Are you looking for the quickest and easiest way to reach the summit of Corcovado Mountain to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro? We’ve got the best tips for you, especially after we made every single mistake in the book and it ended up taking 5 HOURS for us to get there! “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 eager to find out the best way to visit Christ the Redeemer, 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!
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.
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3. Set Off at the Crack of Dawn
If you’ve just arrived in Rio de Janeiro and want to know how to visit Christ the Redeemer tomorrow, then you might have left it a little too late to book a guided tour or 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.