Cosme Velho
Cosme Velho

Cosme Velho

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Cosmo Velho, Rio de Janeiro

The basics

Cosme Velho, renowned as the entry point to Corcovado Mountain's Christ the Redeemer, is more than a transit hub. Beyond the iconic attraction, you can soak in the neighborhood’s ambiance with shaded plazas, colonial architecture, and the winding Rua Cosme Velho. Many Rio de Janeiro tours that visit the UNESCO-listed statue also include a quick stop in this primarily residential area, during which a guide will fill you in on its famous residents and historic highlights.

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Things to know before you go

  • Bring a light jacket, as temperatures and weather in Rio de Janeiro can vary.

  • Thanks to its colorful, albeit crumbling, architecture, Cosme Velho is perfect for photographers.

  • For an up-close nature experience without the strenuous hike, walk to the nearby Cachoeira Piscininha do Silvestre and enjoy charming waterfalls and lush foliage.

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How to get there

Cosme Velho is centrally located, and can be reached by taking bus 583, 422, or 584 east to the Santuário São Judas Tadeu stop. You can also take a taxi or rideshare. For an immersive experience without the worry of logistics, many tours departing from major hubs in Rio include transportation to Cosme Velho.

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When to get there

To make the most of your Cosme Velho visit, plan your trip during the morning to enjoy the tranquility of Corcovado before the crowds arrive. The weather in Rio de Janeiro is generally pleasant year-round, but visiting during the dry season (May to September) ensures clearer views and comfortable temperatures.

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The view from Two Brothers

If the train trip up to Christ the Redeemer has you wishing you’d hiked to the statue instead, you’re in luck. Not far from Cosme Velho lies Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill), one of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular hikes. This relatively moderate trek offers a physical challenge and an opportunity to witness the city's beauty, with spectacular views of Ipanema, Copacabana, and the Atlantic Ocean. You can take a guided tour to ensure a secure, stress-free adventure.

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