Corcovado | Christ the Redeemer

Corcovado - A breathtaking train ride, spectacular views and Rio's most iconic landmark

Christ the Redeemer Statue on top of Corcovado Peak
Christ the Redeemer Statue on top of Corcovado Peak cc licensed photo by dany13

A trip to the top of Corcovado brings you not only, to the base of Rio's most iconic landmark, but to a spectacular view point high above this city from which even Sugar Loaf Mountain appears dwarf sized. The train ride up to the top adds to the entire experience making this one attraction you simply must see during your visit to Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil is proud of its Christianity and nothing says so more than their erection of the Christ the Redeemer statue. The Christ the Redeemer statue was the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931 until 2010. The 30 metre tall statue stands on an 8 metre high pedestal. The figure's arms stretch out to a magnificent 28 metres in width. It can be seen from just about anywhere in Rio de Janeiro, and has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

It is 635 tonnes in weight and is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. The entire statue took nine years to construct at the top of Corcovado mountain. It was finally dedicated to Christ on 12 October 1931. A chapel under the statue was consecrated on 12 October 2006 making it possible for baptisms and weddings to be held there. The honour of being named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World happened on 7 July 2007. The pose of the statue, with open arms, is a symbol of peace.

The statue was a collaborative project between a number of artists and engineers. The design of the statue was done by Heitor da Silva Costa and the main sculpting was the work of Paul Landowski. The face of the statue was the work of Gheorghe Leonida. A restoration project was completed in 2010 and involved a hundred people and more than sixty thousand pieces of stone. These pieces of stone were taken from the exact same quarry as the stone for the original statue.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is not just an amazing piece of engineering and art. It has been featured in a number of video games. Some of the more popular games include Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, Angry Birds Rio and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The statue was also featured in Micheal Jackson's music video for "They Don't Care About Us" and Snoop Dogg's "Beautiful". You can see the statue in popular movies such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and both animation films in the Rio series.

The trip up to the top of Corcovado is definately something to be experienced. We recommend taking the train ride (Trem do Corovado) up as it offers a unique and memorable experience and it presents some absolutely fantastic views of the city and its surroundings. The fare is quite reasonable. For the best views try to get a seat on the right side of the train during the ride up. If possible, go on a clear day and once you reach the top, be sure to take time to soak in the fantastic vistas that surround you. Scroll down the page to discover more of what this entire experience is like.

If you prefer a guided tour with transportation, following tour offers excellent value as it includes transportation to visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue followed by a walking tour of downtown Rio.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Address: Parque Nacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

Official Website: Corcovado | Christ the Redeemer

Directions

Metro and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 GreenLargo do Machado2 Minutes

How to get to Corcovado | Christ the Redeemer by Metro and Bus

Make your way by Metro to Largo do Machado Station. Transfer to bus #580 Cosme Velho (have exact change ready for the extra fare) at the south end of the station on Rua das Laranjeiras and ride it to terminus at Cosme Velho where you can walk one block back (east) and purchase your ticket for the breathtaking Corcovado Train to the top.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Christ the Redeemer Star Rating

5 Star Rating This is the best sure to see in Rio outside of the beaches. The view is spectacular. Outside of the crowds, it's a serene place because of all of the nature and beautiful sights. For outdoor lovers, there are several flights of steps to reach the top, however there's an escalator for those not so adventurous.

Johnathan Hampton - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Definitely the best tourist attraction in Rio, very well organised. Suggest getting train and sit on the side face downhill as you get better views. Buy your tickets online and in advance so you can get there earlier as the morning ones go fast. Note, as expected there will be many tourists but enjoy the views as they are better than sugar loaf mountain in my opinion and just be patient in taking photos.

Usman Ahmad - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing feat of engineering and a beautiful art Deco statue of Christ. Fantastic views over Rio. Make sure you get there for the 8.30am opening otherwise the tourist crowds come in their droves. Also pollution is better earlier on. Souvenir shop and bars were overpriced.

chris st clair - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Incredible view of the city from here. We went around noon (by the time we got up there) and it was packed. Barely room to get around and take a good photo. With the height of the monument, though, getting a photo wasn't difficult. We took the tram up. It was around $65R a person. We wanted to hike, but we weren't sure exactly where the entrance of the trail was, so we played it safe. No regrets, but take some money just in case.

Addison Cahill - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The day we visited it was cloudy, but persistence and/or faith let the clouds part just minutes before we left. An awesome view and monument, that is such an icon of the city. As a low budget traveling family we came to visit the Redeemer on a van tour of some city sights. Our guide helped us navigate the entrance and ticketing etc. There is a shuttle that takes everyone up the half km or so to the top area. We had planned to walk up on the trail from the Botanical Gardens below, but didn’t have the time to take that approach.

Cupcakes and Campfires - 1 month ago

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This video covers the entire Corcovado experience including the train ride and the views from the top

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