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Cristo Redentor (Rio de Janeiro). 'The open-armed savior has stood atop his lofty perch (710m-high Corcovado), gazing peacefully over Rio, since 1931. The statue is a remarkable work of artistry, but most people come for the mesmerizing panorama and combination of tropical rainforest, beaches, islands, ocean, bay and verdant peaks which surround this unlikely metropolis.' www.lonelyplanet....
Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 2014 World Cup—but don't get stuck in a stadium your entire trip. Make time for a life-changing hike up Corcovado Mountain to visit Christ the Redeemer.