I guess the whole world has heard that you can’t go to Brazil without taking a picture in front of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. When we went, it was relatively early. Turns out most tourists visit in the afternoon so we visited right before the crowd came meaning we actually managed to take pics without 50 other people in it.
You can see Christ the Redeemer, one of the new seven wonders of the world, while driving around Rio and it seems very small. We had our guide take us by car and it’s apparently hard to find a parking spot, but there was one empty one waiting for us. After parking, we walked a few blocks down to the foot of the hill where the statue is. We bought our tickets at the counter and got on a funicular.
People actually have houses on the hill which the funicular passes by. When you get to the top, you can take an elevator or use the stairs to get to the area where the statue is located. It can get a bit foggy up by the statue so we couldn’t see the view of Rio very clearly. But we did get some good shots of the statue.
After we got our pictures done with, I walked around and found there’s a tiny church under the statue. You can’t take pictures of it though. By then, it was getting hard to navigate around the statue without bumping into a complete stranger so I stood at the side and did some people watching.
The place was filling up with tourists. And there were just so many people! I just kept thinking to myself that these people really aren’t enjoying the view of the statue. They are just there to take quick pictures.
Then it just became too funny when I realized people were sticking their arms up in the air, sitting on the steps, some even laying on the floor to get a picture. Suddenly the people became the main attraction, not the statue!
There were people from all over the world and I heard several languages being spoken.
I think this is the most touristic thing we’ve done so far on our RTW. I actually prefer to do more local things like living like a local and eating at local places. But Christ the Redeemer is an exception. I’m glad I have that crossed off my must see/ travel bucket list!
Have you been or want to visit Christ the Redeemer? Leave a comment below!