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

Open Now: No

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 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating It's an amazing site with an outstanding view. It is always too crowded... if there's a time with less people I'd love to know it because it gets hard to take good pictures with all the people around.

Santiago Sanchez - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating What an incredible experience seeing it. It is a bit of a hassle to get too, we took a bus to a bus to some stairs. Although you could wait for the train. But it was well worth the journey.

David Louis - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Where do i begin? Such an amazing place to visit. However sometimes the weather might not play along. When this happens then it's pointless to visit this place. My advice would be don't book a tour ahead. Rather decide on the day when you see how the weather turns out. If you are in Copocabana Beach, Rio Tourism has a shuttle from the beach to Corcocado and back. It sets you back R $71 per adult. This is the most convenient way. Better than paying a tour company which will take you up even if the weather is misty.

Sizakele Majola - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Stunning statue and views. I recommend buying the tram ticket online to get the times you want, the early ones run out fast! There's obviously tons of people trying to take the typical photo from the front so you'll have to be a little patient to get a good shot, but other than directly in front of the statue it's much more relaxed on the sides and the back where the shade is. Also, the views from the sides and coming up the steps are just as good as the one where everyone is trying to take a photo.

Galadriel Gonzalez - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place, deservedly a wonder of the world. I recommend going early in the morning before the crowds flock to it. I took the minibus up there because of a lack of trains. Avoid getting the bus from the Copacabana as it will take hours. The Minibus ride can be a bit scary as it snakes up the mountain. Make sure you pack a book or something to do whilst waiting in the queues.

nathan church - 2 months 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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