Where to Bike in Buenos Aires
The Argentine winter is quickly drawing to an end and here at Vamos Spanish we’re already thinking about warmer weather and enjoying sunny days in the city. My personal favorite way to get out and explore the city is by bicycle. Whether using the City’s bike share program, EcoBici http://ecobici.buenosaires.gob.ar/, or maybe you found a classic bike in need of some TLC on MercadoLibre, the bipedal bustle is a sure way to have an idyllic day. To start you off on your bicycle adventures, below you’ll find some of my favorite places to spend the day cruising on la bici.
Los Bosques De Palermo (The Palermo Woods) is a popular destination for bikers, roller bladders, skaters, and runners. With numerous bike lanes and some bikers/pedestrians only streets, cruising around the lakes and shade of Los Bosques is a great way to quickly escape from the hectic streets of Buenos Aires.
Another great way to quickly escape the chaos of Microcentro is to head down to Puerto Madero and the Ecological Reserve. While meandering down the waterfront, it’s nice to take in the starkly contrasting modern architecture of Puerto Madero with the natural landscape that lies just beyond. Just outside the reserve is a string of Argentine vendors selling their infamous choripan (Argentine hot dog) and bondiola (pork shoulder) sandwiches which make great incentives to burn some calories afterward. After you’ve dowsed yourself in bugspray, head on into the reserve and enjoy kilometers of unadulterated nature paths and sporadic views of the Rio Plata.
If you’re in Buenos Aires for a few weeks you may be lucky enough to catch one of the bi-monthly bike gatherings called La Masa Critica https://www.facebook.com/masacriticabsas (Critical Mass). The first Sunday of each month attracts hundreds and hundreds of bikers to the Obelisco for an all-day cruise through town all in the name of the oldest and best green technology. For the slightly more adventurous bike enthusiast, the second Masa Critica of each month meets on the night of the full moon for a party on wheels that lasts well into the wee hours of the morning.
I’ll leave you with one last outing that makes for a great day trip. Fill up a couple waterbottles and head up the shoreline to Zona Norte and Tigre. As you make your way out of the city you’ll catch some great glimpses of the Buenos Aires’ skyline as it fades into the distance. You’ll also stumble upon some shoreline restaurants to keep you fueled as you head north. Once in Tigre you can ramble around the waterways and relax by the water with your mate (your friend or the Argentine tea). The best part is if you’re feeling a little worn out from the ride up you can always hop on the train and be back in the city in no time!
Una bici más, un auto menos.