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Accessibility of Cristo Redentor – Rio di Janeiro


Cristo Redentor – Christ the Redeemer.

Place of worship and Christianity.

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


Everybody has at least seen one picture of this masterpiece. In October 2015 I had the awesome possibility to spend some days in Rio di Janeiro, the City of God. Feeling the hot sun on my skin was exactly what I needed during the cold autumn months in Europe. So, once in Rio, I absolutely had to check out the wheelchair accessibility of this magical spot.


Cristo Redentor

Cristo Redentor


Cristo Redentor – The Basics

Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, is an Art Deco statue on top of Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca National Park in Rio di Janeiro. With its 28 m wide spread out arms it peacefully watches over the city. The 30 m high statue of Christ stands on an about 8 m high pedestal which hides a small chapel inside. Christ the Redeemer is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World since 2007. The statue was planned as a memorial of the 100th anniversary of Brazilian Independence by a team of four great men: Brazilian Engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, the French-Polish sculptor Paul Landowski, French Engineer Albert Caquot (for the intern structure) and the Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida, who fashioned the statue’s head and face. The construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1931. At that time Cristo Redentor was the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world.



The site is partially wheelchair accessible since 2003. The base level itself is fully accessible. From there you have to take a panoramic elevator that takes you to the upper level. The upper level features a café as well as a souvenir shop. Now we get to a point where the accessibility is not perfect. You have to take escalators up to the statue. That’s a solvable problem if you use a manual wheelchair, but it might be tough and risky if not impossible for people in a power chair. My boyfriend helped to get me up the escalators and the staff offered to help, too. Finally arrived at the Cristo Redentor! You can stay as long as you want and enjoy the 360° view!


The view of Rio and its surroundings is just beautiful.



How to get there

There are several possibilities to get to Cristo Redentor, but I’ll stick to the most wheelchair accessible ways.


  • Official Vans Cristo Redentor on Copacabana

    Official Vans Cristo Redentor on Copacabana

    Official Transportation: A comfortable way of getting to Christ the Redeemer is to use the official vans of Tijuca National Park. The vans take you all the way up to Paneiras, the entrance platform, in about 1 hour. There are wheelchair accessible vans available, but calculate some waiting time in order to use one of them. Boarding spots are at Praça do Lida in Copacabana and at Largo do Machado Metro Station. Prices vary between R$ 27 (EUR/USD 8) in low season and R$ 40 (EUR/USD 12) in high season. The ticket price includes the transport round trip as well as admission to the statue. It seems like there’s no reduced fare for people with disabilities, at least there was none back in 2015. I recommend the official vans as it is the easiest and less expensive way of getting to Paneiras. You can purchase tickets at the boarding spot or online.


  • Corcovado Railway: Another means of transport is the old and famous Corcovado tram. The tram is fully wheelchair accessible and you can remain seated in your wheelchair. Prices vary between R$ 74 (EUR/USD 23) in high and R$ 61 (EUR/USD 18) in low season. A ticket includes the round trip as well as admission to the statue. Since August 2016 you have to buy tickets online. A negative thing is that you’ll have to find a way to get to the station. I didn’t test the tram myself and can therefore not say more about it.


Disability SignMY TRAVEL TIP: Come early in the morning, take a large bottle of water and sun protection with you! The Corcovado usually gets very crowded the later it gets. Do not underestimate the Brazilian sun in combination with the height of more than 700 m above sea level! I did, got sunburned and felt dizzy…!


Some more impressions

Strolling along the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in a wheelchair is very easy. The boardwalks are fully wheelchair accessible and you find many nice cafés. Why not try and have some fresh coconut water or a bowl of frozen Açai, an especially delicious Brazilian specialty. On our way we even saw an open-air gym with accessible sports equipment!



Have you already been to Rio or to another destination in Brazil? How did you like it and what did you enjoy best? Please leave a comment below or get in touch by mail to discuss.


TOKYO Skytree Skyline

Visiting TOKYO SKYTREE in a wheelchair

TOKYO Skytree – The Basics

TOKYO Skytree is a broadcasting tower in Sumida, Tokyo. It is one of Tokyo’s most popular landmarks. TOKYO Skytree (634 m) is the world’s highest broadcasting tower and also the second tallest building on earth after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The Skytree was finished in 2012 and is located near the traditional borough of Asakusa. The two observation decks offer a unique view of Tokyo and on very clear days you can see Mount Fuji. There is also a large shopping mall, called TOKYO Solamachi, with great food courts, a Planetarium and an Aquarium.

