All you have to do is type the words “Rio de Janeiro” into a Google image search, and the first many photos will be Cristo Redentor. It makes sense, being that it’s a massive statue of Jesus overlooking a gorgeous bay. There was no way we weren’t going to head up to Corcovado to check it out.
To be completely honest, I’m not sure how we got there exactly. The four of us got in a taxi and got out on a random street corner, where we bought train tickets at a little unsuspecting kiosk. We hopped on for a half-hour ride up the rainforest mountainside, which provided us with some beautiful views… but nothing like what we would get at the top.
At the top of the mountain, we got off the train below the base of the statue and climbed another couple of flights of stairs to get to the base. There was a lower platform with a gift shop at the back of the statue, one more flight of stairs, and then… there he was.
There were also some incredible views from the front of the statue.
It was hard not to feel the presence of Jesus in that place, and not just because of his size. The way he looks over the city with his arms outspread makes it seem as though he is constantly watching and protecting the world. As a Christian, I know that’s the truth, and as silly as it may sound, seeing a representation of Jesus larger than life brought it a little closer to home for me.
As Julie said, “Husband, friends, and Jesus. What else do you need?”