Paineiras Road (Estrada das Paineiras)
Paineiras Road (Estrada das Paineiras)

Paineiras Road (Estrada das Paineiras)

Estrada das Paineiras, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, 25730-411

The basics

Travelers can make the ascent to Christ the Redeemer independently or on a tour. Regardless of how you reach the summit, take time to marvel at the rich biodiversity of Tijuca National Park, the world's largest urban rainforest along the way. If time allows, check out the natural showers along the route fed by pure mountain water and numerous viewpoints that unveil outstanding vistas of Rio de Janeiro's South Zone, encompassing the scenic Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, renowned beaches, and the distinctive Cagarras Islands Natural Monument. For convenience and comfort during your Paineiras Road journey, consider taking an organized tour to Christ the Redeemer that includes round-trip transportation.

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Things to know before you go

  • Rio's climate can vary; pack layers for changing weather and stay updated on forecasts.

  • Bring sunscreen and sunglasses, especially if you plan on spending extended hours exploring.

  • The ascent to Christ the Redeemer can be tiring; be sure to bring ample water to stay hydrated.

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How to get there

Paineiras Road is easily accessible by car, offering a picturesque drive through the lush Tijuca National Park. If you prefer public transportation, take a bus heading to the Cosme Velho and Santa Tereza neighborhoods to the Almirante Alexandrino bus stop. From there, Paineiras Road can only be accessed by foot, bike, or private vehicle. For a hassle-free experience, many guided tours include transportation, ensuring you take advantage of every moment of the spectacular journey.

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When to get there

Paineiras Road is open to the public seven days a week, from morning to early evening. Plan your visit in the morning when the road first opens or on a weekday to savor the best views with fewer crowds. Rio's mild climate makes any time of the year suitable, but consider avoiding peak tourist season (December to March) for a more serene experience.

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Stray from the path in Rio de Janeiro

While Paineiras Road is a gateway to the Christ statue, consider exploring nearby hiking trails in Tijuca National Park. Encounter hidden waterfalls, diverse wildlife, and lesser-known viewpoints for a more intimate connection with Rio's natural wonders. You can traverse the park independently or on a guided tour. Many organized excursions include round-trip transportation from your hotel and commentary for a more enriching sightseeing adventure.

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