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by Jim Rosenberg
December 7, 2002
From journal Rio de Janeiro: It's more than a trip to the beach
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
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
January 13, 2010
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
November 2, 2009
From journal Go to Rio
by Linda Hoernke
St. George, Utah
September 7, 2009
From journal Museums & Sites of Rio
New Orleans, Louisiana
July 25, 2009
June 27, 2008
From journal Rio de Janeiro, City of Contrasts
San Diego, California
May 13, 2008