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View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

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View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

Hello!

We are transferring through Rio airport, and realise that a proper "tour" of Rio is out of the question.

But all we want to do is:

- Get driven to somewhere with a reasonable view of the statue so we can say we've seen it

- Return to the airport

Any views, please, on possible viewpoints and the round-trip time required to get there and back?

Many thanks, in advance, for any advice you can give.

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1. Re: View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

How much time to you actually have?

Depending on traffic, it can sometimes take a hour to get to the statue from the international airport (GIG) and there could be a long line for tickets.

You would need to hire a taxi or a tour guide with a driver to get to the statue.

Corcovado Information:

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the train leaving every half hour.

Ticket price for adults: R$50

http://bit.ly/13ASYDJ

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2. Re: View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

Thanks, MonteCD. We only have about three hours but, to clarify, we don't want to GO TO the statue, merely to see it from a view point.

So if we could SEE IT from the international airport, then job done. Assuming we can't, we're trying to learn where we COULD get a decent view, preferably well within our time slot.

Sorry if I wasn't clear. Many thanks!

Edited: 3:01 pm, January 22, 2014
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No, you can’t see the statue from the airport, and with only three hours between flights it would be a waste of time to take a taxi to a point when the statue would only be a speck in the distance—not to mention the fact that you could get stuck in traffic and miss your flight.

This virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro contains some interesting footage of Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer). The panorama can be opened in two different resolutions.

http://bit.ly/HAs6HC

After you have chosen the resolution, the map box in the upper right corner of the screen will permit you to see other spectacular views of Rio.

Just click on one of the stars or dots for close-ups of Copacabana, Ipanema, Centro, Santa Teresa, Botafogo, Sugar Loaf, and additional views from Corcovado.

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4. Re: View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

Glad you added how much time you'll have, but what time of day and what day of the week? And, are you connecting between domestic flights, domestic to international, international to domestic or international to international? Makes a difference. You may happen to get a glance of the statue from the plane (luck of the draw). Any view from anywhere near the airport would be far-off. Statue would be awfully small. You have a better chance of seeing Pao de Açucar (Sugarloaf).

You could conceivably take a taxi to someplace like Flamengo or Botafogo, along Guanabara Bay, and possibly see the statue (it can be obscured by clouds) and get back to the airport in time for your flight. "Visto de Cordovado" (view of Corcovado, as the peak is known). That would be stopping just long enough to snap a photo (don't let the cab go). At rush hour, it'd be really, really tough. But, first, other info is needed to say if even this is worth trying.

Edited: 4:02 pm, January 22, 2014
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Thanks! Arrive domestic 1722, depart international 2150, on a Sunday. Appreciate not a lot of time...

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6. Re: View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

Good point about the weather, if it's cloudy you won't see it anyway. If I were you I'd make sure all checked in for international flight, grab a cab & explain what you're doing (highly unlikely cabbie will speak English) & head for city keeping an eye on your watch (you can turn back before you reach the point of no return even if you never saw the statue), as soon as you have seen it hightail it back to airport.

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7. Re: View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

Many thanks Cachaceiro.

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Two wingsuits fly past Christ the Redeemer Statue:

http://bit.ly/1fUkFKO

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9. Re: View of Christ the Redeemer Statue

Well, we struck lucky. We hired a car and guide from Blumar and, despite being a little late landing, managed to get into Rio, see various views of the statue, drive along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, stop for a fresh coconut water, get some great views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, and return to the airport via Santa Teresa - all in 2 hours and 5 minutes!

I'm pretty confident, though, that we were only this lucky because it was a Sunday, and hence much quieter than other days...

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BequiaWhispers: Glad it all worked out. Sounds like you had a great time--and a great guide.