Locals and tourists trying to get to Christ the Redeemer in Rio’s South Zone, on the morning of Thursday, the second day of the year, faced a long line in the sun to wait for vans. The train of the Corcovado which accesses the monument, discontinued the sale of tickets at about 13h20. Earlier, the visitors were told that tickets were still available for the 8pm train but until the passes for the night ended up running out.
According to the director of the company Corcovado Train, the guidance given to tourists is that the purchase is made online and one day in advance.
For those who didnt’t give up the mission to see the Christ the Redeemer even with the intense heat, taxis and vans were the solution for transportation.
The city of Rio tries again to find a way out of the chaos that forms at the foot of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in days of great movement of tourists. After trying out the ticket sales with scheduled times and through the internet, linked to a more planned transportation, the Corcovado, mandatory tourist spot for those visiting Rio had a weekend of long lines and overcrowded space.
For the municipality, part of the problem is due to a law that kept the ticket sales at the box office. A decree from the Mayor Eduardo Paes had established exclusive sale through the internet, with established schedules, which would reduce overcrowding.
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At the Sugar Loaf, the lines were also very long. The average wait time to board the cable car were 90 minutes.