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.