The Christ Statue on Corcovado Mountain
The image of the Christ Statue on Corcovado overlooking Rio is for sure among the most well known in the world. When I got here to Rio the first time I actually didn’t know that there were two famous hills in Rio; The hill with the statue and the Sugarloaf, the latter has a cable car and is a completely different hill.
The statue, also referred to as Christ the Redeemer or in Portuguese Cristo Redentor, is located more than 700 meters above the sea on top of Corcovado Mountain and offers fantastic views of the city. Being one of The Seven New Wonders of the World you realize it is really something worthwhile visiting.
Weekends it gets really crowded. Make sure the weather is good, being high above sea level in a rainforest it is not uncommon to have zero visibility. Phone number to the train company is 2558-2700. The Christ Statue in Rio is definitely one of the most spectacular places I have ever been to, you should go there!
How to Get to the Top of Corcovado?
There are a few viable ways:
Bus + Train – From Copacabana and Ipanema you can catch bus number 583 and from Largo do Machado catch either the 422, 569 or 498 which all go to Cosme Velho from where the train departs. You can also buy the subway + bus integrated ticket that stops at the same stop. The train to the summit departs every 30 minutes between 08:30h-19:00h Monday to Sunday. Prices for the train (access to the statue is included) is 51 R$ roundtrip Mon-Fri low season and 62 R$ high season plus all Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays; children 5 to 12 years old are half price and under 5’s go for free (information as of April 2015). Check out the official train site by clicking here.
Taxi + Train – Same as above, only that you go by taxi to the train station at Cosme Velho. A lot faster if you live in Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon, but more expensive.
Van – From the subway station at Largo do Machado you can take a van all the way to the top and back, the same service you have from Praça do Lido in Copacabana. Tickets are sold at a ticket booth at the subway station which is open every day 08:00h-17:00h. Prices with entrance included are slightly less than to go by train and varies by season. To make sure that you get your seats on busy days you can book in advance online, just use this link to get to the site. It’s available in English and is straightforward to use (you can pick up the voucher at a collection place of your choice).
Organized Tours – There are quite a few organized day tours and frequently the Christ Statue is included in the itinerary. Like Brazil Expedition, old friends of mine run this company.
Hiking – From the lake, close to Parque Lage there is a trail going to the top of Corcovado (however it is not easy to find the entrance) which takes a few hours to climb to the summit. Warning; There have been occurrences of muggings and other petty theft on this trail so it may be a good idea to leave the camera at home. You pay the entrance at the top.