Destination: Day Two in Rio Janeiro Brazil
Date: February 2014
Activity: Biking the Beaches of Copacaban and Impenema
Our first stop on our Brazilian cruise out of Sao Paulo was back to Rio de Janeiro. Since we had already seen most of the popular city sights in Rio during our previous visit a few days before we opted for a bike ride down Copacabana and Impenema beaches.
When we got off the boat we grabbed a taxi and managed to navigated the heavy traffic to the beach. Our taxi driver was excellent and was very patient with us as we check all of the public bike rentals along the beach to find four bikes to rent. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any so we had him drop us off at the JW Marriott and inquired with the concierge of a local bike rental shop. Lucky for us it was easy to find one and soon we were walking the four blocks to the bike rental shop.
We were charged about $5 per hour for our bike rentals and soon we were off to enjoy the ride along the bike paths of both beaches. It was a really fun day riding bikes, people watching, stopping for pictures, getting refreshed at the beach, the icy cold water of Rio beaches, and of course a few ice cream and drink stops along the way. In all we biked the 8 miles along both beaches and had a fantastic ride.
When we were done we returned our bikes and took the nearby subway over to the shopping areas. We decided to grab a quick salad at the Colombo Coffee shop that we had stopped at a few days before. After a quick rest we were ready to grab a taxi and head back to the ship. Our driver was great and took us over to the warehouses where the floats of Carnaval were being assembled for the celebration at the end of the month. It was a phenomenal site to see these beautiful gigantic structures being put together but soon we found out we were trespassing so we were hurried out of the warehouses and sent on our way.
Rio de Janeiro is a great city and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around as I had during our first visit. Of course ready yourself for men walking down the streets in t-shirts and speedos, or the women’s much too small string bikinis!
Safe and Happy Travels!