Hike up to Christ the Redeemer and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most stunning views that Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Rio is famous for its 360 degrees views, but this one is probably the most complete of them all: The entire city is spread out in front of you! And even if clouds may block your view, it just adds to the mystic air of the Christ Statue. Hiking the Corcovado Mountain (hunchback in Portuguese) involves crossing small waterfalls, steep paths and even a bit of climbing. If you’re looking for some good exercise, try the Corcovado Hike!
|Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 hours up and down
Distance: 5,8 km
When to hike: All year, except if it has been raining the previous days.
What to bring: Hiking Boots/trainers, comfortable clothing that can get dirty, sunscreen, mosquito repellant and lots of water.
How to get to Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado Mountain
The hike starts in Parque Lage, an idyllic small park close to the Botanic Garden.
Address: Rua Jardim Botânico 414 – Parque Lage
Bus: Take the bus number 110, 570, or 574 from Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana.
You enter Parque Lage through a big gate and walk along the avenue lined with palm trees up to the colonial mansion. Do have a quick look inside and think about coming back another time to check out the park, it’s definitively worth a trip! For more information on Parque Lage, click here!
To get to the starting point of the hike, you have to pass the mansion and go to the end of the parking lot. Take the path going to the right, after walking for a few hundred meters, you will reach some stairs going up on the left hand side. There’s even a sign saying “Trail to Corcovado”, you can’t miss it. The stairs lead to a path going up to the right. Follow the path until you come to a small house/cabin, you’ll have to sign in and you can get a map and information about the hike here. Then you continue the path past the house and basically follow the indications, usually wooden signs or yellow arrows on the trees.
You will reach a small waterfall after about 30 minutes. On the other site there’s a stair out of stones which you’ll have to go up. From here onwards, the hike gets pretty steep and you have to climb over a lot of roots. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and don’t rush it, it’ll take some time. After another 30 minutes you get to a wall of rocks and maybe 7 meters high. There’s a chain on the wall which you can hold on to to climb up. Shortly after the wall you’ll have to cross the tracks of the train which goes up to Christ the Redeemer. On the other side of the tracks the trail continues until it reaches a road. This is the road the vans are using, the only other public transport which takes you up to the Christ. Follow the road carefully, there’s no sidewalk and the vans keep rushing past you. It’s a 10-15 minutes hike but the sun is usually very strong so you might want to bring a hat.
On the top you can buy your ticket to the Christ (you must arrive before 5pm) for 25 BRL. This does not include your transport for the way down! However, if you don’t want to hike back, you can purchase a ticket for the train or the van. Be prepared to pay the full price for both ways though, unfortunately there is no single ticket…
The views you get from Christ the Redeemer are truly stunning! From the top you can see all the famous hills of Rio de Janeiro: The Sugarloaf, Dois Irmãos (the Two Brothers Mountain), Pedra da Gávea, Pico da Tijuca, Bico de Papagaio and much more.