When you arrive at the cable car you can head on in and purchase some drinks and a snack (if you choose) and purchase your ticket. You take the stairs up one floor to wait for your cable car. While waiting, enjoy the band playing traditional instruments. (Tips are optional). We only waited 3-5 minutes. The cable car costed just $10 per person round trip. Our cab driver was our “guide” and therefore was given free admission. Once the car arrives everyone packs in and you head up the mountain. We had about 10 people in our car . We had plenty of room, however I did see another car that seemed packed to the walls. Try your best to get to the front of the car as there is an open window with a great breeze and view.
The ride up and down the mountain is beautiful. Great 365 degree views. You can see the city below, the ocean, and a lot of lush green forest. The ride itself was very smooth! I do tend to be afraid of heights. However, the way up was not so bad as long as I held on.
Great picture opportunities. Note that there will be men in blue shirts offering to take your photos. Once they are done, they may lead you over to their store to buy souvenirs. I will say, they took some awesome photos of us with our camera and camera on the phone of our group in front of the large statue of “Christ the Redeemer”. I tipped him. It’s optional. I didn’t find anything in his store to purchase, so we each gave him a dollar for his photos.
In 1970 in the mountain “Isabel de Torres”, at the top of the fortress, “El Cristo Redentor”, a Christ the Redeemer statue, was inducted with a vision of a greater tourist attraction. In June 1971 construction began on the highway from El Cupey to the base of the mountain, so as to facilitate the easy transportation of machines and equipment required for the construction of the “Teleférico”, cable car.
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