Brazil: Cristo Redentor — Wonder of the World

Brazil Travel post #8: Cristo Redentor (intro post is here).
Many locals see the statue as watching over their city.

For our last stop in Rio de Janeiro, we’re headed to the top of Corcovado mountain to see one of the New 7 Wonders of the World (two down, five to go!). Cristo Redentor translates to “Christ the Redeemer” in English, and is one of the most iconic statues on earth.

Not to mention a top tourist destination since its construction in 1931.

In MURDERED, you head up to the top for a major clue in the interactive mystery, and if you so choose, you can take the tourist cog train to the top.

So, of course, I made it a priority to do so myself. You’ll find plenty of warnings out there about how hard it is to get tickets day-of (during a holiday! When the cruise ships are in port! Oh my!), but when you’re travelling in a pair, things can go your way. As soon as we got to the station, the ticket salesman informed us there were two more tickets available for the next train. Despite an afternoon rainstorm, we went for it.

Yeah, this poster is not to scale. Like…at all.

The cog train takes you through the Tijuca forest, up the side of the mountain, and offers several in-car views of the city below.

Not too crowded for a selfie.
View from the train car.
First glimpse!

Once you make it to the top, you’re shuffled past a half-dozen souvenir shops and multiple restaurants.

Keep walking, sir.

Eventually, you’ll make it to the top.

Look up, look up!

And what will you see?

Carved from soapstone, He stands over 100ft high.

And once you’re done trying to take your picture in the same pose, you can look out over the city yourself.


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