Rio de Janeiro’s famous statue of Christ the Redeemer is located on the top of Corcovado mountain. It’s a symbol of the city and of Brazil, and a visit to the top of the hill to see it up close is a must-do on the itinerary of most visitors to the city.
Many tourists visit by organised tour, usually as part of a day tour that takes in some of Rio’s other sights — such as the Selarón steps, the cathedral and the Sugar Loaf. You can visit independently by catching the Trem do Corcovado (Corcovado train) for R$36, by hiring a car or taking a taxi — or you can just walk, which is what we did.
The views of Rio and the Christ on the way up the hill are well worth the walk, as are the views from the very top of the hill. A minibus service is provided for the last stretch, so you can save a little energy there. Entrance to the statue complex itself is R$17.75 (more on the weekend).
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