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

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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

4 Star Rating Visited on a Monday around 12 o’clock. Very very busy. More could be done to regulate the crowds there. Visited on a cloudy day, was clear when we left, but not the best view when we got there. Still good though, and would def recommend. Try and go on your own and early instead of a tour. Only did a tour because it was quite difficult to find out how to get there otherwise and the safety of it 🤷🏼‍♀️

Caroline Sørensen - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating What an experience. We took the hardest way up which was the hour and a half hike through the forest and up the mountain to get there. Almost got bit by a cobra after it fell out of a tree in front of our group, ran out of of water, and legs were dead when we got to the top but absolutely worth every bit of energy to get to the top. Views were magnificent, lots of people, and some good drinks up top. We hiked down again but if we had to do it again we would take the shuttles up or the tram. If you are in Rio you have to go

Hayden Shieh - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Once in a lifetime experience of visiting a wonder of the world. We went for an early morning tour and it was still ridiculously crowded with tourists. The ride up through Tijuca forest was spectacular. The view from the top is breathtaking. There are two snack bars here serving average fare, no vegan options. There are also a couple of souvenir shops that have overpriced stock. Buy the same stuff from Copacabana or Ipanema beach for a fraction.

Anjali Nambissan - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating It is little tricky to get there: we got at the route start at 11 but at to the Christ statue at 16 (30 min with a van, 3,5 hours of waiting, then 15 min by a van). The train was also to be waited for too long. But the service is good, you can eat and drink by fair prices. So, you'll need much patience! You will forget about all that when you get there, because the sight is amazing. Check the weather because sometimes it can be foggy. P.S we paid: 35 RS for vans (the first ones)and 29 for the ticket

Dubravko Kovacevic - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating The iconic Jesus statue on a mountain in Rio. One of the 7 new wonders of the world, so it is well worth a morning to go see it. Statue is 98 feet tall and has a small sanctuary at its base. The sanctuary entrance is at the back. The statue is easily accessed by a 20(ish) minute cable train ride, buses, and hiking trail (2.5 hour hike). There are a lot of stairs at the top, but they do offer an elevator/escalator (requires waiting in more ques). The best views of Rio are from this mountain.

Brandon Radford - 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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