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Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

1. Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

Choose from 3 different itineraries to best fit your time in Rio and your preferences. Explore some of the city's highlights on a small-group bike tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 3-Hour Urban Tour: Praia Vermelha, Botafogo & Lagoa Visit several of Rio's famous sites and some of its traditional neighborhoods on this tour that focuses on the southern part of the city. Start at Copacabana beach to experience where locals spend a large part of their social life. From there, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain to view its imposing vastness up-close, and make a stop at nearby Vermelha Beach, a tiny oasis of quietness. Next, pedal to the lively neighborhood of Botafogo to get a glimpse of the back lanes of Rio. This stretch of the bike tour will give you a closer look at how real Cariocas live when they’re not on the beach. Finally, head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and admire its surrounding green hillsides and fancy neighborhoods. • 4-Hour Panoramic Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Park & Old Rio Get a panoramic perspective of Rio on this tour that goes from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths, bike through the lively backstreets of iconic neighborhood Copacabana to Botafogo. There, pass by Rio’s “celebrity” cemetery, São João Batista, the resting place of several Brazilian presidents, writers, singers, actors, and renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Pedal on to the Bay of Guanabara along the beach of Flamengo, the site of the first European settlement after the discovery of the city. Continue to the historical center of Rio, with stops at Cinelândia and the bohemian neighborhood Lapa, well-known for its nightlife and the Selarón steps, 250 steps covered in more than 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle along the paths that wind through Flamengo Park, designed by famous Brazilian landscaper, Burle Marx. The last stretch of the tour will pass along Copacabana beach. 7-Hour Ultimate Tour: Urban Tour + Panoramic Tour + Lunch Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro in just one day. As well as exploring the popular South Zone, famous for the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, pedal through less well-known but equally fascinating neighborhoods such as Botafogo and Urca. After taking these in, head to the old city center where you’ll stop in the Bohemian quarter of Lapa. Take a step back to Rio's colonial past at the historic Cinelândia Square, and visit Jorge Selarón’s psychedelically decorated staircase to see how art can be truly public in this city. Savor a typical Brazilian lunch — included in the tour — at a local restaurant. The last stretch of the cycle tour passes by the beautiful lake, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by hills clad with lush Atlantic rainforest. Last, soak up lots of great views of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer.

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Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. Consisting of centuries-old buildings and roads, the historic center of Rio best illustrates the most important chapters of Brazil’s history.  See the contrast of new and old architecture at XV de Novembro Square. Continue to Cinelândia Square until you reach the famous Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos de Lapa) in Lapa. Admire the historic beauty as you continue to Santa Teresa by car. Enjoy the winding narrow streets and colorful buildings of bohemian Santa Teresa, famous for its bars, galleries, ateliers, and the 19th-century Santa Teresa tram. From the top of Santa Teresa Hill, enjoy some of Rio’s finest views and look across Guanabara Bay.  Take in the panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas, located in the ruins of an old mansion belonging to Laurinda Santos. The mansion has been partially restored and is now used as a cultural center hosting various exhibitions and events.

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Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights with Electric Scooter

3. Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights with Electric Scooter

Experience an exhilarating and memorable tour via an electric scooter of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro. Your guide will offer you instructions if you are a newcomer, ensuring that you and your group are safe throughout the whole trip. This tour is a sustainable way to meet people and witness the highlights of the city. Have plenty of opportunities to appreciate nature and acquaint yourself with the city. Flamengo, Rio Historical Center and Olympic Boulevard: Your route will take you from Flamengo Park through the Rio historical center, Olympic Boulevard, and Mauá Square Downtown. Highlights of your experience include Flamengo Park, MAM (the Modern Art Museum), Cinelândia Square, the Municipal Theater, the National Library, the Candelária Church, LAPA, and the Selaron Stairs. You will also see the Metropolitan Cathedral, Olympic Boulevard (Olympic Pyre), the Tomorrow Museum, and the Ethnicities Mural in the port zone.

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Rio: Historical Walking Tour

4. Rio: Historical Walking Tour

Take the subway and enjoy a guided walking tour in downtown Rio. Rich in history and buildings of great architectural appeal, the center of the former capital of the country is best absorbed in the details when you walk through it. Travel by subway to downtown, arrive at Cinelândia Station an area with relics of the French architectural influence.  On the way to Carioca square see the Naval Club, the Monastery Church of Santo Antônio and the Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência. Visit the Confeitaria Colombo, built in 1894, Tiradentes Palace (State Hall), Praça XV including the Imperial Palace, the statue of General Osório, Mestre Valentim's Fountain and the Teles Arch. Reach the cobble-stoned Travessa do Comercio and the former residence of Carmen Miranda. See the Church of Our Lady of the Merchants, the Post Office Cultural Center, France-Brazil House, Bank of Brasil Cultural Center and Candelaria Church. Before heading back to your hotel by subway. 

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What people are saying about Cinelândia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Yan is a very informative, good humoured, great photographer, attentive (especially to those who are not so experienced biking in the city - like myself :D) and overall great city bike tour guide. Highly recommended for all all ages, as well as both experienced and beginner level cyclists!

Philip (who led trip) is a seasoned cyclist, who's been living in Rio for quite a while) - is also a good leader. One other (minor) positive was that the group was made up of northern Europeans - felt at home, again!

Great tour, thanks to a great guide Manuela. They were on time on a pick up spot, everything went smooth, Manuela is smart, interesting and easy going. And she made this tour so good.

Really interesting and informatative tour and guide. Cycling was challenging but straight forward and the views were great.

we really enjoyed Philip's tour! we recommabd strongly! i'ts a safe tour ans very very pleasant!