An excellent way to see Buenos Aires is by bicycle. Be it La Boca, Recoleta, Puerto Madero or Palermo — many of the city’s neighborhoods are perfectly suited for bike riding. Buenos Aires is a flat, pretty city, so peddle power is a fast and easy way to get around town.
There’s a good reason that so many food deliverers and couriers get around by bike — it’s often the fastest mode of transport in a sometimes cluttered city. While no one would recommend mimicking the deliver boys’ behavior, hopping up onto sidewalks to avoid traffic congestion and sending pedestrians scurrying out of the way, or riding nonchalantly the wrong way down a one-way street, bikes means less traffic and less pollution for everyone.
The number of bike commuters in Buenos Aires has increased exponentially in recent years, as the city government created bike lanes covering 130km through the city and even set up a bike sharing program called EcoBici. Thanks to these efforts, biking is safer than ever in Buenos Aires. Bike tours are a still novel but growing part of Buenos Aires’ tourism industry. Hotels are getting on the bike bandwagon as well, such as ‘Ecohotel’ Casa Calma which provides cool-looking bamboo bicycles for guests.
Bike Tours in Buenos Aires
If you’re only in town for a short while and want to check out the city on two wheels, taking a bike tour in English or Spanish provides a fun and economical way to be guided through the city. Four hour tours take place twice a day and conducted using the cool-looking playeras (‘cruisers’) bikes seen around town.
A Southside tour covers areas closer to downtown such as San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero and the Ecological Reserve for a mate break of Argentina’s favorite hot beverage and a snack. The Northside tour explores leafy Recoleta, including a stop at the city’s most prestigious cemetery, Palermo, including the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Forest) for a mate pit-stop.
Both tours are pretty easy going, and last four hours.
The Tigre Bike and Canoe tour on weekends and holidays, involves a visit the peaceful suburb of Tigre, and then a canoe ride to the islands of the Delta Tigre for lunch. Upon return to the mainland, a leisurely ride heads by local attractions, including a visit to the Puerto de Frutas.
• Reservations recommended