Cristo Redentor, the giant statue standing tall over the city of Rio, also known in English as Christ the Redeemer. What travel blog would be complete without a visit to the statue?
Our first good view was from the top of Urca Mountain, closer to the bay. We had ridden the tram to the top of Pão de Açúcar that morning and got our first real glimpse. These mountains around Rio are incredible! And the way the city climbs right up the side of them is a sight to see.
You know that feeling you get when you spot a celebrity? Someone you are mad for, when you’re a real fan? That’s the feeling I get when I see a famous landmark. It could be a statue, or a place with a lot of history, or just something personal from our bucket lists, it really doesn’t matter what kind of place it is. My heartbeat speeds up, my palms get sweaty and I start getting really bouncy. Brian has to remind me to “sit in your seat, woman!” “Put your seat belt back on!”.
I’m a travel nerd, is what I’m saying.
The closer we get, the bigger my grin. Brian pretends to roll his eyes, but I see his smile. His stiff upper lip begins to crack and I see the bounce in his steps too.
Once we made it to the top, the crowds were so thick we couldn’t quite make it all the way out to the end of the viewing platform to get a good look. We were stuck at “up close and personal”. As you can see by the photo below, the only good way to get the whole statue in your viewfinder was to lay down on the ground. Everyone was doing it, including Brian. (That’s his leg in the bottom of the shot. Aren’t his knees cute?)
And yes, even me. Laying on the pavement isn’t exactly what I hoped to be doing when I got up here, but it was worth it to get a shot of that smiling face. We really can be cheesy tourists if we put our minds to it.
Take a peek at more photos in the gallery. (Apologies for the quality of the photos, my camera battery died and I had to rely on a cheap disposable camera from the gift shop, and a friend’s point & shoot.)
Did you know: There is a tiny chapel inside the base of the statue which is only 275 sq. feet, but they squeeze up to 150 people inside for ceremonies? There’s a photo of it in the gallery above.
On the map: Click here to see this location on our Google Map.