By Lacy Edney and Ségolène Poirier, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), at an impressive 98 feet high and more than 2,326 feet above sea level, is one of Rio’s – and the world’s – greatest attractions. Standing next to the awesome Christ statue atop Rio’s Corcovado Mountain, gazing up at the monument and then out over Guanabara Bay is sure a thrill, but getting there can also be part of the adventure. Christ the Redeemer stands 2,326 feet above sea level, photo by Gustavo Facci/Wikimedia Creative Commons License. Visitors can reach the statue in three different ways; by tram, by car, or by foot. Perhaps the most popular and accessible way to get there is the twenty-minute tram ride that winds through the Tijuca forest and up to summit. The tram leaves from the station on Rua Cosme Velho every half hour, between 8:30 AM and 7PM, every day of the week. To reach the tram station, many use the Integraçao Metro ticket, and take the metro bus from Largo do Macho Metro Station (between the Flamengo and Catete stops). Once there, the price for adults is R$43, for children R$21.50 (children under six go for free), includes the round trip transportation and access to the Christ the Redeemer monument. Visitors short on time might consider going by car, or taking a taxi and arranging for the taxi driver to wait while they tour the monument. Prices for a taxi ride to the Christ depend on the starting point, but are not too expensive. For example, a trip from Ipanema takes about fifteen minutes and should cost around R$20. For active tourists wanting to experience the Tijuca forest and climb up the Corcovado on their own two feet, there are several hiking trails up to the monument. RioXtreme offers a two and a half hour hiking tour of Cristo Redentor starting from Parque Lage in Jardin Botanico. The hike provides beautiful scenery of the Tijuca National Forest, stops at several waterfalls, and the potential spotting of some Capuchin monkeys. Robberies on the trail rare but do happen, so avoid bringing excess valuables, and since 2008 even hikers have to pay to enter the stature area at the top, which is R$12. Tram train leading to up the Corcovado track railway, photo by Klaus/Wikimedia Creative Commons License. For tourists who prefer not to worry about the details, most hostels in Rio provide tours around the city. Lemon Spirit, a hostel in Leblon, suggests a six hour city tour (Christ, Sugarloaf, Maracana and beaches included) for R$150 per person. “This tour is among the most requested in Rio’s hostels. You don’t pay as much as if you did the visits by yourself, plus you are provided with a guide,” says José Maria Marçal, who works at the hostel. Once arrived, visitors can stand in awe of the legendary figure, which has kept an eye on the Cidade Maravilhosa for the last eighty years since its inauguration in 1931. In 2007, Christ the Redeemer was voted one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and receives well over two million eager visitors each year. Also in 2010, Cristo Redentor underwent over R$7 million in of restoration to protect this world wonder from mother nature’s heavy rains and lightening storms. This four-month long renovation included repairing exterior wear and tear, applying a cathodic outer covering to protect against corrosion, replacing lightening rods inside the statue, as well as general cleaning to make the statue lighter. 26 Responses to "A Visit to Christ the Redeemer in Rio" Pingback: A Cappella Group Out of the Blue in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rio Proposes Green Building Tax Incentives: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rio Landscapes Awarded World Cultural Heritage Site: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Tips for Taking Photos in Rio de Janeiro, a Destination for Amateurs and Professionals | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Record Numbers at Copacabana Reveillon 2013 in Rio: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: A Trip to Brazil | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rio Police Operations Secure Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Radar Pingback: Police Operations Secure Rio’s Christ Statue « Ben’s Brazil kriata May 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM u rock brazil I LOVE YOU Pingback: New Art Exhibit Opens at Gilson Martins in Ipanema: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: World Youth Day: Pope Francis Worships with Millions on Rio's Copacabana Beach Pingback: World Youth Day: Pope Francis Worships with Millions on Rio's Copacabana Beach | Todd99.com Aaron olvera August 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM The best place in the world Pingback: Rio Proposes Green Building Tax Incentives: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Delays on Christ Statue Train, Vans: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: One Week in Rio de Janeiro [Video] - La Viajera Morena Pingback: Visiting the Upscale Kiosks and Restaurants on Rio's Lagoa | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Renting a Scooter to Ride Around Rio de Janeiro | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Cultural Xplorer One Week in Rio de Janeiro [Video] - Cultural Xplorer Pingback: Cristo Wears German Colors Before World Cup Finals : Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: The Cineclube Screens "Passo a Due", Saturday, July 14th: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) Open 24-Hours During WYD | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: The Rio Times | Ségolène Poirier Pingback: Rio Film School Hosts A Week of Screenings and Lectures | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rio's Cristo Redentor Voted Top Landmark in Brazil in 2015 | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.