5 Failed Picture Attempts with Christ the Redeemer

One of Rio de Janeiro’s most recognizable landmarks is Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor in Portuguese). This massive statue stands on the peak of the Corcovado mountain at 98 feet tall and its horizontally extended arms span 92 feet. Wherever you go in Rio, you will see this glorious statue watching over the city. It attracts 3,000- 4,000 visitors daily, or over a million visitors each year. People from all over the world travel to come and do the most to get a picture with the statue. However, as you can imagine, with such a popular attraction, picture taking is a challenge!

Here are 5 of the 100s of hilarious attempts I made at getting a half-way decent shot with Christ the Redeemer:

When we arrived, we strategized about where to go for the best shot. There was a cluster of people directly in the center a few feet in front of the statue but we decided to go off to the side where it was a little less crowded.

And voila, this magic happened!

Oh, hey forehead!

We quickly realized taking pictures from the side wasn’t working out, so we decided to go to the center.

I promise I didn’t have hairy shoulder pads on.

On the count of three, when I turn around, everyone will be gone… nope, still there…

At this point, all I can do is laugh through the whole experience!

The money maker shot!!! There will always be at least one good picture.

When we were over taking pictures, we walked around the perimeter of the statue to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Rio. 

I strongly recommend visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue as early as possible (it opens at 8am). You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy it with a smaller crowd.

Read my Rio de Janeiro Vacation Guide to learn about the many ways to reach the statue.

Do you have any pointers on taking pictures with popular attractions? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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Jewels Rhode

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