Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
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An elegant 38-meter (125 ft) Art Deco statue constructed in 1931, Corcovado Christ the Redeemer was once only accessible by climbing hundreds of steep steps to the top of the Corcovado Mountain. Today, visitors can access this instantly recognizable city symbol by using the convenient escalators and elevators. The viewing platform from the top offers panoramic views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Botanical Garden, and the Maracana Stadium. Check the weather before starting your climb to the top, as thick clouds often envelop the peak and obscure the view. You can also reach the top on the funicular train, but remember that the lines can get rather long here. Try to time your visit for lunchtime, when there are fewer crowds and considerably shorter lines. Put Corcovado Christ the Redeemer and other Rio de Janeiro attractions into our Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Is Rio de Janeiro in its highest expression. You can't visit the river without visiting the Corcovado. The view from the River is 360 degrees. Not to be missed!
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  • Here I think that you should book in advance I was without reservation and had to wait more than two hours to have quota. It is a car that leads to a platform and then take stairs and a lift with long row. The most high the panoramic view is great!
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  • It is a MUST see....not visiting would be like be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. It is truly an awesome site. 
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  • You have to go and see it, but it really helps if the weather is good. You can take the tram all.the way to the top or drive up to a point from where you can walk the rest of the way for free, or pay to be taken up and brought back to the base by minibus. We chose the bis as it was quicker. Spectacular views and of course the enormity of the Corcovado itself is amazing.
  • One of the most amazing views that I've ever seen in my life. Very good vibes. You have some van options now going from Largo do Machado, Copacabana or Barra da Tijuca. You'll buy your ticket and go all the way to the Christ statue by Van. You'll also have the option to stop by the Paineiras Tourist Center where you can chill out at the store or have lunch at the Mirante Paineiras Restaurant.
  • Me n my buddy went to visit, an awesome view of the valley n a lifetime experience of seeing Christo. Now I know why it is a must for a visit in one's lifetime. Only mistake we made was to visit in the early hours of day as sun is facing you n Christo. We took a lot of pictures, some good ones but due to sun facing Christo the pictures didn't do justice to us n this landmark. I will strongly recommend anyone planning to visit in thee afternoon hours when sun will be either above or behind you. One must also try the café at the base, all the items are worth eating as I tried them all. Overall the landmark is well managed n well taken care off. Hats to people n management for a well managed system. If you plan to drive up to the visitor center yourself (I will highly recommend this drive as we did) be careful of these parking attendant's who will ask you (depending upon who n where u are from) an exorbitant amount but if you stick to questioning, they will back off n accept less.
  • Great view and the statue is amazing, but the commercialization has gotten a bit out of hand. Be aware that the private van service offered will only take you halfway, to get up to the statue itself you have to pay another 38 reais. Taking the train is advised, but you should reserve ahead of time as the wait can be long. I went during the olympics, things may be different the rest of the time.
  • Great, we hiked up from Parque Lage, trail starts and the guard house in the park(see pic for coordinates). It was 3.4 miles, to the top, around 2,300 feet of elevation gain. It took about 2 hours going slow up an a little over an hour back. There is one steep section, 2/3'rds of the way up, with a chain and rebar in the rock. Lots of monkeys on the way up. Paid 24 reals at the top to get into the monument. Enjoyed the hike more than the loads people at the top. Great day.