Corcovado or Christ the Redeemer

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , Rio de Janeiro,
Friday, December 10, 2010

Corcovado, meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-metre (2,329 ft) granite peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park.

Corcovado hill lies just west of the city center but is wholly within the city limits and visible from great distances. It is known worldwide for the 38-meter (125 ft) statue of
Jesus atop its peak, entitled Cristo Redentor or "Christ the Redeemer".

The peak and statue can be accessed via a narrow road or by the 3.8 kilometer (2.4 mi)
Corcovado Rack Railway which was opened in 1884 and refurbished in 1980. The railway uses two-car electrically powered trains, with a passenger capacity of 360 passengers per hour. The rail trip takes approximately 20 minutes and departs every half hour. Due to its limited passenger capacity, the wait to board at the entry station can take several hours. The year-round schedule is 8:30 to 18:30.

From the train terminus and road, the observation deck at the foot of the statue is reached by 223 steps, or by
elevators and escalators. Among the most popular year-round tourist attractions in Rio, the Corcovado railway, access roads, and statue platform are commonly crowded.

The most popular attraction of Corcovado mountain is the statue and viewing platform at its peak, drawing over 300,000 visitors per year. From the peak's platform the panoramic view includes downtown Rio,
Sugarloaf Mountain, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lake), Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Estádio do Maracană (Maracană Stadium), and several of Rio's favelas. Cloud cover is common in Rio and the view from the platform is often obscured. Sunny days are recommended for optimal viewing.

Thanks Mr Wikipedia

Second day in Rio and I had 3 more ticks to achieve.

Tick 1 = See Corcovado or known as Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor)

I stood beneath Christ's outstretch arms for 2 hours and eventually he gave me several but very brief glimpses of his beauty. While down at sea level it was fine, the mist up at 706 metres or 2,316 ft was covering the statue for most of the time that I was up there.

Caught the second or 8.40 am tram as it climbed its way upwards through the lush and cool Tijuca forest. Early morning by the beach it was raining a little bit, clouds grey and I had to decide … go now or late afternoon after my 12.30 pm favella tour but common sense said 'go early’ as traditionally in the afternoon the clouds will come in. They had been the previous few days and did so again today.

For the first hour I had the place virtually to myself, such peace. Not hot at all being high. Then the few tour groups arrived. Thank goodness it was not high season.

Now cleaned the statue is a truly magnificent sight.

Several times the mist cleared down below and I could see the outline of Sugar Loaf and beaches and houses vista below. It was just enough not to be disappointed!

The 45 min by public bus getting there and back was easy. Only 2.40 brl or NZ $2 each way by bus.

Tick 2 = Go on Favella Tour - Rocinha

Tick 3 = Have a swim in Copacabana Beach

PS The next morning as I left for the airport it was a real fine sunny morning with the sun glistening off the statue high above me! Look at the photos of Rio de Janerio and the Christ's statue taken from the plane as we head west to the Iguazu Falls.

Lesson is to "Wait patiently ..."

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