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About us

The company was founded by Philip de Wit and Jan Willem Zeldenrust, two Dutch locals and journalists with a passion for biking and for telling stories about Rio.

Philip arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, after living three-and-half-a-years in New Delhi where he worked as a South Asia correspondent, covering countries like India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. After that he worked five years as a Brazil and Latin America correspondent. Nowadays, when he is not guiding bike tours, he works as a contributing writer for sport sites.

Jan Willem first set foot on the shores of Guanabara Bay in Rio in 2011, after a three year stint in Barcelona. In this Spanish metropolis he worked as a bike tour guide, sportswriter and photographer. In Brazil, besides being a tour guide, he also works as a Brazil correspondent for a Dutch Press Agency, writing about sports, culture and travel.

Together Philip and Jan Willem also wrote a Dutch business guide to Brazil.

To find out what clients think of Rio by Bike, check out their reviews on Tripadvisor.

Rio by Bike is also a partner of the international network of bike tour operators Cycle Cities.

Urban Tour

  • beach-ipanema-bike-rio-tours

    3 hours / R$ 100

  • lagoa-rodrigo-freitas-bike-rio-tours

    3 hours / R$ 100

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    3 hours / R$ 100

The Urban Tour is a cycling tour, that focuses on the southern part of the city. You will visit several of Rio's famous sites, but also some of its traditional neighborhoods. We’ll start at Copacabana beach, to experience where ... read more about Urban Tour

Panoramic Tour

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    4 hours / R$ 135

  • panoramic-tour-praia-botafogo-bike-rio-tours

    4 hours / R$ 135

  • panoramic-tour-lapa-bike-tours-rio

    4 hours / R$ 135

The Panaroma tour is a Rio bike tour that will take you from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara and to Lapa and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths you’ll bike through the lively backstreets of iconic ... read more about Panoramic Tour

Ultimate Rio Tour

  • 7 hours / R$ 270 - including lunch

  • 7 hours / R$ 270 - including lunch

  • 7 hours / R$ 270 - including lunch

The daily Ultimate Rio Tour showcases the best of Rio de Janeiro in one day. As well as exploring the popular South Zone, with iconic beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, you will pedal through equally fascinating Carioca neighborhoods such as Lapa ... read more about Ultimate Rio Tour

Rio by Tours

  • Private day tours with local guide

During the day tours we go around Rio de Janeiro by car or van, to discover Brazil’s most vibrant and beautiful city in a unique way. For travellers who for example want to see the highlights of Rio in one day, or want to explore places outside Rio, like mountain resort Petropolis. All the tours are private. ... read more about Rio by Tours