Christ the Redeemer, whose outstretched armed encompass Rio's panorama (©Visit Brasil)
This immense 38m-high statue Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), weighing 635 tonnes, has arms outstretched to embrace the urban world’s most breathtaking view. Created in 1931, it was for many years the world’s largest Art Deco statue. Located 709m above the sea, at his feet lie bays fringed with white and backed by twinkling skyscrapers and neon street lights, beaches and low grey mountains, and a 10km-long bridge across the expanse of Guanabara Bay. The Trem do Corcovado cog railway and a road connect the city to the mountain from the suburb of Cosme Velho. Both are on the northern side of the Rebouças tunnel, which runs to and from the Lagoa. Train daily 8am-7pm every 30 mins. Adult R$50 (round trip on train and admission); child (6-12) R$25.