Rio de Janeiro - Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain

Cogwheel Train Is Best Way to Get to Top of Corcavado Mountain Rio de Janeiro - Entrance to Corcovado Cogwheel Train Station

 

John O'Connell

 

Half-Day Shore Excursion to Top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Most people associate Rio de Janeiro with the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the new seven wonders of the world, which overlooks the city from the top of Corcovado Mountain. Visitors to Rio make their way to the top of Corcovado via a cog wheel train, a taxi, or by walking on the five-mile long path. Our Celebrity Infinity shore excursion group did the two-mile, 10-minute train ride to the top of Corcovado passing through scenic Tijuca Forest. We purchased tickets with a stamped boarding time for the ride to the top, but had to wait in line to ride back down. At the train station near the top, escalators or 220 steps upward take visitors the to the foot of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer.

The massive statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain is impressive. The views of Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are amazing on a clear day.

The cogwheel train is the best way to get up close to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. Visitors can also take a taxi or hike the 5-mile trail.

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Rio de Janeiro - Entrance to Corcovado Cogwheel Train Station

Rio de Janeiro - Entrance to Corcovado Cogwheel Train Station
Rio de Janeiro Corcovado Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Your ticket to the top of Corcovado will be time-stamped, and trains leave every 30 minutes. You can use the time to explore around the station.

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Rio de Janeiro - One of Old Cogwheel Trains in the Corcovado Train Station

Rio de Janeiro - One of Old Cogwheel Trains in the Corcovado Train Station
Rio de Janeiro Corcovado Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Rio de Janeiro - View from Top of Corcovado Mountain

Rio de Janeiro - View from Top of Corcovado Mountain
Rio de Janeiro Corcovado Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The views from the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro at the base of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer are spectacular.

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Rio de Janeiro - Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain in Rio

Rio de Janeiro - Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Statue of Christ the Redeemer Picture (c) Linda Garrison

It is interesting to note that a smaller replica of this statue of Christ overlooks the Tagus River and Lisbon, Portugal.

The Statue of Christ the Redeemer sitting atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro was selected one of the new seven wonders of the world in July 2007. The statue is certainly impressive. The 100-foot statue on a 25-foot base was raised in 1931 and is made of reinforced concrete and covered with pale green mosaic tiles.

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Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Picture of Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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Rio de Janeiro - Celebrity Infinity at the Dock

Rio de Janeiro - View of the Celebrity Infinity at the Dock from the Top of Corcovado Mountain
Celebrity Infinity in Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison
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Rio de Janeiro - View of Sugarloaf Mountain and Downtown Rio from Corcovado

Rio de Janeiro - View of Sugarloaf Mountain and Downtown Rio from Corcovado Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain and Downtown Rio (c) Linda Garrison

Isn't Rio de Janeiro spectacular? This view of Sugarloaf Mountain, the harbor, and downtown Rio shows how gorgeous the city can be.

It is fun to look over at Sugarloaf and know that people at its summit are taking photos of you on the summit of Corcovado. Here's a picture of Corcovado made from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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Rio de Janeiro - View of Rio from Corcovado Mountain Summit

Rio de Janeiro - View of Rio from Corcovado Mountain Summit
Rio de Janeiro Corcovado Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach as Seen from the Top of Corcovado Mountain
Rio de Janeiro Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Rio de Janeiro - Tijuca Forest on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro - Tijuca Forest on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro (c) Linda Garrison

The Tijuca Forest covers the Corcovado mountainside. The cogwheel train passes through Tijuca on its way to the Corcovado summit.

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Rio de Janeiro - Cogwheel Train Climbs Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro - Cogwheel Train Climbs Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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