A local’s guide to Rio de Janeiro: 10 top tips
As a direct budget flight from London launches this week, our Brazil correspondent pickings out favela feasts, samba sessions and seaside cycle rides to savour
When Rio introduced a bicycle hire scheme ( sponsored by Banco Itau ), the bikes were constantly broken and the system often froze. It works much better now, with three-gear bikes available across the city with payment plans as inexpensive as PS3 for three days. Seaside cycle paths lead from the Marina da Gloria through the leafy Aterro do Flamengo park, with its joggers, households, barbecues, rope strolls and samba rehearsals, all the way to Urca, the Sugarloaf and Copacabana beach. From there, the beachfront lane goes on to Ipanema and Leblon. And, on Sundays, half of Rio’s waterfront freeway is closed to traffic, constructing the distinctive orange bikes a quintessentially carioca way to reaching the beach. You may need help to register on the Portuguese-only site.