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What to Expect: Visiting Brazil's "Christ the Redeemer"

A Wonder of the World

High atop Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer watches over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Against the stunning backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay, a visit to this Wonder of the World affords Brazilian travelers unparalleled views of the city. As the largest Art Deco statue in the world, it is also the third latest statue of the Christ, standing 98 feet tall. With arms outstretched, the iconic work welcomes visitors and shelters locals in its wide embrace. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Christ the Redeemer was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Brazilian Independence and is a must-see for monument lovers and shutter bugs alike. Here are some travel tips for visiting Christ the Redeemer:


Image: By Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts, Flickr

Go early: Crowds arrive as the day progresses so plan to get there early. This ensures better views and unobstructed photos.

Take it lying down: Since the viewing platform is relatively small in relation to the monument’s size, it’s very difficult to get a shot of the entire Christ. One way to achieve these desired pics is to lie down on the ground. Since you don’t want to get trampled by other visitors, this is another reason you’ll want to arrive early in the day. 

Enlist a friend: To capture yourself in a photo with the statue, stand at the top of the stairs directly in front of the Christ while a friend snaps the shot from the bottom of the steps.

Easy access: Until recently, the only way to get to the summit of Corcovado Mountain was via a series of 220 steps. Today, those with limited mobility can use the elevator or escalator.

Watch the weather: Another reason to arrive early is that the site tends to cloud up later in the day. Morning is your best bet for sunny skies and fantastic pictures.

Enjoy the journey: The summit of the site is reached by cog train every 30 minutes from Rua Cosme Velho station. The train has the distinction of being the first electric train built in Brazil and offers spectacular views of the tropical forests that cradle the winding tracks.

Look around: In addition to seeing Christ the Redeemer, the site offers 360 degree views of the bay and surrounding mountains.

Christ the Redeemer is just one of the Wonders of the World in South America that you can experience with Travcoa. For information on Travcoa's luxury tours, call your Travel Agent or a Travcoa Journey Consultant at 1-800-992-2003, email and be sure to check out our private itineraries and luxury small group tours to Brazil.

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Topics: Brazil