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Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)
Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)

Avenue Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro

The Basics

Copacabana’s roughly 2.2-mile (4-km) stretch along Brazil's Atlantic coast is divided into seven informal sections, or postos. Although visitors are free to wander wherever they please on the beach, those looking for a particular vibe may want to get a lay of the land: Postos two through six draw the largest crowds thanks to landmarks such as Copacabana Palace, and posto seven is the best surf spot from dawn till dusk—thanks, in part, to a floodlight. Stretch your legs with a stroll along the boardwalk and Avenida Atlantica or a jaunt to the many beachfront shops, or incorporate Copacabana Beach into a full Rio de Janeiro tour for a quick look at the city’s top sights. Guided tours often combine trips to Copacabana with visits to nearby sites such as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, and downtown Rio.

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Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
$47.30 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Go where you never thought you would.
This is a chance to experience the beach, favella, and hike to wonderful views. Fantastic experience. The bike ride is either a 7 minute thrill or nerve racking madness. Now you know.
Brendan_A, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

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Christ the redeemer
Jennifer_C, Mar 2020
Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach - from Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá
Our pick up at the cruise terminal was well organised though we had a bit of a wait to get going. The tour guide was excellent & very knowledgable. We were there before the crowds & left again before it got too crowded. Overall a very enjoyable tour.
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Great day out
sarcher56, Nov 2019
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
The bike ride was lovely, and the motorbike taxi was thrilling. Wouldn't say the hike was easy but we were doing it 40+temperature, but the veiw from the top makes it worth the climb. Jacqueline the guide was a great guide.
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This is a must while in Rio
Mjmac04, Jun 2019
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
This was an amazing excursion. The bike ride was very peaceful and just the right amount of time. The moto taxi was better than I expected especially since I have only been on a motorcycle once. The hike was fun and we even got up close and personal with some monkeys. The views from the top were breath taking. But my tour guide was the absolute best part of the trip. She was very knowledgeable and a great conversationalist.
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A Rio Must-Do!!
Scenic03704880907, Jan 2019
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Views unlike any other touristy-place, a thoroughly enjoyable and easy hike, plus exciting bicycling and biking experiences to boot! Best of all was a superb guide, Jacqueline, who took the tour from great to excellent!! I would do this again and again every time I visit Rio. Anyone who is able to should do this tour! Amazing!!!
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This was the highlight of our entire...
Stacy M, Aug 2017
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
This was the highlight of our entire trip! Our guide, Gabriel, was knowledgeable, helpful and fun to be around. The motorcycle ride through the favelas to the start of the trail was one of the most memorable parts of our entire trip to Rio for 12 days! The view from Dois Irmaos was absolutely incredible. And the best part was that it wasn't crowded like Pao de Azucar or Corcovado. Loved every bit of this tour!
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Our guide was excellent, very good...
Christina H, Aug 2017
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Our guide was excellent, very good personality and energy. The hike was slightly harder than moderate but totally worth it once at the top. The motorcycle taxi was great fun, and walking back through the favela was my one chance to see how many Brazilians really live. A great day!
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Jacqueline was an amazing tour...
Mingchen C, Sep 2017
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Jacqueline was an amazing tour guide. She knew a lot about the city and was really nice. We could pace the hike as we wish. Thanks again!
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The day was absolutly perfect. The...
Thomas W, Jan 2018
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
The day was absolutly perfect. The beginning was in time, the speed was confortable, the wether was good, we could laught much and the views where awsome. My personal highlight was to go by motorbike through the favela and of course the view from the top of the mountain. I could heighly recommand.
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The tour itself was really good and...
Gary B, Feb 2018
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
The tour itself was really good and includes a little walk through a favella. It was especially good on a rainy day, great cooling hiking up the 2 brothers! Jacq, our tour leader, was enthusiastic, knowledgable, great fun and really helpful - she turned the trip from great to outstanding :-)
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Amazing tour! I enjoyed biking so...
Nada A, Oct 2017
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Amazing tour! I enjoyed biking so much , the tour guide was so helpful and friendly. He was on time and it turned out to be a private tour so we took both bicycles and started biking along Copacabana , Ipanema and leblon beaches as well and then went through a favela where I was able to see the other side of Rio de janeiro and then we started hiking and we saw on the way some monkeys and took great pictures . It was really unforgettable and not to be missed. :
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Love this tour! My guide was very...
Christine S, May 2018
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Love this tour! My guide was very nice and the tour was amazing. I would definitely recommend this to people who like to stay active on vacation.
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Highly recommended escape from the...
PET023NL, Dec 2016
Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill
Highly recommended escape from the city! Expect the same spectacular views compared to Corcovado but with the added feeling you made it to the top yourself. Very informative guide will help you getting there. Just make sure to wear shoes with plenty of grip. On the way down stop for a cup of Acai to revitalize and cool down! After this a trip to pao de acucar mountain is nothing :-

Things to Know Before You Go

  • No matter where you park in the sand, bring plenty of sun protection and leave your valuables at home—cheap snacks and drinks will get you through the day without too much cash outlay. Vendors hawk everything from cold drinks and snacks to reasonably priced towels and souvenirs.

  • Look left for views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the historical Fort Duque de Caxias, and catch sight of Copacabana Fort and Two Brothers Hill to the right.

  • Leme occupies the span between postos one and two, and posto eight marks the transition to Ipanema Beach, popular among locals.

  • Although Copacabana is lit up at night, it’s still wise to avoid walking along the beach after sunset.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to and from Copacabana Beach is in a yellow taxi, which is also an economical option. There are three metro stations a few blocks north of the beach, and numerous city buses stop in the vicinity. Myriad city tours, both group and private, also stop on Copacabana’s sands.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The beach is open and crowded year-round, but plan your visit during Rio’s warm season—December to March—to enjoy the water. Weekends are busier than weekdays, and Sunday is a popular time to visit because part of Avenida Atlantica is closed to cars. Keep your eye out for various volleyball, soccer, and other sporting events taking place on the beach throughout the year.

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Sports on Copacabana Beach

Volleyball nets, soccer courts, and other sports equipment facilitate physical activity all along the beachfront. Copacabana’s sands are also popular training grounds for those practicing capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music with Angolan tradition for a graceful, fluid, and powerful form of movement.

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