View from Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At 2,310 feet, Rio’s second tallest peak is Corcovado. The mount’s shape makes it easy to see why the Portuguese chose the word meaning hunchback. Its elevation provides spectacular vistas of the city. Shown here is the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean in the background. Encircling the hillside is part of the Tijuca Forest. Floresta da Tijuca is considered to be the world’s largest urban rainforest. At the foot of Christ Redeemer is the start of Paineiras Road. This lovely, 3.1 mile hike offers plenty of wonderful scenery.

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Cristo Redentor, Parque Nacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

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