Beaches, Views & Bays Bike Tour

Private Tour

Spin your wheels and come cycle through the ‘cycles’ of Rio! Hop on a bike and learn how Rio has developed over the years, and how its downtown and surrounding bairros have changed with the times. Breathe in the sea air of Guanabara Bay, check out Flamengo Park, snap a shot of Sugarloaf Mountain, and find out how the city shifted from its first settlements through to today on this Rio bike tour!

Biking Tour of Rio Highlights

  • Get a blast of sunshine and sea air as you explore the changing districts of Rio de Janeiro
  • Discover how the city of Rio developed, from downtown all the way to Copacabana
  • See some of the city’s most spectacular natural sites, like Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay
  • Learn about Rio’s 2016 Olympics projects, such as the Museum of Tomorrow and the amazing Kobra mural
  • Ride through the beautiful Burle Marx gardens of Flamengo Park

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide and bike and helmet rental.

Exclusions: Food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: From 4 to 4.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Dorival Caymmi statue on the Copacabana beach sidewalk, near the Fort and across from Sofitel Hotel. (Hotel address: Av. Atlântica, 4240 – Copacabana.)
  • Starting time: 9.00 AM
  • Ending point: Dorival Caymmi statue, Copacabana.
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  • Relive the cycles of Rio’s development on this bike journey through the city! (And get some exercise in, too — this bike ride will burn some 2,500 calories, so have a proper breakfast before you come!)

    Meet your local guide in Copacabana for a fantastic bike tour along the beach and the bays, all the way downtown and back — and as you ride, you’ll come to understand how the city expanded from its first settlements to the Rio of today.

    We start our Rio bike tour with a trip around Copacabana, home to one of the most famous beaches in the world, and on to the neighbourhood of Botafogo. This district has a few noteworthy sites, but it’s perhaps best known as the spot where you can capture that perfectly framed photo of Sugarloaf Mountain. It’s a stunning view of this unique mountain rising right up from the bay, and one of the most iconic images of Brazil.

    Moving on, you ride up along the coast of Flamengo Beach and Park. A jewel created by Burle Marx, a master of landscape design, this area is pure joy and is always filled with locals just hanging out. The bike lane zigzags under the trees here, allowing you to enjoy views of both the city and the bay as we ride.

    This route then leads us straight downtown and right past the Museum of Modern Art (or MAM, as locals call it) and across Cinelandia Square. In the early 20th century, the square became home for much of Rio’s political and cultural life, and many of the buildings symbolised the city’s modernisation. From there, we ride along Avenida Rio Branco, once the busiest street in Rio, and which was recently redesigned for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    We head from the downtown area through Praça XV Square, to reach a new path surrounding the neighbourhood, eventually reaching the Museum of Tomorrow at Praça Mauá Square. This is another great spot for snapping a few photos, with the huge Niteroi Bridge showcased in the background.

    From there, we ride along Olympic Boulevard, where you see the stunning work by artist Eduardo Kobra. His work here is an extremely colourful graffiti mural, some 2,600 square metres in size and representing the people of each continent.

    Finally, we cycle back to where we started at Copacabana, finishing our historic ride through Rio’s past, present, and future.

    But wait! There’s more if you want it! If your legs aren’t too tired, then join us for our afternoon bike tour, which goes to the other side of Rio, including Ipanema beach, the Lagoon, and the Botanical Garden area.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide and bike and helmet rental.

    Exclusions: Food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for biking, and bring water and sunscreen. We provide you with a helmet.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +55 21 9 8372 1107
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Ms. LYNNETTE Y. from USA travelled on 12 Apr 2018:

    I did just the half day morning tour and recommend that anyone who has just arrived to Rio – take this tour! It was a great pre-cursor for things that I had scheduled for other tours and gave me a chance to find out about places that I might venture to on my own time, like the Museum of Tomorrow which was very interesting. I am very fit but don’t typically cycle and it was just enough, though I didn’t realized we got in so many miles! Loved that we stopped for coconut water and were encouraged to take as many stops as we wanted for pictures. Ivan is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!