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May 3, 2005
The Christ The Redeemer Statue is a 100-foot statue of Christ with His arms stretched out overlooking the city. This statue is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Our group visited this famous landmark on a Friday evening and seemed to have the whole mountain to ourselves.
We were given tickets for the train ride up the steep mountain. The ride up the 2,300-foot mountain took about 20 minutes. Along the way, we passed through a rain forest. Then, occasionally, we would see houses or maybe someone just hanging out along the tracks.
When we arrived at the drop-off point, there were a quite a few steps to walk up in order to get to the statue area. Unfortunately, there was some restoration work going on while we were there, so the statue was surrounded by scaffolding. It was still awesome to look at up close despite all the scaffolding. Seeing this statue gave me an appreciation for how much work must have gone into building a structure this big on top of a mountain this tall. The statue as completed in 1931 after 5 years of construction.
The view from the top of the mountain was absolutely spectacular. You could see the city, the ocean, a forested area, the beach, and more. The sun was going down and little by little you could see the city lights starting to illuminate. There is a souvenir shop just down the steps from the statue. We stopped in to have a look around. The prices seemed to be in line with the prices of souvenirs we were seeing in the shops around the hotel.
From journal Brazil Trip - Rio de Janeiro
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
June 20, 2004
When you arrive, a slew of tour guides will approach you, offering to personally drive you to the top instead of waiting for the potentially crowded tram. Considering that it costs $30R for a round-trip ticket for the tram, you won’t get ripped off if you go with the guide, but I’d recommend breezing by them and just taking the tram. Take a walk around the waiting area, checking out the photographs and history behind the construction of Christ, which was finished (9 years late) in 1931. There’s also a café selling candy, coffee, guarana drinks, etc.
The departure time for the next tram is listed right above the entrance, so go ahead and step in line about 15 minutes before it arrives to ensure a seat on the right side of the tram. As it slowly crawls up the side of Corcovado, you’ll get the best views of the tropical valleys below, and catch a glimpse of the villages that sprawl up the side.
Make sure you choose a clear day for your outing. Because of its high elevation, even on days that seem clear, a fine mist of clouds can hinder the eye-popping views you’ll get from the base of the statue. We were lucky enough to arrive at the perfect time, as by the time we rode back down, it was already too cloudy to get the views we had enjoyed just an hour earlier.
Speaking of the views: man . . . totally insane. The Atlantic Ocean, the beaches, Rio . . . wow. And oh, yeah—turn around and there’s Christ the Redeemer, an Art Deco masterpiece that you just can’t help but stare at for a while. You’ll undoubtedly have your camera on overdrive just like the other equally captivated visitors. Just about everyone thought it was cute to have their picture taken in front of Christ with their arms outstretched like Him—we didn’t.
Tourist attraction? Maybe—but this one’s the real deal. Don’t miss it.
From journal Thumbs Up Rio!
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
July 27, 2003
My tips are:
1. Check out the weather before doing the trip to the top. It can be a beautiful day & just when you arrive at the top, the clouds can come over & completely obscure--& I mean completely cover--the whole statue.
2. Skip the tour bus scene. Take a local bus & allow an hour travelling each way. Just ask your hotel porters which number to take.
3. When you arrive you will be be approached by touts that offer to drive you up the scenic route for the same cost. For my money if you didn't take the original red railway through the forest it would not be the true experience.
4. Be warned. When you arrive at the top there are still lots of steps to climb up to the base of the statue.
Finally, standing at the top under that soaring statue whose arms spread out in an embrace with the whole vista of fantastic & hedonistic Rio laid out before you, is simply unforgettable. You will find that you will pick out points of reference easily and feel that you could almost just reach out and touch them. The apartment buildings just seem to be fighting with each other for space in between the numerous mountains jutting up in between; the glittering blue sea sprinkled with diamonds from the sun; each delicately laced with their individual white collars of sand and then the large expanse of the Lago Rodrigo de Freitas in the centre.
It is really one of the most memorable and photographic travel experiences that will ever have the pleasure to experience.
From journal When my baby and I went to Rio
London, United Kingdom
June 21, 2003
Let me get this out of the way -- you HAVE to go on a cloudless day, otherwise the statue could be obscured at any moment. It doesn't matter if the clouds aren't covering the statue when you go -- this can change surprisingly quickly.
The train ride up to the top is fun. The track is mostly encased in forest, and the train goes up some very steep ridges. You get tantalising glimpses of the city below as you climb. But the view from the statue is nonetheless stunning. I went with a group from the hostel I was staying at, and none of us got tired of the view in less than an hour. Take plenty of film. We just walked round and round the statue, taking pictures of the view. Even the 70's concrete skyscrapers of Rio or the shantytowns somehow look wonderful in the dazzling sunshine, as do the beaches and Guanabara Bay. With Sydney Harbour, this is one of the great sights of the Southern Hemisphere - not to be missed.
From journal Marvellous City
by Jim Rosenberg
December 7, 2002
From journal Rio de Janeiro: It's more than a trip to the beach
new york, New York
November 26, 2000
In trying to decode the statue's mystique, I'm put in mind of the famous scene depicted on the Temple of Zeus in Olympia. Above a band of drunken, brawling centaurs, the figure of Apollo looms, coolly enforcing his calm rationality over wine-sodden pandemonium. High on Corcovado mountain, the Catholic Apollo gazes over the 'city without shame,' thanks to the efforts of the Catholic Church to assert itself amid political turmoil and aetheism in the 1920's.
Walking around the streets of Rio, I found myself often caught by the beauty and mysteriousness of the Redeemer. Each glimpse invites a moment of contemplation on the healing power of spirituality, as well as the dominance of poweful religious bodies. But to climb the steps to see the thing face to face is to truly realize its power. The uncanny effect of clouds moving behind the enormous statue make it appear to be flying through the air when you stand very close. There are very few places I've been to--the Temple of Posiedon at Sounion comes to mind--where the spiritual force of a deity is so powerfully expressed. The photos I've included here represent different moods of this most fascinating monument as I saw them. They also represent my excitement at learning Photoshop.
Christ the Redeemer is accessible by car, organized tours, by taxi or on foot. Unless you have a strong stomach, avoid the public bathrooms at reststops along the steps.
From journal Rio: Brazil's Cultural Paradise