When most outsiders think of Brazil, one of the first images that comes to mind is the Cristo Redentor, or the statue of Christ the Redeemer that sits atop Corcovado looking down over Rio de Janeiro. The statue, which was unveiled in 1931, is Brazil’s most famous landmark and is a must-see for anybody visiting seeking to tour Brazil.
A Stunning Sight
Cristo Redentor is the largest art deco statue in the world. It is 130 feet tall and its outstretched arms reach 98 feet across. The statue is made of reinforced concrete and sandstone and, unlike other famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty or St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, it is solid all the way through and visitors who tour Brazil cannot climb inside it.
The statue is visible from most parts of Rio de Janeiro and the view of the city from the 2,300 foot peak of Corcovado is astounding. At night, the statue is lit up so that it appears to be floating above the city. Even on nights when it is cloudy, the effect is quite spectacular and other-worldly.
Visiting Cristo Redentor
There are a number of convenient ways to visit the statue. The most popular is the cog train that travels to the top of Corcovado. A round trip ticket costs about $79, but some discount tickets are available.
The view from the train through the Tijuca rain forest on the way up the mountain is worth the price of admission on its own. Make sure you arrive early so you can get a seat on the right-hand side.
The cog train leaves from Rua Cosme Velho 513 and you should schedule at least half a day to make the most of your trip. Many of Rio de Janeiro’s finest hotels offer free round trip shuttle service to the depot.
Another option is to hire a taxi to take you to the top of Corcovado. Prices are negotiable so you often can get a better deal than the cost of a train ticket. Just make sure that the driver understands the ride is round trip.