho Station that climbs up the steep forested hillside and suddenly emerges just below and behind the statue. And, ideally, choose a bright day so you can appreciate the views too; although there was also something a bit magical about visiting it in mist as we did and seeing the statue gradually come into view above us.
- Arts and Culture
Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor)
There are two places that are always listed as must visit sites, both of which involve stunning views over Rio and both of which require good weather and visibility. We didn't make it to one of those places (Sugarloaf) but we did get to visit the statue of Christ that is always featured prominently in photos of Rio that aren't of 1/2 naked men and women, albeit under less than perfect conditions.
We visited as part of the Carioca day tour with Brazil Expeditions so instead of taking the cog train up, we traveled by van. From where we parked you can either climb the stairs or take a series of escalators and elevators to get up to the top. If you want to take the train, the information can be found on the attached website, trains leave every 1/2 hour and the trip takes 20 minutes, cost is R$38 (about $19 US)
Be sure to have a clear day for this, as we got up there the fog was starting to roll in and although the view is spectacular even then, it was difficult getting good pictures.
The Christ the Redeemer
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.
- Religious Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Corcovado Mountain is 710 meters (2300 feet) high and Its viewing platform is at the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. The sight of Rio de Janeiro at your feet is really breathtaking.
This is probably the best place for you to see all the contrasts: mountains and sea, forests and beaches.
At this pic, you see Pão-de-Açucar and Guanabara Bay.
- Family Travel
corcovado - going by train
To reach the top of Corcovado Hill, the train crosses the largest urban forest of the planet, also the first one to be replanted.
The trip starts at Cosme Velho Station, a pretty old one which is now part of the Brazilian Historical Patrimony.
The Tijuca Forest is located at the heart of Rio de Janeiro and separates the South and North zones of the city.
In the eighteenth century the forest was devastated to give place to coffee plantations what ended up causing troubles to the city’s water distribution, forcing emperor Dom Pedro II to make a revolutionary decision in the year of 1881: the replanting of the area.
It took about 13 years of hard work to accomplish the task. The job was so well done that animals like monkeys, sloths, lizards, snakes, birds and butterflies returned to the forest.
Part of the funds generated by the entrance tickets are destined to Ibama, the Brazilian Institute for the Preservation of Nature.
- Family Travel
Trem do Corcovado
Inaugurated in 1931, the towering statue of "Cristo Rendentor" (Christ the Redeemer) looks down from the top of Corcovado over the city's believers and non-believers alike, arms outstretched a symbol of Rio's Catholic past and present. You can go there from N.S. Copacapana by taking a bus 583 that will deposit you at the entrance. You will be solicited by some vendor to sale you ticket but you can across the street and go buy your ticket at the ticket sale boot. It cost R$30 and you will get in the 2 wagon trains to take you to the top of the mountain. Along the way up you can see a lot of vegetation and at some spot you can see the city below. The first day I came there it has a lot of clouds lower than our level so it hired all the view below. At the platform at the bottom of the status there are many different groups of tourist with their guides. I heard some of them were arguing with their guides to let them stay longer in case the cloud will dispersed later on so they can see the city beneath. The response from the
tour guide was not he can staid longer because it is the nature fault not his. He did his job but the nature doesn't cooperate so the time is out, they have to leave. That is the inconvenient when you take a tour guide. It cost more than taking a bus by yourself but you can not own your time. I stayed until the last train which is before 6:00 pm and it paid off at the end. At certain moment the cloud dispersed and it make a hole in the ocean of cloud below you so I was able to take some snapshoot.
View Corcovado Video at www.tenhon.ca/rio/
- Adventure Travel
- National/State Park
Corcovado - Christ Statue
A trip up to the Christ Statue is a necessity during a trip to Rio. Personally I prefer the view from the Sugar Loaf, but how could you go to Rio, come home and say that you never bothered to go up there.
The most important consideration for your visit is the weather. Clouds can roll in very quickly and cover the entire mountain and any view you were hoping to catch.
Earlier in the day you will have the best luck and if you take a cab up there you'll be up there pretty quickly. Also if your cab driver has a second job as a Mario Andretti impersonator (as ours did) the ride up and back may give you some rapid reflection time on your life and whether or not it will continue.
Corcovado is the mountain dominating the Rio skyline. On the top is the statue of "Cristo Redentor" , Christ the Redeemer. This statue was built to commemorate 100 years of Brazilian independence. The view of the city from the top is amazing and well worth a visit!
More than a postcard, the statue of Christ has been elected “The Wonder of Rio” by residents. From its location at the top of the 710 meters high Corcovado Mountain, the 38-meter statue is the image of the faith and friendliness of cariocas. With arms boldly stretched in welcome, he embraces the city and the magnificent Bay over which he looks.
To get to Corcovado there is a train that crosses the the biggest urban forest in the world: the Tijuca National Park, a stretch of the Atlantic Forest that is considered a example of the nature's preservation.
