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This is the classic view from Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado towards Botafogo and Urca. Sugarloaf Mountain is clearly visible to the right.

There are three ways to get up there. Train, shuttle bus and by foot through the forest. As a budget traveller, I chose the latter. I heard it was a very popular place for muggings, so I placed my memory card and money in my socks. The camera and a bottle of water were all I had in my bag. At the starting point of the trail, I had to register and read a sign warning about the risks. There was also a French couple arriving a bit before me, so I ran through the first part of the climb to keep up with them, at the same time keeping all my senses on alert. There were also several groups coming down, so that was assuring to see.

We eventually made it to the top and were blessed with this classic view. It's a crowded place, but after all, it's one of the new wonders of the world. On the way back, I was alone on the path. So I ran as fast as I could through the forest and back to the guards in the other end. Felt somewhat adventurous, but I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have a good insurance. It's a little bit of a gamble. So if you want to bring valuables, it may be smart to choose one of the other options.

Rio de Janeiro is a big city. The second biggest in Brazil when it comes to population, but it's also big in area. I found it a bit annoying that all sights were so far from each other. But it's very unusual for cities this big to be located in the middle of such amazing nature. Nature was what really impressed me.

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