Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

This iconic landmark is a must-see attraction in Rio. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms outstretched to the city from above Corcovado Mountain’s staggering 2,330-foot elevation.

Started in 1922 and completed in 1931, the monument — made of concrete and covered in soapstone mosaic tiles — stands 125 feet tall as a religious and cultural symbol of the Brazilian people’s warm and welcoming culture. The monument rests atop Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park and is the most famous attraction in Rio de Janeiro, visited by nearly 2 million people each year. Recent travelers recommend visiting on a day with clear skies since the vantage point is the best in the city.

There are multiple ways to reach Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer. Using public transportation, take bus lines 180 and 184 from Rio or Route No. 583 from Copacabana or Ipanema to Cosme Velho. From there, venture on the environmentally friendly electric train to the foot of the statue. Others choose to take vans from different points in the city directly to the foot of the statue. It’s also accessible by foot from Parque Lage via a hiking trail located at the foot of the mountain. Be prepared: This 8-mile trail is strenuous and includes a number of steep inclines. However, if you decide to tackle the hiking trail, you’ll be rewarded with discounted admission.