There is something about seeing Christ the Redeemer, arms stretched over Rio that will inspire even the most cynical heart. We chose to visit Corcovado as part of a city tour and I do feel it was the best option for us. We had a guide and all of the tickets and transport was taken care of. In fact our guide was so ridiculously hilarious that he made the trip. (For example pointing out to the German members of our tour while we were driving by that the Anne Frank School and the German Embassy were right next to each other and wasn’t that ironic). To hear the story that Corcovado, previously home to coffee farmers had to be expropriated because the entire mountain was eroding and mud-sliding in to the city below gives one pause. Because it is beautifully verdant and planted with foliage now, but also because you are fairly sure those farmers were shit out of luck. You must take the park transport to the top and then you have time to wander around at the various platforms and view from different angles. You want a clear day because you are literally in the clouds on an overcast one.
rio de janeiro, state of rio de janeiro, brazil
Puntarenas, Costa Rica