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Popular Hike to Rio's Christ the Redeemer Closed Following Robberies

A popular hiking trail to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro has been closed following a spate of robberies.

In just 10 days, 58 people have become victims of the crime on the 2.5-mile path from Parque Lage to Corcovado. So far in 2017, a total of more than 150 hikers have been robbed on the trail, reportedly by men holding knives. One Polish tourist was stabbed earlier this month.

Brazilian officials say the Corcovado route will remain closed until the police presence in the area can be beefed up.


In the meantime, there are other, more challenging hikes to Christ the Redeemer through the Tijuca Forest. Or you could always take a train or taxi.