Mount Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Statue Half-day Tour
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- The train: Hop on the red cog train for a 20-minute ride to the top of Mount Corcovado. You'll climb 2,310 feet during your journey, so sit back and enjoy the view to the top.
- The summit: The station at the top of the tracks isn't the end of your journey, but it may well be the highlight. You'll stand eye-to-toe with Christ the Redeemer – and when you turn around, the views of the city and surrounding area are unbelievable.
- Scenic drive: Rio is famous for its beaches you'll see a few of the most famous ones – including Leblon and the Copacabana – as you head back from Corcovado.
About this Rio de Janeiro tour
It took a Polish-French sculptor, a Brazilian engineer, and a Romanian artist to bring him to life. Around the world, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) has become the iconic symbol of Rio.
Perched 2,310 feet at the zenith of Mount Corcovado ("hunchback"), the 98-foot Art Deco statue is made of reinforced concrete covered in a soapstone mosaic. If he were to suddenly step off his base, he'd make a huge impression, weighing in at 1,145 tons.
The cog railway that gets you there takes 20 minutes to reach the summit, traveling through the lush greenery of Mount Corcovado. At one point not far from the top, there's a break in the foliage, and you're suddenly looking down upon all of Rio. It's a bit of a head rush, particularly if you get nervous about the idea of riding along the mountain's edge.
Once you've reached the station at the peak of Mount Corcovado, you have the whole world at your feet … or at Christ the Redeemer's feet. Breathe in the incredible panoramic, 360-degree view of Rio. Sugar Loaf Mountain looks tiny from your vantage point, and the waters of Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean feel as though you're looking down on a big, blue watery world.
Maybe if he had listened to the weather report …
It took nine years to build Christ the Redeemer at a cost of what would today be more than three million dollars. So when the monument was opened in 1931, the Brazilians wanted to go big. Italian shortwave radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was set to turn on the floodlights remotely from his post in Rome. Bad weather scuttled those plans, though, so the lights had to be flicked on from the mountain.
Please proceed pier side to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
It is reasonable to expect long lines at the Sugar Loaf cable car station. The joys of being popular. As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Due to ongoing construction itinerary alterations and routes may change based on traffic situations and regulations in Rio. This is out of the control of the tour operator; however, they will endeavor to run tours as described with minimal changes.
Vehicles are not wheelchair accessible. There are numerous steps at Corcovado Christ statue. Trains to ascend Corcovado Mountain and to reach the statue have capacity for 120 passengers and are wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Private Tour, Family Friendly
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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