Jesus Christ & Knocking #4 off My Bucket List

I arrived into Rio around lunch, and by the afternoon, I was standing at Jesus’ feet. I mentally scratched #4 off my bucket list.

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The skies were clear, which is ideal when visiting Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer in English. Named one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Christ is 130 feet tall and sits on top of the 2,300 feet tall Corcovado Mountain. This symbol of Rio and Brazil stands watch, and as I’ve already found out, is visible in every spot in the city.

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Our driver snaked through a residential neighborhood, struggling to make it up the steep mountain. We arrived at a parking lot where we bought our tickets and hopped in the small, air conditioned bus that would take us even further up. With the heat, I was grateful not having to ride in the non-airconditioned train to the top.

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Like anything else that attracts huge crowds, there were souvenir shops and concession stands. I bought some water from a man wearing, ironically, a Houston Astros hat. I smiled and pointed at it, but I’m not sure he even knew what the hat represented.

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This lazy American was grateful to see escalators. I hopped on and was magically transported to Jesus’ feet. I pointed my chin to the sky in order to get a good look at the art deco, soapstone statue. It was as beautiful as I expected it to be.

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Getting a picture with the statue alone would truly take a miracle. Hundreds of people were jockeying for position for just one picture with their arms stretched out mimicking Jesus.

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I turned my attention away from the statue and got my first real look at Rio. It’s impressive to say the least. Sugarloaf Mountain, the ocean, and marina all stood out. Looking closer, I saw Rio’s giant cemetery and countless soccer fields.

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Satisfied with the experience, we made our way back down the mountain and into the madness of the city. Sometimes experiences like these are over-hyped, but I didn’t feel that way in the least. The views alone were worth the price of admission. Knocking #4 off my bucket list was priceless.

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12 Comments
  • Peg
    February 16, 2012

    Yay for Bucket List knocking-offing!

    We’ve done the vans and the train, and I have to say I prefer the train. With the windows open we had a nice breeze and the 45 degree angle is something to be experienced! The vans are a twisty ride all their own too, so you have a pretty cool experience either way.

    I was surprised at how small the observation area is, and how think the crowds. You’re so lucky you got a clear day, it’s a beautiful view! Love your photos, and love the smile on your face. I know the feeling!

    Looking forward to reading more about your trip. :0)

    • Leah Travels
      February 16, 2012

      Thanks so much. Yes, it was a beautiful day. There were actually some clouds that rolled in towards the end of our visit that cooled things off. My husband did the train when he visited before. He went on and on about how steep it was to ride the train. I’ll have to do it next time!

  • D.J. - The World of Deej
    February 16, 2012

    Well done and incredible view…I hope to knock it off my bucket list also!

    • Leah Travels
      February 16, 2012

      I hope you get to do it also. It’s so worth the trip.

  • Jody
    February 16, 2012

    WOW! Just amazing and truly spectacular, thanks so much for sharing and might I say, I love your hat and you look fabulous, your hair is gorgeous

    • Leah Travels
      February 16, 2012

      You’re welcome, Jody. I really enjoyed my time up there. It was a great introduction to the city. You’re so sweet to compliment me so. 🙂

  • Emily in Chile
    February 16, 2012

    Wow, that first picture is amazing! I love Rio, it’s such a fun, vibrant city. Congrats on making it there and checking an item off your bucket list!

    • Leah Travels
      February 16, 2012

      Would you believe that I took that first photo with my iPhone? I uploaded it and edited it in iPhoto. It was beautiful without the edits with the sun peeking out behind Christ, but I thought the golden really warmed it up. The rest are from my DSLR.

  • Suzy
    February 20, 2012

    Great photos! That’s always a great feeling when you can cross off something you have always wanted to see or do. Christ the Redeemer is definitely a statue I would love to see in person. Love the shots of the people stretching out their arms. Too funny!

    • Leah Travels
      February 20, 2012

      Thanks, Suzy. Just as amazing as viewing it up close is that fact that it can be seen everywhere in the city. I love seeing it lit up every night. It’s simply a cool thing.

  • Cal
    March 16, 2012

    Yeah, this so cool. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. Hopefully soon!

    • Leah Travels
      March 16, 2012

      It’s a great experience. I hope you get to do it soon too!

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