A very important landmark in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro is Forte de Copacabana. A well maintained fort that was opened a hundred years ago, in 1914. Doing a bike tour in Rio de Janeiro with Rio by Bike you pass by the fort right away, as it is situated across the meeting point where our cycle tours start.
The area around the fort is easy to pass by because of the cycle lanes. Biking in Rio de Janeiro is becoming more tourist friendly every month, with already more than 350 kilometers of bike lanes connecting the neighborhoods in the old city center with the touristic South Zone. The city government is investing a lot of time and money to get to almost 500 kilometers of bike lanes in Rio de Janeiro before the Summer Olympics, which will take place in August 2016.
To enter the fort you have to pay an entrance fee of 6 real (3 dollars or 2 euros). It’s worth it. You will get one of the most stunning views you will find in Cidade Maravilhosa, as Rio is called by the locals. The entrance fee is asked because there is a museum inside that shows all the history of the fort.
In total the fort has four cannons, which are disarmed. Two have a range of 23 kilometers and two have a range of 18 kilometers. The fort was deactivated in 1987 when Brazil abandoned its coastal defense. The museum shows the enormous munition of the cannons and tells about the important revolt of 1918, when armed officers rebelled against the city or Rio de Janeiro.
After doing the Urban Tour with Rio by Bike the fort is a perfect place to enjoy the great view of the famous beach of Copacabana, with on the horizon Sugar Loaf Mountain. There are several bars and restaurants where you can have a lunch or just for a drink to relax. Don’t miss out on this beautiful place!