How could one visit Rio de Janeiro without climbing the Corcovado hill and see the city’s trademark Christ the Redeemer statue with it arms wide open to the city? One of the greatest monuments of humanity, it is one of the New Seven Wonders of World (N7W), the statue is the top symbol in national tourism, receiving over a million visitors every year. The journey to reach the summit of Corcovado hill, which is located in the Tijuca National Park at 2,330 feet above sea level, is an amazing experience. Since 2013 only accredited vehicles can get to the top of the hill. The other choices are by foot or by train – in a railway which is probably the smallest in the world, where two electric cars run 23⁄8 miles inside the forest, with capacity to carry 345 passengers, revealing an exuberant fauna and flora.
This tourist attraction is a must stop, as its beauty represents the Carioca spirit itself, a truly charisma in welcoming all visitors with a warmth and a sympathy you just won’t find anywhere else. The construction of this colossal icon consumed nine years of work (1922-1931) on a project designed by engineer Heitor da Silva e Costa, who had the Franco-Polish sculptor Paul Landowisk to create the work of art, executed in reinforced concrete and coated in soapstone. Since its opening in October 12th, 1931, numerous reforms and improvements were made in its structure.
Today access to the monument has escalators and an elevator, allowing easy entry for the elderly, wheelchair users and people with special needs.
Jeep Tour has daily departures – both morning and afternoon’s – from Monday to Monday and the tour to Corcovado takes 4 hours.