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

5 Star Rating Really awesome. Worth the visit. 26 Rias to get in per person, if you take the Hikeing trail up. I recommend doing so. Much more rewarding and you get to see the awesome nature. To take the trail up: Go to Park de Lage. Ask a employee for direction. Go up and meet the park ranger. Check in (in case you get lost). The trail is easy to follow and walk, I did it in my sandals, slow, 2.5 hours. You could probably do it faster and get a better workout if you have boots or tennisshoes, but in the heat of the jungle, I prefer sandals!

Daniel Tunberg - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the modern wonders of the world - must see if in Rio. Can get busy regarding the train so maybe book ahead.

David Yip - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating The best experience that you could ever ever ever experience in your whole life! So big, so beautiful and gorgeous! I love it!

Winners RJ - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic iconic place to visit with not only a close up view of the famous Christ the Redeemer but awesome views of Rio including Ipanema and Copacabana.

Ian Baldwin - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of the Seven Wonders of the World. How can you not be in awe?! This sight was remarkable and breathtaking up close. Regardless of religious beliefs, you will appreciate this experience. Make sure you've packed your patience, as the crowds can be overbearing and lines long - all well worth it. The scenic views surrounding Christ the Redeemer offered offered nice photo opportunities.

Carin Skowronsky - 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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