Christ the Redeemer
After a month of being in Rio de Janeiro, I figured it was time to visit their largest tourist attraction, Christ the Redeemer monument. It’s become a very famous statue worldwide and is now considered one of the 7 wonders of the new world!
The trip to get up to the statue was a big part of the experience as well. There is a train that takes you up the mountain for $36 Reals ($20 USD). At first I figured it was going to be “neat” but not an overly exciting train ride. I was wrong.
As we left the station at the base of the mountain we began our accent. The conductor piloted the train up the steeper and steeper slope and then the vegetation started to change. The trees and bushes all became more dense. The smell in the open air train car started to smell tropical. The smell gradually intensified. Peering out, the thick dense foliage became a healthy dark green color and moss covered rocks started to appear. Every so often, I could see spider webs at least four feet in diameter; some with trapped insects. We kept on chugging up the hill and the jungle smell continued to intensify. This trek was becoming eerily like Jurassic Park. Too bad there were no monkeys or other wild animals to complete the adventure.
At the top of the mountain, standing tall, was Christ the Redeemer. Beautiful, well kept gardens lined the final walking path up to the monument. The pictures will do a much better job at giving you a glimpse into the feeling from up there. There is a complete 360 degree views of Rio that is extrodinary.
Enjoy the photos in the Christ the Redeemer photo gallery here.