1. Christ the Redeemer
Open arms and placid expressions, Christ the Redeemer overlooks the urban sprawl of Rio from a hill top (2300 ft) at Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. The brilliant craftsmanship of Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski, Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, and Romanian artist Gheorghe Leonida makes the 32-meter tall statue of Jesus is the most iconic landmark of Brazil. Regarded as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer is the identity of not just Rio de Janeiro but Brazil as a nation. A good enough reason for anyone to travel to Rio right now. If you haven’t seen Christ the Redeemer, you can’t call yourself well-travelled for sure.