Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: Rock Climbing to Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro is a great place for rock climbing, and one of the more difficult climbs, but definitely most beautiful ones is Corcovado mountain (also referred to as K2), on top of which stands the most famous landmark of Rio de Janeiro: the statue of Christ the Redeemer. When a good friend of mine invited me to do this climb, despite not being a real rock climber, I didn’t think twice and accepted.
The climb starts at 500m above the city. You can hike the whole way to the base, but we took the car to a parking place, from where we took a minivan that goes all the way up, but we got out halfway. After a 15-20min hike through some quite dense jungle, we reached the base and geared up.
Like I said before, I’m not a real rock climber, and this climb is considered to be the hardest /> . There were stunning views of the city during the entire climb, and this is one of the things that make this such a great experience… From the top you also have one of the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro.
This is one thing definitely worth doing, and I’m looking forward of doing it again in the future, but first I need to get some more rock climbing training/ experience, and oh, needless to say that you cannot be afraid of hights :)
Hope you enjoyed the read and the pictures… Any comments welcome.
The author is founder of Mirantes Mototravel Brasil, a tour operator of adventurous motorcycle tours in the South-East, North-East and South regions of Brazil. We offer some of the best riding to be found in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet...