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) first instead 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. 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 ourselves out of bed. We found even longer lines at the base of the hill and 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 limited time here.

Cristo Redentor from a view point mid way from Corcovado

On our return from Niteroi around sunset, the sight of the illuminated statue tempted us to make one final attempt to get up close and Marcio decided 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 from the car park was a breeze.

And then………Wow!

Cristo Redentor, Corcovado

Cristo Redentor in all his glory!

Christ enveloped in the warm glow of the flood lights with his hands outstretched in welcome.  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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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

92 thoughts on “The Outstretched Hands Of The Redeemer

  1. Another great post – I had a similar challenge when I went to Corcovado – it wasn’t until my 4th time to Rio that we finally braved the crowds and the weather had cleared up enough to make the trip worth it.

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