Cristo Blanco Statue

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El Cristo Blanco Apr 16, 2014
On a hill only a 10-minute walk from Saqsaywaman and overlooking the city of Cusco is the statue known as the "White Christ" or "El Cristo Blanco." The towering statue of Christ greatly resembles the "Christ the Redeemer" statue atop the Corcavado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

However, the impetus for Christo Blanco statue is a far different and interesting story. The Cristo Blanco statue was actually a gift. The statue was erected by a group of Christian Palestinians who were seeking refuge in Cusco in 1945. Cristo Blanco represents a symbol of their gratitude to Cusco for accepting them and the statue was a parting gift when they finally returned to their home country. Cusqueños believe the statue serves as a reminder "that good deeds do not go unnoticed." As kind as I found Peruvians to be on my first trip to Peru, I believe this too!

The statue is lit at night which I understand is an incredible sight and makes for some excellent photos. If you do not have individual transportation, taxis may be the best way to get there at night and are reasonably priced (ask your taxi to wait). We were not able to get very close to this statue due to time restraints so I was only able to take the accompanying photos which admittedly are very poor.

But, as you can see from one of the photos here, the Tranvia de Cusco tram/trolley also goes to Cristo Blanco on a regularly scheduled basis during the day. Read more about the Tranvía de Cusco tram/trolley in my separate tip.
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