Corcovado Summit

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Cristo Redentor, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cristo Redentor, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

You have probably seen many images of Cristo Redentor. It is a central part of the image of Rio de Janeiro. It sits atop one of the many peaks that surround the city. The mountain is called Corcovado.

Corcovado is a massive granite monolith overlooking Rio de Janeiro. You can drive to the summit, or take a taxi van as we did. There is almost no parking on the narrow peak, so you when your car works its way through the line to the turn around, you are dropped off to take the last stairs to the top.

There are a few souvenir vendors and a fantastic view. We were there on a sunny day, so the site was crowded. The Cristo Redentor statue is very impressive, but when you stand next to it, it doesn’t seem quite as big as I expected it to.

There are stairs and terraces on several sides. Each provides a different view of the statue and of the city below. This photo is a perspective that I had not seen before.

Photo: 1/500 s at f/4

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