Information and Private Tours in the state of Rio de Janeiro
Guide to Christ The Redeemer
Cristo Redentor - Christ Statue - Christ the redeemer - Corcovado
Official site http://www.corcovado.com.br
Getting to Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado) by Car or Taxi
With your own car, taxi or tour guide with car - the stop will be at Paineiras station.
From this station it is obligatory to use Bel Tour bus service to get to the top.
Currently the price is R$ 26 per person, which also includes access to the statue.
A tour guide will have free access meaning he or she will accompany you to the top (Taxi driver will have to wait for you at the bottom).
Should you opt for taxi anyway it is advisable to fetch one before you get to Cosme Velho station.
At the bottom there are many people offering their services at increased prices.
Getting to Corcovado By Bus or metro
With metro you should exit at Largo do Machado station. From there you will have to get up the street of Laranjeiras, either by taking bus from the bus stop next to the Church in beginning of the street, or by walking for 20-30 minutes. Walking is quite far and only uphill. However, if you are young and enjoy walking it is not too bad.
With bus you can take it from Av. Nossa S. de Copacabana to Cosme Velho Station, using Bus No. 583
From the train station (at Cosme Velho) you can return to Rua Barato Ribeiro and Rua Raul Pompeia (Paralell streets of Nossa Senhora Copacabana) by taking Bus No. 584
Bus price: R$ 2,5 (Each way)
Price for Corcovado: R$ 43
Open until 18.30
History of Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado
Modern history of activity on the 710 meters tall Corcovado (meaning "hunchback") mountain started during the reign of king Dom Pedro II.
He ordered the reforestation of the mountain, and due to the natural beauty of the settings he also ordered in 1882 a roadway to be built for more easy access.
By 1884 there was also a rail line with steam powered trains all the way to the top. Train that later became electric driven in 1912.
Beyond changing to electric driven trains not much happened in this area from the time Brazil became a republic in 1889 and until 1926.
The planning stage of the statue started in the early 1920s, but only in 1926 the construction began.
Finished in 1931 the statue has almost been turned into the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
Finished in 1931 during the presidency of Getúlio Vargas, and receiving illumination the following year, it stands 30 meters tall and weighs 1150 tons.
This statue looks over almost the entire city of Rio de Janeiro.
The statue is more beautiful from afar - Even so it has to be visited as the area gives you a great view of the city.
If you go by car a visit to Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) can and should be combined with at least one other view point.
This could be Chinese View (Vista Chinesa) or View of Santa Marta (Mirante Dona Marta). The latter being the best option.