Corcovado is one of the many mountains punctuating Rio de Janeiro, famous in Brazil and worldwide for the 125-foot art deco statue Christ the Redeemer atop its peak, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski. In 2007 it was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. From the monument, visitors overlook the entire city and many of its main tourist attractions. The view is breathtaking. Corcovado is set within Tijuca National Park, the world's largest urban forest, home to verdant tropical vegetation that visitors enjoy on their way to the statue, whether by car or on the Corcovado Train. The train departs from Cosme Velho and is the first electric railway to be built in Brazil. It was opened in 1884 by Emperor Dom Pedro II and for 4 years was used to transport parts for the statue that would be opened to the public in 1931. Visitors using the Corcovado Train help preserve the forest: the train is electric and therefore non-pollutant, and part of the fare revenue goes to the Brazilian Institute for the Environment for forest preservation.
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Sugarloaf Mountain is a monolith of granite over 600 million years old. It is surrounded by remnants of Atlantic Forest with native species now extinct in other parts of Brazil's coastline.
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Antiques enthusiasts can choose between an air-conditioned or open-air street market at the Cassino Antiques Fair, an annex of Softel Hotel, located at station 6 on Copacabana beach.
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