Corcovado mountain...

Corcovado mountain. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Corcovado mountain at dusk - ©Ricardo De Mattos/Istockphoto

It is an impossible task to choose which one of all Rio de Janeiro attractions comes first.

Is it Corcovado mountain with the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer sitting on top or world famous Copacabana beach?

Or is it Ipanema beach, the one that inspired Vinicius de Moraes (a.k.a. O Poetinha - "the little poet") to write his famous song Garota de Ipanema?

By the way, also Corcovado has its own dedicated song, known in English as "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars", written by on of the greatest brazilian musicians and composers and founding father of bossa nova style Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Besides, he was a true Carioca - born in Rio de Janeiro - as much as Vinicius de Moraes himself so they both knew a thing or two about it, wouldn't you say?

So which attraction comes first in your opinion?
If you've already been at the cidade maravilhosa let us know what do you think.

To some, Pćo de Aēścar (sugarloaf mountain) is the most emblematic of them all - and provably is - definitely an integral part of every postcard of Guanabara bay and the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro I've seen so far.

And then we shan't forget about the biggest Rio de Janeiro attraction of all, which is the Cariocas themselves.
Have you ever seen a happier bunch than that? Hardly think so if you ask me, and I've been around South America for quite a while. Not to mention if you get there by carnival time. It will blow your head off.

Corcovado mountain is a solid piece of rock, a 710-meters (2,329 feet) granite dome considered to be the highest such formation in Brazil (ideal for climbers if that's your cup of tea) and part of Floresta da Tijuca (Tijuca Forest), world's largest urban forest.

Christ the Redeemer statue. Rio de Janeiro
Christ The Redeemer - © Christian Knepper / Embratur

However, do not worry, there are other, more relaxed ways to get to the top, such as driving or taking the Corcovado Rack Railway that will place you there in about twenty minutes.

You've got to be patient though, it's usually a good crowd dying for a visit at the same time, but choose a sunny day and you'll be rewarded a million times even if you have to wait for a few hours to reach it.

What makes Corcovado mountain so famous and widely visited it's not only the panoramic view of Rio you get from there, but the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) that coronates its peak.

Inaugurated in 1931, this massive statue almost 40 mt (130ft) tall and 30 meters (98 ft) wide was erected as a symbol of Christianity, later to become an icon of Rio and Brazil as a whole.

In 2007, it was elected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, a distinction shared in South America with Machu Picchu, the last city of the Incas.

For a better perspective of what is like to be there, let's watch this short video of a 360 degrees helicopter flight around Corcovado mountain and Christ the Redeemer.

So, there you go, write it down on your list of Brazil tourist attractions to be included when you make it to the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro...

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