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Stairway to Heaven
While in Rio you must go to Sugarloaf Mountain. It has beautiful views of the entire city. I went on a day that was misty and cloudy and was a little disappointed that I couldn't see the Christ the Redeemer statue from the mountain, but soon the wind started to blow and the clouds started to move and the statue stood among the clouds. It was beautiful, and I ended up being happy it wasn't a crystal clear day.

Elusive Cristo Redentor in Rio
Perched high above on Corcovado Mountain, ‘Cristo Redentor’- the statue of Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye over Rio.

The climb usually takes about 20 minutes in an inclined railway car through Tijuca National park, the largest urban forest in the world.

On the day I got to the top, the statue had disappeared. At 2,300 ft, thick clouds draped Cristo, making him invisible every few minutes. And then slowly as the clouds faded, I saw him.

A picture of concrete and white sandstone it was every thing, every image I'd ever seen of the statue had promised.

It was a quiet morning. There were very few people around us and I walked around the statue to get a 360 degree view of the city below.

But that didn't last for long.

Get there before the tour buses. Set your alarms and make plans for a late breakfast.

Av. João Luiz Alves, 378 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22291-090, Brazil