If you`re visiting Rio de Janeiro, one of the must-sees is the statue of Christ the Redeemer, located on top of the Corcovado Mount. It`s one of the wonders of the world and no doubt, an icon of Rio de Janeiro. It is the symbol of the city and, beyond that, of the whole of Brazil. It is also a symbol of Christianity among the most important of the World. Christ the Redeemer is also an important tourist destination, with 600,000 visitors a year.
It was first imagined in 1850 by a Catholic priest, but this project was born in 1920 when a petition of support was initiated for the construction of a Christian statue. Once the style was chosen, construction began in 1922 and took nine years to be completed.
Today the Christ of Rio, or the Corcovado as it is called more frequently, is a monument very visited, it is among the most visited monuments of Brazil. To get there you have to go early and buy your tickets in advance on the Internet.
The statue weighs 635 metric tons and is located at the peak of the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Of course, it`s part of a visit to Rio de Janeiro. If you`re looking for a good visit to this incredible city in South America, let me suggest the following program:
CHRIST THE REDEEMER WEIGHT
The statue of Cristo Redentor or Christ The Redeemer, weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. The view is amazing and unique and the statue was declared as one of the new 7-wonders of the world.
RIO DE JANEIRO: CHRIST THE REDEEMER AND MUCH MORE
Take a look at the following day by day itinerary to visit the best of Rio de Janeiro
DAY 1 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Arrive at Rio de Janeiro Airport and transfer to a hotel in Rio de Janeiro. 3 nights of accommodation with breakfast
DAY 2 - RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast. we start visiting beaches of the South Zone of Rio: Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana discovering many things along the way, such as the origin of their names as well as learning a handful of the stories that happened in their streets. You will get a chance to learn about the writing of the Girl from Ipanema, learn the best spot to catch the sunset, and the about the fashionable life of the Guinle family, back when they used to own the Copacabana Palace.
After collecting all guests, the group will make its way Downtown, passing through the charming Botafogo’s shore where you will have the first glimpse of Sugar Loaf and hear about the fights between the French and the Portuguese back when Rio was nothing but wild.
Then you will pass through the historic Laranjeiras neighborhood, which hosts the Guanabara Palace, the ancient home of Princess Isabel, who signed the Golden law (Lei Áurea) in 1888 to set the slaves free. You’ll have a chance to hear of the time when Brazil was already an independent country, but still, ruled by Portuguese emperors.
After crossing the Santa Barbara tunnel, you will do a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, hearing all about the culture of Samba in Rio, while passing next to the Sambodrome and learning about the city’s early and later history before stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral. At the Cathedral you will have some time to admire its unconventional pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters.
After a brief visit to the Cathedral, you will get back to the bus and get perspectives of the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater. After crossing the historical Rio Branco Avenue, Via the Aterro do Flamengo, where you will hear about Brazil’s part in the Second World War as well as reliving the final battles between the Portuguese and the French, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf.
There, in addition to hearing about the origin of the Sugar Loaf’s name and its movie showcase in 1979 007’s Moonraker, you will catch some of the best views on the city. You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo and Botafogo beaches, Santos Dumont Airport, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Urca’s neighborhood, and Corcovado Mountain. At Urca hill you will visit the first cable cars used at 1912, made by Germans, and the second ones, from 1972, made by Italians.
From this stage, a second cable car takes you up to the top. When you get there, you will understand why Rio is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. At 395 meters you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from Copacabana beach, several beaches of Niterói, and the Santa Cruz fortress, which was during the colonial times and Brazilian Empire the main defensive structure of Guanabara Bay and the Port of Rio de Janeiro.
Explore Urca and Sugar Loaf hills for about 45 minutes before getting back to the bus. You can catch up with great views of the charming city, see the native rainforest and take your best photoshoots ever. You will see all the modern and natural beauties during this tour while thinking of the rich history you’ve just learned about Rio. Back on the bus, just relax and take a moment to behold Rio’s scenery while you let everything you experienced sink in, on your way back to your hotel. The smile upon your face is simply the consequence of a pleasurable morning tour you will never forget!
DAY 3 - RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast, we will start the visit of the second part of the city. It`s Corcovado and The Christ the Redeemer which is one of the new seven wonders of the planet. The Corcovado mountain where it stands was named for its shape, due to its narrow summit. Building the statue back in 1926 was a big challenge for the engineers. It is the most popular attraction of Corcovado mountain and brings over 300,000 visitors every year. From the peak’s platform, the panoramic view includes downtown Rio, as well as the south area.
After visiting the statue, the tour continues to Tijuca Forest. It is a natural boundary that splits the city in two. The park has over 3000 species of plants and hundreds of bird types. Without the park, the city temperature would probably increase around 2 degrees celsius. This Tour includes a visit to Corcovado mountain, the Statue of Christ, the Tijuca Forest, the Chinese View, the Taunay`s Waterfalls, and the Visitor Center.
DAY 4 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Free time until transfer to the airport
Of course, it`s just a basic program. We can add nights in Rio, and would be ok to extend the stay. It`s a wonderful city. And of course, we can arrange a combined program. One of my favourites is the program to combine Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu and Buenos Aires, and also the tour called Patagonia from Rio de Janeiro, to visit Rio, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and El Calafate.
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