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Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


The iconic peaks of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain are the top picks for hiking in Rio de Janeiro, but some of the most spectacular views can be found away from the tourist crowds. This 5-hour hiking and cycling adventure includes a bike ride along Copacabana beach, a drive through the colorful Vidigal favela, and a thrilling hike to the top of the Two Brothers Hills, from where the views span Ipanema beach, the Tijuca Forest, and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • 5-hour biking and hiking tour of Two Brothers Hills from Rio de Janeiro
  • Pedal along the seafront promenade of Copacabana beach
  • Get a glimpse of life in the Vidigal favela as you drive into the hills
  • Enjoy a guided hike to the summit of the Two Brothers Hills
  • Marvel at views of Tijuca forest, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and Sao Conrado beach
  • Easy to moderate level hike suitable for hikers with some experience
  • Small-group tour limited to four people ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Use of bicycle
  • Biking tour
  • Hiking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    Departure Point: Copacabana Beach Address: In front of Av. Atlântica, 3264 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-001 Directions: Meet on the corner of Xavier da Silveira Street and Atlantica Ave, in front of the Othon Hotel.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Meet your guide and small group of no more than four people at Copacabana beach and saddle up for a scenic bike ride along the seafront. Admire the ocean views as you pedal past the busy main beach, then glide along the white sands of Ipanema Beach, stopping to pose for photos along the way.

At the western end of the beach, leave your bikes and hop in a taxi for a ride through the hillside favelas to reach the starting point of your hike. Listen as your guide explains the difficulties of life in the favelas as you wind through the ramshackle buildings of the Vidigal favela, and hear how it became one of the city’s ‘pacified’ favelas.

Arrive at the very top of the favela, with the peaks of the Two Brothers looming overhead, and set out on the route to the summit. Accompanied by your guide, enjoy an around 2-hour round-trip hike to the top, following lush forest trails and perhaps spotting wildlife such as monkeys and tropical birds along the way. Pause to admire the spectacular views at the summit, which span the entire city, including the Tijuca forest, the Rocinha favela, and Sao Conrado beach. From your high vantage point, see if you can spot Rio landmarks such as the Christ the Redeemer Statue, perched high atop Corcovado mountain.

After hiking back down the hill and passing through the favela, pick up your bikes and cycle back to your starting point at Copacabana beach, where your tour ends.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
Operated by Rio Active Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Views unlike any other touristy-place, a thoroughly enjoyable and easy hike, plus exciting bicycling and biking experiences to boot!
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.
This is a chance to experience the beach, favella, and hike to wonderful views.
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Go where you never thought you would.
Brendan_A, Mar 2020
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.
Great day out
sarcher56, Nov 2019
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.
This is a must while in Rio
Michael_M, Jun 2019
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.
A Rio Must-Do!!
Liezl_G, Jan 2019
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!!!
Love this tour! My guide was very...
Christine S, May 2018
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.
The tour itself was really good and...
Gary B, Feb 2018
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 :-)
The day was absolutly perfect. The...
Thomas W, Jan 2018
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.
Really good fun to ride the bikes...
Helen M, Jan 2018
Really good fun to ride the bikes along the Copacabana and Ipenema beaches and then to switch to the motor bikes for the first part of the ascent . The trek is easy enough but do wear shoes with a good tread as it can be slippy. The views were amazing on the way up and at the top ....360 degrees. Jacqueline our guide was excellent and we had a good laugh with her, she was very friendly and relaxed. Afterwards we all went for lunch sharing our pictures and experiences. A lovely end to a great trip. Thank you !
Amazing tour! I enjoyed biking so...
Nada A, Oct 2017
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. :
amazing, especially the tour guide she...
Christopher M, Sep 2017
amazing, especially the tour guide she was just the best
Jacqueline was an amazing tour...
Mingchen C, Sep 2017
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!
This was a very good experience...
DONNA C, Aug 2017
This was a very good experience, except for the rain and cloudy conditions. The bike ride was so nice along the beach and then we got on motorcycles and rode to the beginning of the hiking trail. The trail was not difficult to navigate most of the time, but it did go on for a very long time and all uphill. I am in pretty good shape for my age 60 ish but I was winded and needing to take breaks several times on the way up. I was glad I decided to wear my tennis shoes instead of my walking shoes because of the grip. When we got to the top, it was too cloudy to really see anything, but it was still a great feeling to get there. The way down was easier but then we had to walk miles it seemed through the favela to get back to the bikes. Although it was an amazing experience, it was hard on the legs and feet walking downhill for so long. The bike trip back was nice except for the rain. Be prepared for a lot of walking and wear good gripping shoes.
This was the highlight of our entire...
Stacy M, Aug 2017
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!
Our guide was excellent, very good...
Christina H, Aug 2017
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!
Marcos, our guide, was very...
David P, May 2017
Marcos, our guide, was very informative, helpful and flexible to our needs. He did a great job. Going up through the favela by motorcycle taxi was exciting, but most amazing were the views from the top of the mountain. I class the hike as moderate since there are some steep and slippery sections.
Good tour, especially for the price...
Christine L, Apr 2017
Good tour, especially for the price! Exactly as described! Id say it was a moderate hike, not easy, but I had also hiked up Morro da Urca the day before. I personally felt a little scared of the speed and sharp turns on the mototaxi up through Vidigal and would have opted for the shared van instead but Im a risk-averse person. Overall, fabulous day! Also, half a block from where the tour starts and ends is a fabulous natural restaurant with vegan and gluten-free options BioCarioca. If youre vegan and GF like me, great for lunch after the tour!
Highly recommended escape from the...
Patrick_v, Dec 2016
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 :-
Professional and affordable tour...
Wan N, Dec 2016
Professional and affordable tour guide. As a solo female traveler, I felt safe hiking up to the two brothers with Marcos. The view from the short hike was breathtaking. I also did another tour with Marcos then following day to Pedra Bonita and the waterfalls. I highly recommend both hikes!
That was my best day in Rio !! Was...
Patricia R, Dec 2016
That was my best day in Rio !! Was exactly what i was looking for !!! I feeled really safe since the first minute, this two lovely guys were so kind with me, i feeled like were my best friends. The ride in mototaxi at the favela the most exiting thing ever and really safe place. Totally recomended !
Marcos and Gabriel were the PERFECT...
Sarah T, Nov 2016
Marcos and Gabriel were the PERFECT tour guides! Their English was impeccable and we had a delightful informative tour and saw monkeys, birds and even interesting insects. Biking through Copacabana and Ipanema was enjoyable as we stopped to take pictures along the way. We felt incredibly safe throughout our journey which we wondered about when booking because this did include taking a motorbike up through a favela and a leisurely walk down through the neighborhood with a stop to enjoy the best acai!. My 14 year-old daughter thought this was the best tour that she has ever taken we've done food tours, futboll tours, museum tours due to the combination of education, physicality, spectacular views and mainly the guides! Do not hesitate to book-this 52 year old could do the hike and so can you!! We were very sad to leave RIo because of the wonderful people we met like Marcos and Gabriel!


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