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

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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 The amazing view and the majestic Christ raising to the sky is an awe to cherish.. The surrounding view of the complete Rio de Janerio city is also breathtaking... Tickets are to be collected at the shopping centre down and you have to wait for the coupon number dedicated to you for the transport to the Christ Redeemer statue. The entire walk to the Christ statue is lined with souvenir shops which are quote affordable and a good collection too. Make sure you don't miss the bay view of the Rio city located nearby.

naveen raj - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Visited twice.. A great place.. First the marvellous Christ the Redeemer statue.. It has been wonderfully sculpted and no wonder it's termed an engineering marvel too... Access is by road taking the tour vans that could cost 62rials.. Or by tram that cost the same. Reaching the top there is the escalator provided for reaching the statue.. A birds eye view of Rio de Janeiro and Copacabana beach could be seen from here. Better visit in the late morning as there could be possibility of cloud cover... Watching the sunset is awesome from the place.. The tram service is every half n hour... And there are restaurants and souvenir shops at the place... Be careful while at the entrance to the tram station local tourist guides sometimes try to cheat.. Better take the tram.. My personal opinion.. Food stalls are expensive so just go for watching the wonderful statue and beautiful Rio de Janeiro from the top..

Tony Morais - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Awesome place! Best views of Rio from up here but considering it's on a hill at 710 meters that's no surprise. It's been a while since I was here now back in 2003 with my friend Iza on our 2 1/2 month travel through South America but I still remember the stunning view from up here. And just in time to see the sunset as well! Truly an amazing experience that will stay with me forever. A must place to visit if you're in town!!!!! But I don't think anyone will considering it's one of the worlds most famous places.

Tomas Johansson - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is one of the world wonders.It is listed in world heritage. The price of ticket is very high. The beauty of its eyes is so attractive. I liked the experience with this place very much because of its architecture. This is awesome. No one can forget the experience with this place because it's amazing. This is the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. If you go to Rio de Janeiro don't miss this place because it's such a pretty

Jijo Jose - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating So beautiful resort. The way to the statue is very dreamy. You have two choices to go here: By official vans or cable train. The view of city is wonderful. Some people prefer to achieve here by climbing! A lot of people from all around the world could be seen here.

Mehdi Ghazi Hosseini - 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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