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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 24, 2014

Amazing views - very busy - go early to make sure you can get on the train - otherwise you have to queue for a ticket for the bus then queue for the bus!

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

As expected, the views are amazing, the statue is stunning, and it is mighty crowded. I, however, feel that what made this trip to Cristo so enjoyable was the way we got there. We'd heard to buy tickets online but we didn't want to run around town looking for a printer, told to take the city bus which is cheap, but drops you at the bottom, and all other "routes" we could have taken. We didn't reserve online, we just walked a block from our place in Copa and got in a short line.

We obviously came to Rio to see the toursity sites, but we really didn't feel that the train up to Corcovado was essential. I'm sure it's beautiful as it winds through the forest, but we really just wanted to get there without a hassle, and that we did.

If you are staying in Copacabana, Ipanema, or even Leblon, I believe that your best bet for getting to Cristo (if you're OK not taking the train up), is by shuttle van. Right before we visited in December, they opened a new location right across the beach in Copacabana. It is a small green, storage container looking place in Praca do Lido (the park that is behind the nightly market).

We waited in line behind maybe 12 people for the place to open, and there were probably 20-30 people behind us by the time they opened. We got on the second van up to Cristo which left promptly. It is clean, air conditioned, and the drivers were friendly.

We drove up to where the train line was, and it was massive, maybe 100-200 people. They opened the doors and an employee from the Corcovado station checked that we all had tickets and let the van proceed up the hill past the line. We were dropped off right at the base of the stairs going up to Cristo.

There were several vans and personal vehicles parked near the top, and there were quite a few people up there around 9am, but we still managed to beat the main crowds, as when we were leaving, it became so crowded you couldn't get down the stairs without someone bumping into you.

The cost wasn't the cheapest of the options (51R in high season which is like $22US), but the waiting, lines, and other hassles we avoided made it well worth it.

3  Thank 3Puppies
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

We booked our trip to Corcovado/Christ statue through Gray Lines. They picked us up by bus from a neighboring hotel, dropped us at the train station (preferred way to climb the mountain that the famous statue is perched atop) and then shuttled us home the same way. Great trip, epic sights and seamless transport!

1  Thank David B
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

You can get to Rio's iconic symbol by several means of transportation. Thanks God we did not buy our tickets online prior to our visit as the weather was awful at the time when we originally scheduled our visit...
After spending several days in the jungle before our visit and we are not crazy about trains we decided to skip the lines at Corcovado and went for the more convenient minibus ride with Vans Oficiais on a relatively clear day and we were very satisfied with their service. Price is 41R$ pp (51R$ in high season) including transportation and the ticket to the statue. We boarded at Largo do Machado close to the metro station and the ride took approximately 20-30 minutes. Boarding is also possible at Copacabana and Paineiras. For more details you might check their website: www.paineirascorcovado.com.br
No matter how you get there the experience is outstanding. Rio's must see without doubt.

1  Thank monaHungary
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

I often wonder when I see postcards of places if they really look as good as they seem. The views are magnificent. I am not a religious person, so the attraction for me was not the statue itself, but being at the tippy-top of Rio checking everything out. The statue was giant. It was pretty cool. It was very crowded, more so probably because we were there during the World Cup.
Definitely ride the tram, it is worth it. (See Corcovado review)

1  Thank brina_c
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