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It's an epic landmark to visit, so of course you must go when visiting Rio for the first time. BUT...the crowds, OMG! I first visited the site in 2009 and it was pretty crowded but enjoyable. Now, going there 10 years later it was completely different experience. There is a whole system to get up to the point by shuttle bus (pay) get a ticket (pay) wade through the long line as if you're at Six Flags newest ride, then take another shuttle van from the ticket building to the actual point. Inch your way through the crowd (pay with your sanity), but good luck trying to take a photo or even walk in to look up because everyone else is blocking the way while they take their photos. If you're claustrophobic you will not survive. The view is amazing, the experience is exhausting. Best advice is to go as early as possible, right when they open or try to visit off peak season or days. Since the Olympics and World Cup it seems many more people are visiting Rio. Plan accordingly.
The elevators and escalators did not work so I had to climb 229 steps to reach the monument - I took short breaks to catch my breath especially with my ortho arthritic knee. The monument is worth the climb. Go visit the hidden chapel around the monument and say a quiet paper. Very calming effect. The view is spectacular - glad I made the climb now I want to climb higher. Made
Do this, but take a tour group. The viewing platforms are tiny and always crowded, no longer easy to just go by yourself. The train is really fun, but check it out first...very popular and long lines both ways.
There's not always visibility . Not always a blue sky. (Booking in advance on the net. Then arriving on the day and seeing a sign on the ticket window saying it's cloudy, no visibility. Even when they print ur ticket it says no visibility). But smile & enjoy anyway! The clouds come and go. Hopefully u will see the Christ briefly like I did. And ur photos will be unique
They have managed to make sure you get screwed on the transportation so it may be best to take a tour bus. I used Uber and it was a reasonable price from Copacabana. However, I had to pay R$22 for the car to park and wait for us to come back.
Crowded daily, and its better to get there using the trolley which starts in the Rio neighborhood of Covina. Catch at the bottom and it take you almost to the Cristo. You have to switch before getting to the top and pay the visitors fee.