What better place to start your tour of Rio than across from the iconic Copacabana beach? Join us, and in roughly four hours you will get to experience the city as a local and see more than just the beaches.
Before hopping on our bikes, we will brief you on safety in traffic, the route we’ll cover of over 15 miles/25kilometers, and the highlights you can expect to see along the way. After the briefing we’ll cycle through the lively backstreets of the Copacabana neighborhood towards our first stop in the hipster quarter of Botafogo; the so-called ‘celebrity’ cemetery of São Jão Batista.
Good to Know
We ask that for all participants to be at least 13 years old and able to ride their own bicycle.
All tours run rain or shine.
This tour departs from our office located at Rio Othon Palace hotel Copacabana, Avenida Atlântica 3262c. We are right across the street from the Copacabana beach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the meeting point?
We meet in front of the Rio Othon Palace Hotel, Avendia Atlântica 3264 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Just across from the Copacabana Beach.
What is the cancellation policy?
We’re happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour departure. Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.
What are your covid policies, and will I need to wear a mask?
All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized regularly, such as seats and handlebars. Hand sanitizer is available. Social distancing will be respected. Helmets will be sanitized before use. While cycling wearing a mask is not required.
What kind of bikes do you have?
Our bikes are easy to ride Classic Dutch style bikes which are very comfortable.
Should I bring cash?
Yes, cash is always a good idea as not all vendors accept card transactions. There will be opportunities to purchase items along the way.
Is this tour appropriate for children?
While we will make exceptions for experienced young cyclists, we ask that all participants are over 12 years old. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to discuss whether or not this might be a good tour for your child.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
We have helmets available, but wearing a helmet is not mandatory here in Rio. All helmets are cleaned after each use.
How should I dress?
We recommend wearing comfortable, light clothes. Since it is usually sunny in Rio, it’s a good idea to wear and bring sunblock along. Keep in mind during the summer months, from December until March, it can get very hot. You may want to wear a hat and you should definitely bring a bottle of water along. There will also be stops where you can purchase additional drinks along the way (this is not included in the tour price).
Will there be a basket on my bike or a way to carry my bag?
There is not a basket or rack to carry a bag with you, however we do have an attachment to bring along a bottle of water. We recommend only brining the things that you’ll need for the tour in a light backpack.
Do you have electric bikes?
No, we unfortunately do not have e-bikes, but our bikes are easy to ride cruiser bikes and the route is very flat.
Can I leave the tour early?
We kindly ask that once you depart with your guide, you intend on staying for the duration of the tour. The tour is about three hours long, so please plan accordingly.
Do we go inside the museums and monuments?
We unfortunately do not have time on this tour to enter any of the monuments or museums that we’ll see. Your guide will give you plenty of helpful hints to go back and dive a bit deeper into the areas of the city that interest you most following the tour.
Can I store my luggage at your shop during the tour?
We unfortunately cannot store any bags for you and ask that you only bring the essentials for your tour, preferably in a backpack or wearable bag.
How long is the ride?
The ride is roughly four hours, but because of the stops you’ll be effectively cycling for around two hours, covering about 15miles/25kilometers.
Can I reschedule in the event of bad weather?
We intend on operating rain or shine, and we advise all guests to dress appropriately for the weather.
Is it safe to bike in Rio de Janeiro?
Yes, it is safe to cycle in Rio de Janeiro, especially if you stay on the designated bicycle paths. Our tours will make as much use as possible of cycling paths. Rio is quickly becoming a more bicycle-friendly city due to its rapidly expanding bike path program.
Is water included or can I purchase some before the tour?
Water is not included but there will be several opportunities on tour to stop and get something to eat or drink.