At 2230 feet, this hunchback mountain is where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands with outstretched arms. At night, the ... More
At 2230 feet, this hunchback mountain is where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands with outstretched arms. At night, the 100 ft, one thousand ton statue seems to float as if it were a guardian angel for the city. Expect it to be crowded with tourists, but the view you will witness is well worth it. If you stand with the statue at your back, to your left you'll see the soccer temple Maracanã and the northern districts. Straight ahead in the distance is Niterói with its snaky bridge and Rio's other must see, the Sugar Loaf Mountain. To the right is the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in the foreground, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches further out. The trip to the Corcovado takes about 20 minutes.
I liked the incredible vista from this location, as well as the overwhelming size and majesty of the statue. Great palce to visit for people of any religion, not necessary to be Christian to enjoy this -- it really is impressive apart from being a statue of Christ. Worth the visit just for the view! Goof for all ages, and not overly time consuming.
Speaking as one who lived in Rio de Janeiro for nearly 20 years, one of the places I loved most (besides the beach!) was Corcovado. In Portuguese, Corcova means hunchback. So Corcovado means one who has a hunchback. Bring lots of film, and a great zoom lens, and someone great to share the experience with. Afterwards, go to the beach, have a Churrasco (a kind of barbeque) at the Porcao, and later enjoy Rio's nightlife! You may not ever visit Rio again, but you will never forget the wonderful time you had! Most Cariocas (residents of Rio) are warm, friendly, and eager to practice their English. Enjoy!
The Corcovado is more than a statue. It's amazing! You can see it from most places in Rio. The views change by location and time of day. The ride up to the statue is a unadvertised treat. Plants, flowers and a peaceful ride through the edge of the rainforest. Views of Rio from the top that are unforgetable. This is a "must do" of any trip to Rio
Very moving experience, so beautiful and the fact that it overlooks EVERYTHING is amazing. If you visit Rio, it is a must see. If you go during winter there, it will be very cold once you get to the top so make sure you dress accordingly.
Everyone knows it on sight, but the thrill is in actually getting up there. Starting off on the little funicular-type trolley that takes you up-and-around Corcovado, you see small little villages, incredible plant & wildlife, & a breathtaking view the whole way. Once you arrive at the end of the line, you have a LONG and tedious climb ahead of you yet. I was told there are 365 steps (one for each day of the year), but I didn't count. I can only tell you there are LOTS of them, and they are BIG, BIG steps! But the view from the base of the statue, like that from Sugarloaf, is amazing, and should be on your MUST-DO list.
One of the places you need to visit in this world. The ride up the hill is nice on good roads with lots of interesting tropical vegation to look at. The Christ statue is at the top of the hill and the vistas are just absolutely awesome. You can see Sugarloaf, Copacabana/Ipanema/Leblon Beaches and the lagoon, and on the other side, the rest of the Rio area. Make sure you set your digital camera for high-resolution. I took some really awesome shots and I wish I'd taken more as digital pics are virtually free.
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