Christ the Redeemer~

Today we go to Brazil! Not for the FIFA World Cup though….

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Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio: credit:

This landmark is typically what symbolises the whole Brazil in brisk words. Christ the Redeemer! The statue can be said to be the momentous symbol of Rio and Brazil, welcoming all visitors with open arms.

The 98 feet ( 30 metres ) tall ( not counting the 26 feet pedestal) Christ statue, with arms wide spread across measuring 92 feet ( 28 metres ) is one of the world’s top landmarks. He is about 635 tonnes in weight, made from reinforced concrete and soapstone. Christ the Redeemer stands atop 2,300 feet ( 700 metres )  Corcovado Mountain  at Tijuca National Forest, overlooking Rio from its lofty position ( softschools, 2016)

Christ the Redeemer is designed by local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and sculpted by Frenchman Paul Lawdowski ( world.new7wonders, 2016). Construction of one of mankind’s most prodigious work began in 1922 and was completed in 1931. The cost for the colossal statue was approximately US $250,000 and opened to public on October 12, 1931 ( britannica, 2016). ,The full story of the statue’s creation can be recalled here.

In 2003, escalators, walkways and stairs were built around the statue. This made the public able to access the surroundings at the statue ( britannica, 2016).

In 2008, the statue was struck by lightning during a destructive thunderstorm when the fingers, head and eyebrow were damaged. Restoration efforts were put in place by the Rio de Janeiro state government to replace some of the outer soapstone layers and fix lightning rods installed on the statue ( britannica, 2016).

One of the world’s best tourist attraction spots is a definite go destination for adventurous travellers! Feel Rio’s warmth first hand with Christ the Redeemer!

  • Seven Wonders of the World ( britannica, 2016)

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Perito Moreno Glacier~

Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, Patagonia
Perito Moreno Glacier : credit:

This is a most spectacular glacier in the world. It is located in the Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. The place is about 80 kilometres off El Calafate, an hour  half journey by bus ( patagonia, 2016).

The ice formation which measures 250 square kilometres, 30 kilometres in length, is Argentina’s most famous glacier. It is one of the 48 glaciers in the Patagonia Ice Field, even amazing is the fact that it is the world’s 3rd largest fresh water reserve ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

It is named after famous explorer Francisco Moreno, who studied the region in the 19th century and helped to defend Argentina on the international border dispute with Chile ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

The most wonderful sight at the glacier is when it ruptures.  Pressures from the weight of the ice slowly pushes the glacier over the southern tip of Lake Argentina, damming the section and separating it from the rest of the lake. With no outlet, the water-level on the dammed side of the lake can rise by as much as 30 meters above the level of the main body of Lake Argentina. This eventually causes rupture and the huge block of ice tumbles down on the lake. It ruptures averagely every 4,5 years. The last rupture occured on March,2012 ( efe, 2016).

There are two trekking options available for fervent visitors. The ‘mini trekking’ which is a short hour and a half walk, and ‘big ice’ which is five hours ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

Below is a beautiful rupture info video. Enjoy!