April 23rd, 2015 Brazil Travel
A trip to Rio wold not be complete without seeing the Christ the Redeemer. (or Cristo Redentor) which sits atop the Corcovado 2,300 feet (700 meters) above the city. It was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Now some might say its too touristy but I say its a must do. Yes, you will be with lots of other people and it will be crowded but in my opinion the views from the Christ are one of the worlds most spectacular and well worth it. Key to enjoying the Christ will be getting in the right mind set–be patient and don’t be in a hurry.
The site and stature are awe inspiring. This Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ was created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. The statue weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio. As a symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931
There are several ways to go visit the Christ. First there is a train at the bottom of the Corcovado where you can buy tickets for both the Christ and train. Overall the ride up and down are long and the cue to get the train down is also long. If you are like me you just don’t like to waste time standing in long lines. Second and in my opinion a better way to go is to take a cab to the Largo do Machado Square and there you can buy tickets to the Christ and a van which will take you directly to the entrance. In my option this is the way to go.
It can be difficult planning ahead to go to the Christ as the weather can be unpredictable. Trust me you do NOT want to go if its a cloudy day–its just not worth it.
Parque Nacional da Tijuca – Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil