Corcovado & Rio Highlights
No sight is more famous in Rio than the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain. You’ll set out on a drive through the city to the Tijuca Forest at Corcovado. At the base of the mountain, board a 115-year-old cogwheel tram for the 20-minute ride through the forest to the top of the ‘hunchback’ mountain. The spectacular vistas of Rio from the tram—encompassing the city’s beaches, buildings and bridges—are quite spellbinding (weather permitting). At the top, take the elevator or escalator to the summit—an elevation of 2,400 feet. Climb approximately 25 steps and you’ll see the crowning glory of Corcovado—the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing 125 feet tall, and made of soapstone. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to an absolutely astonishing 360-degree view.
Expect long lines at the attractions and at the Corcovado tram station. During Carnival this tour may operate differently; please expect heavy traffic congestion and delays. No guarantee is offered with regard to visibility or views on any particular day, as climatic and atmospheric conditions vary and are beyond the tour operator’s control. This option is available only to guests who are returning to the ship. Escalators and elevators are available to reach the statue of Christ, or you can climb the 220 steps instead. Whichever option you choose, there will still be walking required and steps to climb, as well as cobblestones and uneven surfaces and some standing for extended periods of time. Tour does not operate on holidays.