As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer is an iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 98-foot tall statue took almost ten years to build, eventually being completed in 1931. The inspiring figure of Christ stands on Corcovado Mountain in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca overlooking the city beneath with his arms outstretched, offering hope and salvation to all who visit Rio.
Perhaps the most famous Art Deco monument on the planet, no trip to Brazil would be complete without visiting the magnificent statue and enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains, beaches and city below.
How Do You Get To Christ The Redeemer In Rio De Janeiro?
The easiest way to get to Rio de Janeiro is to fly to the city’s main international transport hub, the Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG). A flight from New York to Rio takes around 12 hours and provided you can get a window seat you’ll be able to enjoy the amazing South American scenery en route.
Once you’re in Rio and have settled into your hotel, the best way to reach the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue is to take a taxi or use local public transport. Alternatively, you can join a guided tour and be picked up and dropped off at your hotel.
If you’re taking public transport to the statue then you can either take the metro or jump on a bus. To find out where the nearest bus or metro station is you can ask the staff at your hotel who will be happy to help and should be able to provide you with a city map as well.
To get to the base of Christ the Redeemer you need to pay an entrance fee of around $30. The money raised from entrance fees is used for the maintenance and upkeep of the statue and the surrounding parks.
To book your ticket to see the Christ the Redeemer statue, you can visit here.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Christ The Redeemer In Rio De Janeiro?
The ideal time to visit Brazil to see Christ the Redeemer is between December and mid-March. This is the summertime in Brazil so you can enjoy the wonderfully hot and sunny weather. The colder part of the year is between June and mid-September when there’s more rain and humidity making this a worse time to visit Brazil.
If you’re visiting Christ the Redeemer then it’s usually better to plan your trip for a weekday because over the weekend it can get very busy and a little overcrowded with other tourists. To further avoid the main crowds you can either visit early in the morning, around 8.30 am or after 3.30 pm in the afternoon when most people have already gone home.
What Is There To Do When You’re Visiting Christ The Redeemer In Rio?
Take A Full Day Guided Tour Of Rio’s Top Attractions.
One of the best ways to see all of Rio’s highlights is to join a full-day guided tour. You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel and transported around the city in an air-conditioned van with a maximum of 19 people in your group. During your tour, you’ll visit Christ the Redeemer where your multilingual guide will explain all about the history and cultural significance of this famous monument.
You’ll also visit Sugarloaf Mountain, Selaron Steps, Morro da Urca, the Centro de Visitantes Paineiras and the Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucaí. A traditional, Brazilian-style lunch, entrance tickets and transport are all included in the ticket price. To find out more about booking your place on this exclusive tour, you can visit here.
Take The Cog Railway From Cosme Velho To Corcovado.
The Corcovado Rack Railway is a lovely way to see Christ the Redeemer and the surrounding jungle from the comfort of your train carriage. The 20 minutes train ride will take you right up to the summit of Corcovado and is a fun way to get your day off to a unique start. There are a total of four stations on the cog railway line which starts at Cosme Velho and winds its way up to Corcovado.
If you decide to jump on the cog railway then it’s a good idea to arrive early in the morning because otherwise, you may have to wait for several hours in a line of tourists to get your ticket! The railway opens at 8 am and runs until 7 pm each day.
Go Hang Gliding Or Paragliding Over The City!
One of the most spectacular ways to see Rio and its major landmarks is to go hang gliding or paragliding over the city. Your amazing bird’s eye view will give you a truly unforgettable experience as you soar through the clouds over Rio de Janeiro.
Your pilot will also bring high-quality photography equipment with you on your flight so you can remember the day with some photos you can treasure for the rest of your life. The flight lasts for around 2 hours and there are guides who speak English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in paragliding or hang gliding either because you’ll be flown by a highly qualified pilot who will make sure the flight is safe and fun. To book your flight over Rio you can visit here.
Visit The Botanical Gardens.
If you’d like to relax and get away from the bustle of city life in Rio then why not visit the Botanical Gardens? Consisting of two 800-yard pathways of stunning royal palm trees and home to thousands of rare plants, shrubs and trees, the Botanical Gardens are an enchanting slice of heaven in the very heart of the city.
For an even fuller experience, you can join a half-day jeep tour of the Botanical Gardens as well as the National Park of Tijuca Forest, the biggest urban forest in the whole world. Your jeep ride will also take you to the popular Chinese View Belvedere lookout point where you can see some of the city’s finest vistas, including the Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Stay At The Americas Copacabana Hotel.
With views of Christ the Redeemer from its rooms and terraces, the Americas Copacabana hotel is a great option for tourists who are visiting Rio. Located just 20 minutes from the city center the hotel is surrounded by lovely bars, restaurants and shops, has valet parking, a pool and a magnificent rooftop terrace. There’s also a gym and fitness center if you want to stay in shape on your vacation and the price of your room includes a free breakfast.
To book your room at the Americas Copacabana Hotel, visit here.