- National/State Park
Everyone has to go..so have some fun
Corcavado could easily be listed in the "tourist trap" section, the price of going up by tram is step by Brazilian standards. And the shops are tacky, there is a place do drink a cold beer and have a decent snack. Who ever decided to put in the escalotors should be re-elected. Go up and enjoy the view.
The cog train that climbs the mountain on which the statue of Christ the Redeemer stands runs approx every half-an-hour from Rua Cosme Velho 513. The railway was built in 1884 and was the first electricfied line in Brazil. The train was used to carry pieces of the statue up to the top of Corcovado. If you have some time before your train leaves you can take a look around the small cultural centre which shows pictures of the railway and the statue being built as well as pictures by school children. You can also visit the small cafe behind which you can see trains and carriages being maintained in the service shed.
Take my advice and sit on the right hand side going up for the better view. The ascent up to the top is approx 5km (3 miles) and takes roughly 15 minutes. You may wonder what those oblong medicine balls hanging from the trees are, the ones that look like spiked watermelons tied to ropes - they're jaca, or jackfruit.
Open daily from 8.30am-6.30pm. Train ticket price: R$30
AS YOU HAVE TO GO, LEARN HOW YOU GO
There are 3 ways to go to the Christ which in Rio it is more known as CRISTO REDENTOR.
First one: There is a trains tation in Cosme Velho, very traditional district of Rio next to Laranjeiras...the only access to the neighborhood is at the Bay Area, through Laranjeiras Street which starts in Largo do Machado.
The train leaves every 30 minutes, one train to go and another train to return, the trip takes around 25 minutes, and the ticket costs 36 reais, the way is full of green but do not offer interesting landscapes unless if you are a botanic freak.
Second one: You can go to the entrance of the National Park going to the PAINEIRAS' door, taking the Cosme Velho's street and finally reach the National park, but pay attention, it is not good if you go by yourselves...try to go there by car, ask someone you know who must be keen on Rio, and there is no bus to go there, you can also take a taxi but be very good to negociate the rate! Luckly I have some friends and everytime I go there I go with people who really knows where to go.
THE ENTRANCE OF THE PARK IF OPEN AND YOU PAY A FEE OF 5 REAIS...but it is a long walk until reaching the top...but if you have time it is a great oportunity to see some parts of the forests and take great pictures
Third one: THIS IS THE SAFEST AND EASIEST OPTION...Go to Paineras, and you will find a line of mini buses that takes you to the top for 10 reais, this is how most of the people do, so I think it is the best because you see much more landscapes and you can enjoy the park properly.
Today I went there with our cousin Gabriela, she is also a cool friend of mine; Rafael's mother and Rafa too, we had a perfect night as every time is pleasant when you go to Corcovado!
Fabulous view on Rio from the Corcovado.
The Corcovado mountain is the best place to have a view on the Rio's bay (the Guanabara Bay). This is really the "postcard picture" !
The best spot is not at the Christ, but on the road that leads to the Christ statue. I don't know if you can stop there is you take the litte train, because I took a taxi to go up.
Don't miss it, it's really beautiful.
Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer
One of the most famous monuments in Rio is the statue of the Christ on top of Corcovado Mountian. The statue stands 30 metres high, with the mountain itself being 710 metres. The effect is that the Christ, with his open arms, is embracing the city. The statue was built from 1926 to 1931, designed by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa. French sculptor Paul Landowski completed the work on the hands and face.
The ride to the top of Corcovado is a trip in itself, with the choice of a long, winding road, or a slow, steep train ride. The view from the train is interesting, with a few sneaking glimpses of what is to come. From the last train station there are now elevators and then escalators to the top, elevating the need to climb huge numbers of stairs .The statue of Christ the Redeemer is very grand indeed, and the view from the top spectacular. Rio's harbour and the amazing geography that makes up the city are a very impressive site indeed.
There are loads of tourists making this trip, so be prepared for crowds.
Don't go there when you see the Corcovado is behind clouds...better go another sunnier day!
Best time to go up the mountain is usually in the late afternoon or before evening, then you can see wonderful sunset and do the best pictures!
Please take this seriously:
There are some tourists who want to climb the mountain by feet (which is indeed possible), but I would not recommend it, because after the train station you wil pass trough a Favela..and there were killed 2 german tourists in 2003 when they were mugged.
Adress:Parque Nacional da Tijuca
Estrada de Ferro Corcovado (train leaves every 30 minutes)
- Rua Cosme Velho, 513
Tel: (21) 2558-1329
train-ticket: 30 brazilian Reais
Bus: 422, 583, or 584 to Cosme Velho
Stating the Obvious #2
You know you're getting close to Rio as soon as your friend and driver points out the Redeemer statue off in the far distance upon your highway approach. So as soon as you check in to your hotel and do some oooh-ing and ahhhh-ing from your oceanside balcony, you jump back in your car and head to Corcovado. R$30 for the choo-choo-train ride to the top includes the bonus armed guard onboard. No kidding. When you step off the escalator and wander over to the railings around Christ's feet, here's your reward, this heavenly vista of Sugar Loaf and all of Rio, all around you. Do it.
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