“FIVE Hours?” we can hear you asking yourself? “Surely not?”

Our response: “We kid you not… It took us FIVE HOURS to see Christ the Redeemer and we’ve even got video footage to prove it”

After we made the regrettable mistakes seen in the above video, we discovered 3 simple ways that we could have avoided them; so if you’re planning on visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue and you want to know the best way how, then today is your lucky day!

 

1. Book a Tour With a Professional Tour Guide

If you pre-book a guided tour of Christ the Redeemer, not only does the tour guide conveniently pick you up from your hotel in an air-conditioned van, they also transport you to the summit of Corcovado Mountain – which saves you from hours upon hours of queuing to get up the mountain!

A Ridiculously Long Queue for the Corcovado Minibus
A Ridiculously Long Queue for the Corcovado Minibus, Which can be Avoided by Booking a Guided Tour

2. Take the Little Tram Up the Mountain

The Corcovado Tram is an attraction in itself and it’s been used by Princess Diana, Pop John Paul II and Albert Einstein! As you may have seen in our YouTube video, we didn’t exactly get to enjoy the luxury of the Corcovado Tram, but rumor has it that a small musical band play passengers some really cool songs halfway through the journey. We actually turned up on the day and attempted to book the tram but we were obviously laughed at, so make sure you book your tram tickets online at least 1 week in advance.

Crowds of People Attempting to Board the Corcovado Tram
Crowds of People Attempting to Board the Corcovado Tram – Book Your Tickets Here

3. Set Off at the Crack of Dawn

If you’ve just arrived in Rio and you want to visit Christ the Redeemer tomorrow, then you’ve probably left it a little too late to book a guided tour or to buy Corcovado Tram tickets. Fear not! You can still get a taxi to Rua Cosme Velho and get the Corcovado Minibus up the mountain, BUT… You’ll have to start your journey very early, literally as the sun comes up! By doing this, you’ll beat all the crowds and the seemingly never-ending queues.

Even More Queues on Corcovado Mountain - Christ the Redeemer is Still Hours Away
Even More Queues on Corcovado Mountain – Christ the Redeemer is Still Several Hours Away !!
Nearly There Nat - Finally On The Way to the Summit of Corcovado Mountain
Nearly There Nat – Finally On The Way to the Summit of Corcovado Mountain
A Tired-Looking Mase at the Summit of Corcovado Mountain - Only a Few Metres to Go
A Tired-Looking Mase at the Summit of Corcovado Mountain – Only a Few Metres to Go!
After 5 Hours, We Finally Made It to Christ the Redeemer
After 5 Hours, We Finally Made It !!

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