I am embarrassed to say I once questioned why the Christ Redeemer was one of the 7 Wonders of the World… What was so great about a huge stone statue?
A 20 Minute train journey later, standing on top of a 2300 ft mountain overlooking one of the most beautiful city’s I have ever seen… I realized just how much I had underestimated the unbelievable beauty of Christ The Redeemer.
No Photograph (or blog post for that matter) will ever do it justice!
As I stepped out of the train and onto the escalator that brought me up to the base of the statue, I began to understand what all the fuss was about. But it wasn’t until I arrived at the very top of the mountain and I stood next to the 130ft statue, it actually hit me. THIS is why it is one of the 7 Wonders of the World, THIS is why Millions of people have come to visit Christ the Redeemer. The statue, its alright I suppose.. but THE VIEW!!! (Im just kidding by the way, the statue is truly amazing in itself!) :P I told my boyfriend Arua that if I just happened to die at that very moment for some strange and bizarre reason, I would die a perfectly happy and content woman having seen one of the most beautiful sights I have ever laid eyes on! Its one of those weird experiences, when you feel so small standing beside such a huge statue, but yet when you look out at city you also feel like you are a giant, like you are on top of the World!
Like I said, the photo’s just don’t do it justice so you’re just going to have to trust me and go to see it for yourself! I can promise you that it will blow your mind, and you will never forget the moment you stood tall looking over the city of Rio De Janeiro.
It is important to try to visit the statue on a clear day as that is when you will get the best view!
Another travel tip you might appreciate, as you can imagine, food and drink become very expensive the closer you get to a tourist spot, so if you are on a budget I would highly recommend bringing a bottle of water and maybe a packed lunch – you will thank me when you see the prices!
Train tickets cost R$46 which is approximately 17.50Euro (Worth it!), R$23 for Children (6-12) and Free for children under 6. This price includes the 20 minute train and addmission to the statue.
*A traditional Samba band played for us on the train on the way up! what a magical way to spend your ascent to the statue!