In our new bike tour in Rio de Janeiro, the Panorama tour, we cycle through Aterro do Flamengo, better known as Flamengo Park. It’s the biggest recreational park in Rio de Janeiro, with excellent cycle paths. Next year during the Olympics in Rio, Flamengo Park will serve as host to athletics and road cycling
The complex of Aterro includes, besides the park, a museum and a monument. During our bike tour we will pass by both the museum (of modern art) as the monument, the Monument of the Dead of World War II, with its modernist memorial sculptures.
Aterro also contains a road that connects Rio de Janeiro’s center to the South Zone, with neighborhoods as Copacabana and Ipanema. It’s an important artery in Rio de Janeiro. On Sundays this road is closed for cars and being used by cyclists and skaters, runners and other sports practitioners.
Originally the location of the park, with a length of 7 kilometers, used to be part of the bay of Guananabara. When in Rio’s city center the famous Morro de Santo Antônio, one of the first hills to be inhabited in Rio de Janeiro, had to make way, the soil was used to build Aterro. The beach of Flamengo was also constructed, as the originally beach had to make way for roads.
The park was designed by renowned landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who also was responsible for the design of the famous boulevards of Copacabana and Ipanema. The bike lanes in the park are very well kept and make it possible to visit Rio’s center by bicycle. It is a great stretch to ride, don’t miss out on it.