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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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

92 thoughts on “The Outstretched Hands Of The Redeemer

  1. Wow Madhu! You’ve been to so many places. I’m really impressed and inspired! Brazil is high on my list but considering how far it is from this part of the world I’ll save it for my future big trip!

    1. You have your whole life ahead of you Bama. R and I are acutely aware of time running out and hence try to do as much as we can. We just had about three days in Rio and one night in Iguacu (we spent another in Puerto Iguasu on the Argentinian side). We hope to return sometime to see a bit more of Brazil.

    1. Would rather be inspiring 🙂 We have been to Lisbon and seen the statue from afar. Need to check my old prints to see if I have a picture.

    1. Me too Naomi! We almost missed seeing it. if we had gone on day one as planned, we would likely not have returned again.

  2. That is an incredible photo, Madhu. I have one of me standing there underneath my umbrella, with the rain pelting down, and mist shrouding the scene. 😉

    1. Thank you Ad! I probably would have had a photo like that if we had gone on day one! Strange that no one recommends going in the evening! It was so peaceful and beautiful!

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