Behind the Scenes at Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro (Article & Video)

Christ The Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - From MariaTiramisu.com #corcovado #christ #christredeemer #rio #brazil #artdeco #cristoredentor

Christ The Redeemer monument on Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

A Metal statue of Jesus at the Corcovado Train Station in Rio de Janeiro - from MariaTiramisu.com #corcovado #rio

A metal statue of Jesus welcomes you at the Corcovado train station in Rio de Janeiro. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

Escalators leading to Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro - from MariaTiramisu.com #christtheredeemer #cristoredentor

Escalators leading to Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

This is what I saw once I got to the top… What a view!

View of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Corcovado - from MariaTiramisu.com #rio #riodejaneiro #corcovado #brazi

View of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Corcovado Mountain. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

History of Cristo Redentor - from MariaTiramisu.com #cristoredentor

History of Cristo Redentor. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

Restaurant with a nice view of Rio and Christ The Redeemer - from MariaTiramisu.com #corcovado #rio

Restaurant with a nice view of Rio de Janeiro – at Christ The Redeemer. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

Local artisan paintings for sale at Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro - from MariaTiramisu.com #cristoredentor #corcovado #rio

Local artisan paintings for sale at Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

Local children selling Jackfruit beside the train tracks on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro - from MariaTiramisu.com #corcovado #rio #brazil #jackfruit

Local children selling jackfruit to tourists beside the train tracks at Corcovado Mountain. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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.

The sun setting over Rio de Janeiro and Christ The Redeemer - from MariaTiramisu.com #rio # riodejaneiro #sunset #brazil

The sun setting over Rio de Janeiro, and Christ The Redeemer. ©2014 MariaTiramisu.com

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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Maria "Tiramisu" Perugini

Maria is a recipe developer, international event & project manager, and world traveller with a background in business. She is the writer and photographer at MariaTiramisu.com, the food & travel website she created to share dessert recipes & Italian recipes for curious home cooks. Read more about Maria, and her website.  [CONNECT: Twitter @MariaTiramisuCA  | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Email: info@mariatiramisu.com] 

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