CHRISTO REDENTOR

Here is some super-tourism: the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. It is on top of Corcovado mountain, this huge figure with arms outstretched, looking over the entire Rio valley with a quiet benevolent gaze.

It is breathtaking.  

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View towards 'centro'. The bridge in the background goes to Niteroi.  

View towards 'centro'. The bridge in the background goes to Niteroi.  

This view is towards De Freitas Lagoon and Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. 

This view is towards De Freitas Lagoon and Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. 

We got there early, it opens at 8 am. The peak soon becomes a mess of people jumbling over each other, selfie sticks everywhere and tour guides trying to keep their flocks in order and within earshot. The thing to do of course is to take a picture with arms outstretched in front of the statue! 

We got there early, it opens at 8 am. The peak soon becomes a mess of people jumbling over each other, selfie sticks everywhere and tour guides trying to keep their flocks in order and within earshot. The thing to do of course is to take a picture with arms outstretched in front of the statue! 

And we did it too. 

And we did it too. 

Absolutely. 

Absolutely.