The Outstretched Hands Of The Redeemer

This was our first disappointing glimpse of Cristo Redentor, barely discernible from behind those hazy clouds! We decided it would be pointless going to Corcovado if visibility was going to be so poor. So we went to the Päo de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) and prayed hard that the weather would clear, for we had very little time in Rio.

Corcovado from Päo de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain)

Wrong decision! The clouds lifted as soon as we were up on Sugarloaf mountain from where we got this fist real shot of the statue of Christ the Redeemer! By the time we reached the train station below Corcovado around 11 am, the lines were miles long and we were loath to waste our entire day trying to get to the statue.

Cristo Redemptor through the clouds – Corcovado

He was omnipresent! Wherever we went we felt his towering presence watching over this beautiful city. And a constant reminder of our disappointment.

Cristo redemptor from Parque Lage

We felt the effect of our 26 odd hour flight the next morning and barely managed to drag ouselves out of bed. Even longer lines at the base and another chance missed :-( Dejected we decided we would have to be satisfied with this view (below) from a spot halfway up.  Then off we went for our Sunday morning stroll around Ipanema and Lagoa and in the afternoon a drive across to Niteroi with Marcio Guedes whose help we had enlisted to maximise our short time here.

Cristo Redentor from a view point mid way from Corcovado

On our return from Niteroi around sunset, the sight of the lit up statue seemed to beckon and it was Marcio’s idea to drive us all the way up instead of waiting for the train. There were barely a handful of tourists at this hour and the tram and elevator up was a cake walk!

And then………Wow!

Cristo Redentor, Corcovado

Cristo Redentor in all his glory! This was a vision to behold! Christ with his hands outstretched in welcome! Enveloped in the warm glow of the flood lights! How could we have even considered leaving without seeing this!

Cristo Redemptor lit up at dusk!

We hung around a while and were rewarded with this additional bonus. (I know my poor camera does not do this scene justice, but you get the picture)

Sugarloaf from Corcovado at dusk

And this……

View of Lagoa. The lone building in the wooded area is the beautiful Parque Lage

I was now ready to bid Rio adieu.

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