No sight is more famous in Rio than the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain. You’ll set out on a drive through the city to the Tijuca Forest at the base of Corcovado. Board a 114-year-old cogwheel tram for the 20-minute ride through the forest to the top of the "hunchback" mountain. Spectacular vistas of Rio unfold below, and from the top—an elevation of 2,400 feet—the view of the city’s beaches, buildings and bridges is simply unsurpassed (weather permitting). Take the elevator or escalator to the base of the statue for a bird’s-eye view; then climb approximately 25 steps and you’ll see the crowning glory of Corcovado—the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing 125 feet tall, and made of concrete and soapstone. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms encompass an absolutely astonishing 360-degree view.
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The statue is very impressive! A sight (and a site) not to be missed! This is what you see when you think of Rio because it is in every ad (along with Sugar Loaf Mountain). And don't miss the chapel in the base of the statue, in back of it. (I don't think it's advertised.)