You can read about a statue but you cannot feel how big it is towering above you, how the shadows on the art deco statue change and give such definition.
The view - spectacular view of Rio. Worth going after you have found your way around Rio so you can spot the different districts.
Make sure you book in advance during busy periods (e.g. world cup) as tickets on the tram and buses do sell out.
I recommend the tram if you have a choice, fun to ride on the old tram line, locals who live near get on and off, there will likely be a busker on board for part of it and you get the view on the right going up.
Also - go early in the day to miss the crowds. But if it is crowded just take your time - no rush right?
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