The best views in Rio are to be seen from the top of Corcovado hill. Getting there is an adventure in itself. On the way you will ascend seemingly impossible gradients on the ingenious cog railway, which climbs through thick rainforest to reach the summit.
Look out for exotic birds, butterflies and plants on the way up, plus views of the trendy Ipanema and affluent Leblon neighborhoods of Rio.
At the top catch your breath as eye-popping panoramas of the city and coast unfold before you. You’ll see famous features such as Guanabara Bay, Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, Tijuca National Park, the Sugar Loaf, Copacabana beach and much more.
You will also get a close look at the incredible 30-meter high Christ Redeemer statue, Rio’s most famous landmark, which stands with arms outstretched as if to embrace the great city.
At the start of the Rio Sightseeing Tour – Corcovado with Christ Redeemer you will be picked up from your hotel in a coach at a time pre-arranged with the activity operator. An English-speaking guide will go with you on this excursion.
The tour passes the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (the most famous lake in Rio) and continues on to the Cosme Velho Train Station at the bottom of Corcovado Mountain. At the station you catch a cog train to ascend the mountain.
If you have never come across a cog railway before, it consists of a toothed rail which meshes with one or more cog wheels on the train itself. This allows the train to ascend very steep gradients.
The train will take you up Corcovado through the dense Tijuca rain forest to the Christ Redeemer Statue. On the way up you will get a close look at the jungle vegetation and butterflies and see fine views of Ipanema and Leblon.
The top of Corcovado hill stands at 710 meters (2308 feet) above sea level. At the top you have between 40 to 60 minutes to enjoy the truly spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding countryside.
Your guide will point out Guanabara bay, Niteroi, Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the botanical garden, the Jockey Club and the Tijuca National Park, Further north, you’ll see Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo and the famous Sugar Loaf.
Your guide will also tell you more about the iconic Christ Redeemer statue. Constructed between 1922 and 1931 in art deco style, it is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. At nearly 40 meters (130 ft) in height (including pedestal), it is one of the tallest of its kind in the world.
You will ride the train back down to the bottom and board your coach for the return to your hotel, or the cruise port.
Find the hotel pick up list. Download the list of Hotels
I booked this tour from the UK just a day before I travelled to Rio and 3 days before the day of the tour. The positives of the tour were that it was very informative and... MR J A HOWELLS
Took 2 1/2 hours from our pick up (we were first) to collect all the other tourists and get to Corcovado - this is too long! The tour guide Joe was interesting but there was too... Nicola Videtta
Start time: 02:00pm. Exact pick-up time will be advised upon reconfirmation.
Duration: 4 hours
Your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator on arrival in Rio, or 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point
Wear a hat, sun-screen and sunglasses. Don’t forget the camera!
Upon arrival in Brazil, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding the coach.
We picks up from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. If we are not able to pick up from your hotel of stay, an alternate pick up location will be arranged upon reconfirmation.
Please wait 5 minutes prior to the informed time at the lobby of your hotel, with your voucher. The guide will come in and call you by name.
This tour is subject to a minimum passenger requirement and depends on weather conditions. Therefore it is mandatory to call the local isango! partner at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the tour to confirm the departure time and location.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible
“If you would like to avoid picking up and dropping off other passengers, please ask for the last meeting point location when calling to reconfirm or when selecting your pick up point.
On Week days at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for tours departing until 9:00am. After that, at the Marina Palace hotel.
On Saturday at the Marina Palace hotel for all tours.
On Sundays and holidays at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for all tours.”
See the Cancellation policy for this product