Distance
22.11 km
Ascent
223 m
Descent
188 m
Peak
73 m
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
2-4 hrs
Ipanema to Niterói

Ipanema to Niterói

Overview

The cycling path runs from Ipanema, follows Rio’s shore to Niteroi, offering best seaside panoramas in the city. It passes Copacabana, Botafogo, and Flamengo, before entering the bustling Centro. A ferry will bring you and your bike to the other side of Guanabara Bay.

Just right at the starting point, you may get spoiled at the Stone Arpoador – the scenic peninsula with fantastic sunset views from its green paths – and the crescent-shaped beach of Copacabana. The route then meanders around the eastern coastline of Rio de Janeiro, shows off city’s landscape beauty, which combines glorious beaches and mighty mountains.

Traverse through the sprawling park of Flamengo, you will find yourself immersed in the hustling town Centro, where you escape the land and float on sea to Niteroi. The ending point is Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.

The route totals 14 miles and you can expect to be finished in around two hours, but take your time, enjoy what Rio offers. The whole morning is still not enough to ride if you love this coastline.

Terrain

The whole route is relatively flat and runs on smooth terrain. Bicycle lanes are well paved maintained.

Access

The southeast top of land is where the ride begins. This map suggests starting from Stone Arpoador. Follow the road to the coastline and head north.

Food and drink

No need to go around and find a restaurant, the MAC Bistro, located in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi will satisfy you.

If you would love to try something from the locals, stop by Adega do Cesare, a family-friendly place that serves Brazilian, Portuguese and Italian food and they have a wine cellar.

More details

There are so many beaches and parks that we can’t even count! If you have more time, jump off the route and ride to some special spots such as Copacabana Fort at Copacabana, Red Beach in Urca, and Museum of Tomorrow in Centro.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Double Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Off-Road
Gravel Road
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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