Two Dutch journalists operate this biking outfit, and their excellent pedaling tours combine scenery with cultural insight. It’s a great way to get an overview of the city, with guides pointing out landmarks and describing key events that have shaped Rio. Tours generally last three to four hours and travel mostly along bike lanes separated from traffic.

If you want a truly immersive experience, sign up for the Ultimate Rio tour, which lasts about seven hours and takes in a bit of Ipanema, Copacabana, Urca, Centro and Lagoa (R$270 including lunch). Most tours start in Copacabana, meeting on Av NS de Copacabana.