All major hotels organize excursions to the Corcovado. Alternatively, the easiest way to get there by yourself is to take a taxi – about R$40 from the Zona Sul, a little more from Centro. Buses run to the bairro of Cosme Velho – take the #422 or #497 from Largo do Machado, the #583 from Leblon or the #584 from Copacabana – and stop at the Estação Cosme Velho, at Rua Cosme Velho 513. From here you take a cog-train (every 30min 8.30am–6.30pm; R$45 return, which also entitles you to half-price admission at the Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf; w www.corcovado.com.br), a twenty-minute ride to the top, from where there’s an escalator leading to the viewing platform. You can also drive up to a car park near the top if you wish, but if you want to walk, go in a group, as reports of assaults and robberies are frequent. However you choose to get there, keep an eye on the weather before setting out: what ought to be one of Rio’s highlights can turn into a great disappointment if the Corcovado is shrouded in clouds.

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