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Bike tour of Rio de Janeiro
Explore Rio on a guided cycle tour, pedalling inland from the glorious beaches within sight of Sugar Loaf mountain, or venturing inland to discover an effervescent urban scene.
You might not imagine it's easy to get around sprawling, dynamic Rio by bike, but the city is becoming increasingly two-wheel friendly with the introduction of cycle lanes. We offer you the choice of two innovative guided rides, one exploring the neighbourhoods behind the iconic beaches, the other taking you further into the urban hinterland.
The first, relaxed ride passes beyond Copacabana and the Sugar-loaf mountain through some of Rio’s more affluent neighbourhoods, with stately apartments and trimmed palm-shaded parkland. Pedal along the shores of Botafogo Bay, with its prestigious yacht club and on to Lagoa, a beautiful wildlife-studded lagoon overlooked by Rio’s towering mountains.
The second, rather more adventurous tour, will appeal to anyone who already enjoys cycling in an urban environment. You get to see some of the compelling sights around the colonial city centre including the ornate national theatre. You’ll cycle past the gaily painted Portuguese houses of Rio's liveliest nightspot zone and the Selaron steps, decorated with dazzling tiles from 200 countries. All this is close to the striking arches of the historic aqueduct and the upturned flower-pot of the brutalist Cathedral.
Activity Rating: easy
Rio de Janeiro
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Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant
It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.