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- Posted:Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Travel Tip: Reaching Christ the Redeemer
The sky above Rio de Janeiro is dominated by a statue that stands on top of Corcovado and looks onto the whole city. This statue is of course that of Christ the Redeemer which is recognised around the world.
The statue is 130ft tall and is one of Rio de Janeiro's top tourist attractions. Even though you can see Christ the Redeemer from the city, it is worthwhile making the trip up to where the statue stands and there are three main ways of getting there. If you’re fit and partial to a mountain climb then you can make your own way up to see the statue. However, it is recommended that you get a guide or a local that knows the way to come along as the path up is not marked out too well.
If you’d rather save your energy or don’t feel like tackling a mountain trek, then opt for the more popular transport method up to Christ the Redeemer – funicular (tram). This train journey takes 30 to 40 minutes and you can take in some great scenery along the way. And if you would prefer to make the journey in the comfort of a car, then you can also take a taxi up to the top of Corcovado, but this the more expensive option.
And once you reach the top, all that's left to do is take in some breathtaking views of both the statue and the city.