10/11/2014. Biking in Rio de Janeiro brings you to a lot of special places, you otherwise wouldn’t see. One of these things is biking alongside the Bay of Guanabara. Normally seen from one of the mountains around the bay, you have the possibility to not only see the beautiful views, but experience them as well. The place where the Portuguese arrived in 1502 and found dolphins, whales and hundreds of other animals.
The Bay of Guanabara officially is not even a bay, but an estuary. A connection between the around 50 rivers that are connected to the area on one side and the ocean on the other side.
One of the biggest projects in the history of Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil, was the construction of the bridge over the bay, connection Rio to the city of Niteroi. From the beach of Flamengo, where we pass with the Panorama Tour of Rio by Bike, you have a perfect view of the more than 13 kilometer long bridge. It was completed in 1974. To go around the Bay of Guanabara would be almost 150 kilometers, but with the arrival of the bridge reaching the other side of the bay became easy.
The bay is the location for the sailing events held during Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but because of the heavy pollution it is still not sure yet that the events will take place in the bay. But despite the pollution, biking in Rio de Janeiro and passing the Bay of Guanabara is still one of the most spectacular things to do.