You should definitely add, “Visit Christ The Redeemer,” to your bucket list.
I was in Rio de Janeiro for a couple of days last year, so I decided to visit the most famous landmark in Rio. It was such a beautiful experience. I was humbled by the larger than life art deco masterpiece, and blown away by the mountaintop views of Rio de Janeiro.
Here are the highlights:
I took the slow train ride (Trem do Corcovado) through the tropical rainforest to the summit of the Corcovado Mountain, where Christ The Redeemer is located.
Despite being at the top of a mountain, Christ The Redeemer is accessible to all. Visitors are free to use the new elevators, and escalators to ascend and descend easily.
This is what I saw once I got to the top… What a view!
Here’s the quick video I took while I was at the top of Corcovado Mountain.
Then I walked over to the display posters, and historical plaques to learn more about the famous landmark.
At one point I realized that no one was praying, which seemed pretty weird to me. I’m not a very religious person, but it felt appropriate to say a couple of prayers at the site of such a beautiful religious tribute. This might sound odd, but I cried throughout the prayers. It was particularly unusual because I wasn’t sad, or upset about anything that day. Tears quickly rolled down my cheeks, and I wasn’t sure why. I had just said a simple prayer for a friend who recently recovered from a serious illness, and a general prayer for the entire world.
Afterwards, I walked over to the restaurant for a light snack, which consisted of an ice cold drink and a small cheese & potato patty. I burned my legs earlier in the day, so it was nice to take a break. I kicked up my heels, and enjoyed the view.
On my way back down the mountain, I came across a couple of merchants selling colorful, locally made paintings. Their stands were set up beside the exit of the Christ The Redeemer site, and the train tracks.
Further down the mountain, the train stopped so passengers could listen to a couple of local children who were trying to sell some freshly picked jackfruit. I must say, they were excellent salesmen. With strong, confident, and charming voices they were able to sell a couple of fruit for 10 Reals ($5) each.
Then I headed over to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch this gorgeous sunset over Rio, and see Christ The Redeemer from a different perspective. It was definitely a nice way to end the day.
Check out the Maria Tiramisu in Brazil Pinterest Board for more photos from my trip to Brazil.
Where were you when you watched the best sunset of your life? Are you considering a trip to Rio de Janeiro, and Christ The Redeemer?
Let me know in the comments section below. Bom dia.
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