Been here 3 months now and decided it was time for me to cover some of the ‘touristy’ things. We headed to Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor) one of the seven world wonders.
Some History for you: The idea for erecting a large statue atop Corcovado was first suggested in the mid-1850s, when Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss requested financing from Princess Isabel to build a large religious monument. Princess Isabel did not think much of the idea and it was dismissed in 1889, when Brazil became a republic country with laws mandating the separation of church and state. The second proposal for a ‘landmark’ statue on the mountain was made in 1921 by by the Catholic Circle of Rio. A local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue; and it was sculpted by French sculptor Paul Landowski. The monument was opened on October 12 1931.
Getting to the top: Head to the Cosme Velho District(Rua Cosme Velho 513) and hop in line to buy your ticket for the small (cogwheel) red train that goes up the mountain to Christ. Note: You can also get a taxi all the way to the top, but with the train you get to enjoy the steep tour through the Atlantic Rainforest up to the foot of the statue, offering stunning glimpses of Rio from many different angles. The train leaves every 30 minutes on a 17-minute ride that is almost straight up (you will be sliding forward in your seat! There are actually 4 stops along the way- first one made me a little nervous, felt like we were going to roll back down, thankfully we kept chugging along. Yes a Bom de Samba will join you on the way up! Once you get to the top be prepared to climb a number of stairs to get to the base of the statue. Note: there is an elevator if you need it.
Once you reach the top the view is absolutely breathtaking! The entire city spreads out in a magnificent panorama during the day, it really is incredible and worth the trip up! But make sure you go on a clear day!!! Check out the fog rolling in… it covers everything!