Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This iconic landmark is a must-see attraction in Rio. Widely recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this 125-foot tall statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms outstretched to the city from above Corcovado mountain's staggering 2,330-foot elevation. The monument's conception dates back to 1921, when Cariocas gathered to discuss the construction of a tribute that would celebrate the Centenary of Brazilian Independence. In 1931, the Christ the Redeemer statue was placed above Corcovado, garnering attention as the world's tallest art-déco sculpture.
"It would be a little silly to go all the way to Rio and NOT see this, as it has become such an integral part of the tourist experience," writes one TripAdvisor user. Travelers rave about the sweeping panoramic views from the top of Corcovado, but caution that the climb is difficult and the queues are long.
Christ the Redeemer is located atop Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park. You can access the attraction via standard public train or the VIP train at Cosme Velho station. Trains operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; tickets are priced at approximately 43 BRL (roughly $25 USD). Standard trains depart from Cosme Velho approximately every 30 minutes and arrive every 20 minutes or so. Ideal for travelers seeking further knowledge about the Tijuca Forest and more overall comfort, the VIP train offers the option of an on-board tour guide, beverages, and snacks for guests. Cosme Velho is accessible via the Largo do Machado subway stop as well as the 442 and 498 buses. The statue can also be accessed by road or hiking trail from Parque Lage, which is located in the Jardim Botânico district at the foot of the mountain. There are 220 steps to climb to reach the base of the monument. For additional information, check out the Trem do Corcovado website.