Christo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) – like in Hollywood movies

Undoubtedly one of the most magnificent monuments in the world, it stands stupendously on the Corcovado mountain and is visible pretty much from most areas in Rio de Janeiro. Getting up the mountain is not very simple given the wide number of options and the pros and cons that is associated with each mode of transport.

The train is the most sought after option but we took the shuttle van from Largo do Machado Square in front of the church since it was the closest to the hostel we stayed at. The ride costs R$45 during peak season and R$37 during low season. If you have the time it would be worth trekking up the mountain which is certainly the most scenic route.

Once you get up the mountain, take a moment to admire the statue and the panoramic views as it’s easy to get excited and go on a photography spree! Expect chaos as it is one of the primary agendas of all tourists and everybody is keen on getting that perfect picture with Christo Redentor.

Crowd at Christ the Redeemer's feet

Crowd at Christ the Redeemer’s feet

View from the Corcovado mountain

View from the Corcovado mountain

As impressive as the statue is, this is however, the least impressive view you could get of it! So where would you go to get the best view? The answer is – multiple vantage points across the city. The view of Christ the Redeemer from Pão de Açúcar is quite spectacular and it is one place you should visit just to get an awesome view of Christ during the evening when the statue is lit up.

View of Christ the Redeemer from Pão de Açúcar

View of Christ the Redeemer from Pão de Açúcar

If you have the budget, the best view is actually from a helicopter way above the mountains, just like in the movies…

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