How to take the train to see Corcovado (“The Christ”) in Rio De Janeiro the same way “The Pope” did!

You have to visit “Christ the Redeemer” when in Rio.  It is one of the most remembered pictures in the world.  Getting there is quite easy.  You do not need to buy a tour.  Just get in a taxi and say “Trem do Corcovado”.  Of course, if you do not speak Portuguese or Spanish, this is easier said than done.  If you are not comfortable saying “Trem do Corcovado”, then just write in on a piece of paper and show it to a taxi driver, and you will be at the train station in 20 minutes or less (assuming you are not in the afternoon rush hour).  It is easy to get to the train station from Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, or Centro (downtown).

Christ The Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro was completed in 1931.  It is the largest Art Deco statue in the world.
Christ The Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro was completed in 1931. It is the largest Art Deco statue in the world.

The ride up and down to Corcovado takes about 20 minutes in each direction, but when you are at the top, you can easily spend a hour there or more overlooking the beautiful city of Rio.  The map below shows the train (“trem in Portuguese) up and down, the train station, and Corcovado.

Getting To Corcovado

I (“The Pope”) have been up to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue several times.  In July and August (winter in South America).  I have been to Corcovado in both Feb and May also, and the weather is quite nice both times.

Getting a ticket, and getting on the train sometimes requires a wait. I have gotten on quickly, and another time I think it took about 45 minutes before actually getting on the trem (“train” in English).

There are actually two trains that run in a synchronized way.  One train goes up, and the other comes down.  Both trains meet and stop at mid-point to make sure that they will not run into each other.  Below are some pictures of the trem ride going up and down to Corcovado.

Passengers boarding the train to go up to Corcovado.
Passengers boarding the train to go up to Corcovado.
On the way up to Corcovado.  Notice the cogs in the center of the track.  The ride is so steep that the train uses gears to pull it up to the top train station.
On the way up to Corcovado. Notice the cogs in the center of the track. The ride is so steep that the train uses gears to pull it up to the top train station.
Meeting the down train.  Cogs in the track are used on the way down to keep the train from going too fast.
Meeting the down train. Cogs in the track are used on the way down to keep the train from going too fast.  Here we are at a train station at the half way point.  Locals that live on the side of the mountain use the train also.
The train drivers have a key system that they use to synchronize both the up and down train to make sure they do not run into each other.
Train drivers have a key system that they use to synchronize both the up and down train to make sure they do not run into each other.

Once you get to the top, there is a little walk up to the top.  The train station is on the back side of the statue.  At the top you can see views all over Rio.  Below are some views of the City of Rio de Janeiro.

From the train station you have to walk up to Christ the Redeemer statue
From the train station you have to walk up to Christ the Redeemer statue
Placa de Azucar (Sugarloaf) can be seen 4 or 5 kilometers away.
Placa de Azucar (Sugarloaf) can be seen 4 or 5 kilometers away.
Corcovado overlooks the Lagoa, and Ipanema can be seen in the distance.
Corcovado overlooks the Lagoa, and Ipanema can be seen in the distance.
Centro (downtown Rio) and the Punte (bride) to Niterori can be seen beautiful Guanabara Bay (Rio's harbor)
Centro (downtown Rio) and the Punte (bride) to Niterori can be seen beautiful Guanabara Bay (Rio’s harbor)

While walking around the top and overlooking the city, you might even get one of Rio’s pretty ladies to let you take a picture of her (see below).

One of the beautiful ladies seen at the area overlooking the City of Rio de Janeiro.
One of the beautiful women seen at the area overlooking the City of Rio de Janeiroat Corcovado

On the way down from the statue is a small restaurant when you can just sit and have a drink, watch people, look at the city, or each lunch.  Below is a picture of “The Pope” after visiting “The Christ” statue sem Capairinha.

Notice, "The Pope" was not drink a Caipairinha.  Here is drink a Guarana.
Notice, “The Pope” was not drinking a Caipirinha. Here he is drinking a Guarana.

My photo gallery of “The Pope” visiting “The Christ” statue in Rio de Janeiro: http://www.memorypoint.net/popeblog/gallery/cocovado-the-christ-overlooking-rio-rio-de-janeiero-rj-brazil/