First things first, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is NOT on Sugar Loaf Mountain. Instead, it is on Corcovado Mountain. In fact, Sugar Loaf in Rio is not called a mountain, but a hill. By the way, Corcovado is almost twice as high as Sugar Loaf.
Christ the Redeemer statue construction started in 1926. A few years earlier, Sugar Loaf was considered as the summit on where to erect the statue. Other hills and mountains in Rio were also considered, but eventually the top of Corcovado Mountain was chosen as the location.
Corcovado Mountain is at 710 meters (2,328 feet) above sea level, and it is only a few minutes drive (without traffic) from Ipanema Beach, which is the trendiest beach and district in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, from some hotel rooftops in Ipanema you can see most of the Corcovado Mountain as well as the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of it.
Sugar Loaf is a hill located right at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, the largest bay in Rio de Janeiro. On top of Sugar Loaf there is no statue, but the lack of a statue should not be a reason to miss this attraction. The vistas are breath-taking. Actually, many visitors prefer the views from Sugar Loaf than the views from the top of Corcovado Mountain (which, by the way, are also stunning).
The bottom line is, do visit both Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain as well as Sugar Loaf. Do you want to avoid standing in line, beat the crowd of tourists and visit Christ the Redeemer without hassles? Read all the tips and secrets in Christ the Redeemer Statue – A Comprehensive Guidebook to Visiting the Rio de Janeiro Landmark atop Corcovado Mountain.
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