In Courconnect, we try to highlight local activities that could interest our students. Moreover, we test them to ensure the qualities of these activities!
Few weeks ago, I personally tested for you the Buenos Aires City Tour on Electric Bike! This visit, provided by the company Bike n’Wander, has for peculiarity to be dedicated to the respect of the environment. Before the tour, we are invited to bring our own bottles and gourds to participate in the reduction of plastic consumption in the world.
In this article, you will follow my route during these 3 hours, from Recoleta to Palermo Soho. Then you could find some general information about the tour as well as my personal opinion about this activity.
We meet Natalia, our guide for today, at 9:15 in front of the Recoleta cemetery, in the neighbourhood of the same name. After a little welcome pitch, it’s time to discover our machines! The electric bike is a trendy means of transport that you could see in more and more cities in the world because, besides being environment-friendly, it brings the advantages of the bike while limiting the physical efforts. We are also equipped with an earphone connected with Natalia’s microphone who will tell us the history of different monuments of Buenos Aires that we will see. After a little warm-up to master the bike, we are ready to pedal in the city!
We are learning about the history of Buenos Aires in the first minutes, we passed in front of the National Gallery and a strategic residence of General San Martin, one of the iconic characters of the Argentinian Independence. We were following the Avenida Libertador when I realized that Buenos Aires is a city perfectly adapted to the circulation of cyclists; Natalia confirmed that the city has one of the best bike-path networks of the continent. We continued to the different parks of Palermo where it is even more pleasant to cycle.
After almost 1 hour, we entered in one of the numerous polo stadiums that the city has. We also see the Argentinian Hippodrome, one of the most known of the country. Then, we go back to Plaza Italia in order to arrive quickly in Palermo Soho. Near to Plaza Serrano we discovered some pieces of street art, very present in this neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. We took time to enjoy a banana and a cereal bar generously offered by Natalia before leaving the place to continue the visit in Palermo Soho.
Already two hours passed and we go back slowly to Recoleta, appreciating the sweetness of a bike ride. On our way, we discovered a monument honouring Eva Perón, one of the icons of the country who particularly worked in the right of votes for women. We finished our 3-hours loop where we began to ride, in front of the Recoleta cemetery.
So, this 3-hours tour enables us to know two of the most important cultural neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires: Palermo and Recoleta. However, the city is huge and it exists numerous other cultural attractions. Bike n’Wander also proposes 5-hours and 7-hours city tours with a picnic included in the last one.
I did have a pleasant morning with this City Tour in Electric Bike. It was my first time on an electric bike and the machine is rather easy to use. However, even there is assistance, you will need all your legs to ride in the city, after a 3-hours tour, you could find some signs of exhaustion! Our guide Natalia was very sympathetic, always here to help us with our bike and she knows lots of anecdotes about the city of Buenos Aires. If you would like to discover the history and the treasures of Buenos Aires in an original manner, this activity is made for you!
The 3-hours tour cost $49,00 whereas the 5-hours tour cost $79,00 and the 7-hours tour cost $119,00. Besides the Spanish, the tour could be dispensed in English or in Brazilian Portuguese, but don’t hesitate to enjoy this tour in Spanish in order to enhance your Spanish skills with local guides!
All the information you could need is on the website: http://bikenwander.com