The TOKYO Skytree itself and its surroundings are perfectly wheelchair accessible with many accessible restrooms and elevators.



How to get there

Oshiage Station and Tokyo Skytree Station serve the TOKYO Skytree and the TOKYO Solamachi shopping complex.

  • Oshiage Station is served by Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Narita Sky Access Line
  • Tokyo Skytree Station is served by Tobu Skytree Line


My TRAVEL TIP for you:

From Asakusa Station you can either walk/roll to the Tokyo Skytree (1.4 km/20 min.) or you change for the Tobu Skytree Line which will take you directly to the TOKYO Skytree Station within some minutes.


The entrance to Tokyo Skytree is on level 4F.


Entry Fees for Persons with Disabilities

Disability SignTokyo Skytree offers reduced entry fees for disability card holders (card must be written in English or Japanese).

I paid 1.540 Yen (about 12 EUR/13 USD) to access both, the Tembo Deck (350 m) and the Tembo Galleria Deck (450 m) which is a great deal. The regular price for an adult for both decks is 3.090 Yen (25 EUR/26 USD). Here you can save 50 %!

The following link provides you with detailed pricing information:

Scroll down to the end of the page to see the ticket fees for disabled people. There’s no need to book your tickets in advance as disabled visitors can skip all waiting lines.


My TRAVEL TIP for you:

If you should encounter problems when asking for the reduced entry fee at the ticket counter, ask for the ticket sales manager! When I wanted to buy my ticket, the sales agent had no clue that there is a special rate for disabled visitors, although the special rate was displayed on the price chart right behind the sales desk.


The Tembo Deck (350 m)

View of Tokyo from Tembo DeckAfter buying the tickets, a guide will lead you to the elevator waiting area and you can skip the crowds. The TEMBO shuttle, Japan’s fastest elevator, takes you up to the 3-level Tembo Deck within 50 seconds. From the Tembo Deck upper floor (F350) you have a very nice all-round view of Tokyo. On the middle floor (F345) you find the SKYTREE Shop and the Sky Restaurant 634. The glass floor on the lowest level (F340) might give you some extra-thrills. It also accommodates the SKYTREE Café.

Of course you can also find wheelchair accessible restrooms on all three floors.

The Tembo Deck can get very crowded, so make sure to come either early in the day or at least 1.5 hours before sunset.

If you want an even more spectacular view with less people, I can highly recommend going up to the Tembo Galleria Deck on 450 m. You can buy your tickets at the counter on F350.


The Tembo Galleria Deck (450 m)

When the elevator opens on floor 445 and you take a first glimpse of the view you’ll surely say “WOW!”. Spectacular. Amazing. The glass structure gives you the impression to walk out in the sky. The sloped circuit leads you up to the highest point of 451.2 m (Sorakara Point) and finally back to the TEMBO shuttle which will bring you back down to F345.



There is also a wheelchair accessible toilet, maybe the highest accessible toilet in the world!

We went up to the Tembo Galleria to watch the sunset. It was amazing to see the contours of Mount Fuji as the sun was going down! While I was watching the sky turning red, I was in total inner peace with myself and I forgot everything else around me.

Personally I think that paying the extra fee for Tembo Galleria Deck is totally worth its price! You can stay as long as you wish to and enjoy the beautiful bird’s-eye-perspective of Tokyo.

After our visit, we went to the TOKYO Solamachi food court and had a very good dinner.



I visited the TOKYO Skytree in October 2016 with my mobility scooter and spent a nice day there. TOKYO Skytree is one of the most impressive sights of Tokyo and definitely a Must See. The wheelchair accessibility is just ideal!


What do you think of TOKYO Skytree? How do you like the view? Would you like to visit it?

Leave a comment below or send a message to get in touch.

Happy New Year

New Year – New wheelchair adventures

Happy New Year 2017 my friends!


Today is the first day of another new year full of fresh opportunities! I’m always curious what a new year might bring along. For now I’ve planned a very nice wheelchair accessible trip with my brother in March. The destination is a surprise and I cannot reveal it yet. But I think you’ll like it as much as I do! Many new wheelchair accessible spots will be discovered soon!


THANK YOU to all my lovely readers for your support through your messages and your comments and for following me on my journey!

Have a wonderful year 2017 with much love, health and joy!


A new year is like a blank book and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.