Rio de Janeiro
Cycling in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a gorgeous and vibrant South American city, with miles of routes, best explored by cycling! The city is constantly upping the ante to ensure bicycle friendliness for locals and visitors. Testament to this, it was selected by the European Cyclists' Federation in 2018 as the host destination for their annual Velo-City conference.
Ride the relaxing coastal paths meandering the picturesque shores of the most popular beaches of Cocabana, Botafogo, Ipanema, and Leblon. Capture exceptional vistas to the city by pedaling some exciting routes through Tijuca Forest to Christ the Redeemer or Vista Chinesa. You can find everything for any skill level, from sightseeing to road cycling and even some mountain biking.
The city is increasingly installing new cycling infrastructure, with well-connected and well-maintained cycle paths in popular areas, separated from trafficked roads. Cyclists can enjoy visiting the city with the best safety. The government, in an attempt of supporting bicycles as a means of transportation in Rio, installed bike racks in plenty of spots around the city and has a successful bike-share scheme in place: Bike Rio.
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When to go
There is no bad time to visit Rio since its temperature is moderate all year around. The best time to travel depends on your interests.
Hot and sunny summers from December to March are when beaches are crowded and prices increase. Carnival in February with its numerous and plentiful festivals, parades, and parties attracts huge numbers of tourists and finding an affordable lodge can be tough at this time of the year. Definitely book ahead!
Autumn, from April to June is also a beautiful time with less humidity and cooler temperatures. This is a good option for beach lovers to enjoy Rio if summer is too hot and crowded to take.
July, August, and September are Rio's winter months: chiller and windier but with little rainfall. This is the best time for surfers to hit the beach and easier to find a hotel.
Spring, from September through October, is another good time to stay in Rio. People say temperatures are best in these months (around 26ºC). Warm enough to lie on beach and cool enough to cycle through forest and colorful parks.