If you don’t fancy paying over R$50 for the train or having the boring journey up the mountain by car then you should definitely consider hiking up to the Corcovado.
ADN Rio did the hike on a sunny Sunday starting literally from the bottom at Parque Lage working our way up to the redeemer. It is hard work but totally worth every breath.
As you enter the trail you sign your name so someone will always be able to find you(!) and are given a simple paper map to ensure you don’t get too lost. The trail itself is quite easy to follow, passing three small waterfalls and plenty of jungle. We saw mushrooms and monkeys along the way too!
There is one part where you have to climb hand and foot because it is so steep, there are some chains in the rock but they are a bit rusty so better to use branches and your own hands when pulling yourself up.
Towards the end you cross over the train track so you can wave to all the comfortable and clean passengers shooting past up to the peak! Then the final leg is on a road so nice and easy before you reach the Christ itself.
Once you arrive if you have done no pre-booking then you pay R$32 which includes entrance to the Christ and a mini-bus ride half way down the mountain but after this point your on your own and will have to buy more tickets for a ride right down to the bottom.
We caught some stunning views as the day turned to night over Rio de Janeiro City.