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. Amy is right. It’s like Madhu picks us up, takes us to church, and then walks around showing us the sights. You make the hard work look sooo easy.

    1. You are too generous Witt! (Not that I mind too much :-)) But a bit of research is all that is required to get that little bit extra from ones travels.

  2. I am so glad you shared this with us. Seeing through the clouds then straight on with the glow of the lights was breath taking.


  3. The power and inspiration of the amazing visions we see. The statues hand remind us that we have a God that loves and accepts us for who we are. Beautiful!

  4. Aren’t you lucky, to have been about to tour this beautiful place in person, Madhu? Our world offers so many beautiful sights, even only visiting for a short time will no doubt leave lasting memories. Thank you for sharing those memories with the rest of us. 🙂

  5. Wow, the photos up close at night with the clouds are spectacular! Oh, I want to go to Rio so bad and Brazil in general! On my wish list. Did you make it to the Amazon?

    1. No we didn’t Nicole. Rio was a short stopover on our trip to Peru and Argentina, since our connection was via Sao Paulo. I want to go back to Brazil just as bad as you 🙂

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