Scenic Lookouts in Rio de Janeiro

Corcovado

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Corcovado (Portuguese pronunciation: [koɾkoˈvadu]), meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Шаблон:Convert granite peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park. It is sometimes confused with nearby Sugarloaf Mountain.

Corcovado hill lies just west of the city center but is wholly within the city limits and visible from great distances. It is known worldwide for the 38-metre (125 ft) statue of Jesus atop its peak, entitled Cristo Redentor or "Christ the Redeemer".

Access

The peak and statue can be accessed via a narrow road or by the 3.8 kilometre (2.4 mi) Corcovado Rack Railway which was opened in 1884 and refurbished in 1980. The railway uses three electrically powered trains, with a passenger capacity of 540 passengers per hour. The rail trip takes approximately 20 minutes and departs every 20 minutes. Due to its limited passenger capacity, the wait to board at the entry station can take several hours. The year-round schedule is 8:30 to 18:30.

From the train terminus and road, the observation deck at the foot of the statue is reached by 223 steps, or by elevators and escalators. Among the most popular year-round tourist attractions in Rio, the Corcovado railway, access roads, and statue platform are commonly crowded.

Attractions

The most popular attraction of Corcovado mountain is the statue and viewing platform at its peak, drawing over 300,000 visitors per year. From the peak's platform the panoramic view includes downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lake), Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Estádio do Maracanã (Maracanã Stadium), and several of Rio's favelas. Cloud cover is common in Rio and the view from the platform is often obscured. Sunny days are recommended for optimal viewing.

Notable past visitors to the mountain peak include Pope Pius XII, Pope John Paul II, Alberto Santos-Dumont, German Sueiro Vazquez, Albert Einstein, Diana, Princess of Wales, and General Sherman, among others. An additional attraction of the mountain is rock climbing. The south face had 54 climbing routes in 1992. The easiest way starts from Park Lage.

The Corcovado is also a symbol of the Brazilian culture.

Geology

The peak of Corcovado is a big granite dome, which describes a generally vertical rocky formation. It is claimed to be the highest such formation in Brazil, the second highest being Pedra Agulha, situated near to the town of Pancas in Espírito Santo.

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Camilo Rojas
7 March 2016
Go early, during morning hours, otherwise you'll find it packed and incredibly hot. I'd suggest taking a van (not the train) so you can stop by Mirante Dona Marta.
Jon Davey
30 September 2013
Don't just take your beach clothes if you're going in Winter. If you're looking for amazing photo opportunities, pay close attention to the weather because the fog can hide everything.
Danilo Durazzo
15 July 2014
If you like hiking, it is a must! It will took you about an hour if you don't stop. But you will: at least to take pictures to the monkeys trying to steal your food.
Sam Marques
5 April 2015
This is Brazil! One of the best places ever to live! Pessoal, em vez de ficarem preocupados com as fotos no ig e no facebook, curtam a paisagem, sintam a energia do lugar! Much better! É inexplicável!
Ricardo Luciano
20 February 2017
Try to go on a clear day to avoid clouds, and avoid weekends! Stay there if possible until sunset!
Lu
23 December 2015
Take the train to go up to see Christ, if you have money to spend they have a good restaurant up there but it's pricy.
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