Lonely Planet review
Atop Corcovado (which means ‘hunchback’), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his wellcrafted face. The mountain rises straight up from the city to 710m, and at night the brightly lit, 38m-high statue is visible from nearly every part of the city – all 1145 tons of the open-armed redeemer.
Corcovado lies within the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. The most popular way to reach the statue is to take the red narrow-gauge train that departs every 30 minutes, and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach the top. To reach the cog station, take any ‘Cosme Velho’ bus: you can take bus 583 from Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon.
If you want to take a vehicle up, vans depart every 15 minutes from Paineiras (around R$25) and from the cog train station, from 8am to 7pm in summer (until 6pm otherwise).