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 from Copacabana and Ipanema you can catch local bus 583 and from Largo do Machado 422, 569 or 498 – they go to Cosme Velho where the train leaves from. You can also get a subway + bus integrated ticket that drops you at the same stop. The train departs every 30 minutes 8:30h/19:00h everyday, the price is 50 R$ roundtrip (entrance to the statue is incuded), children 5 to 12 years half the price and under 5 for free (info from Feb 2014). Check out the official train site by clicking here.
Taxi + Train Same thing as the bus but a bit more expensive and in compensation a lot faster if you live in Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon.
Van From the subway station 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. Ticket are sold at a desk at the subway station that is open everyday 8h/17h. Prices with entrance are slightly less than to go by train and varies with season. To make sure that you can get up there on busy days you can book a seat in advance online, just use this link to get to the site – available in English and straightforward it allows you to pick up the voucher on the pickup spot of your choosing.
Organized Tours There are quite a few organized day tours and many times the Christ Statue is included.
Hiking From the lake side, close to Parque Lage there is a trail going to the top of Corcovado (it is not easy to find the entrance). It takes a few hours to get up there and you´ll get some spectacular views. A word of warning; Unfortunately there have been a few robberies on this trail so it may be a good idea to leave the camera at home. You pay entrance at the top.