Buenos Aires by bike: 5 tours to meet the city

Buenos Aires has about a thousand block bicycle path: one hundred kilometers to breathe the city from the freedom of two wheels. Here we share the most beautiful routes.

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Buenos Aires by bike: 5 tours to meet the city

Nov 18, 2015

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Buenos Aires has about a thousand block bicycle path: one hundred kilometers to breathe the city from the freedom of two wheels. Here we share the most beautiful routes.

Gorriti

It´s the coolest path of the city. It serves as a guide in motion to go through the trendy Palermo with its designer and antique shops, its art galleries and hundreds of modern and charming little bars. Surely you share the ride with cyclists on cute and nice bikes (some very cool). Those traveling this route are often designers, producers, journalists, photographers...

Buenos Aires

Points of interest:

The Little Italy of Palermo (between Dorrego and Juan B. Justo Avenues). The nursery-bazaar Paul French Gallery (Gorriti 4865). Ninina Coffee Store (Gorriti 4738).

Beginning and end:

From Dorrego to Coronel Diaz. The best zone is the one that runs from Arévalo to Julian Alvarez.

When to go:

This route is cool at sunset, even at the crowded time. If you prefer to cycle in peace and not to be disturbed then it´s better in the morning.





Montevideo

It´s the most sophisticated of all, almost like pedaling in Paris. It´s a few blocks that separate Libertador Avenue from Vicente Lopez Square, but no less compelling scenically talking. The bike path passes a half block from Patio Bullrich and crosses petit hotels, palaces, embassies and very elegant shops. The only negative point of this tour is that it´s a sloping street which requires riding skills. If you think the tour is short, you can also take the Arenales bike path, longer and just as glamorous as its neighbor path.

Points of interest:

The boutique hotel Algodon Mansion (Montevideo 1647). The L'Epi bakery. (Montevideo 1567). The vintage shop Boycapel (Montevideo 1784). The home decor STU (Montevideo 1788).

Beginning and end:

From Libertador Avenue to Las Heras Avenue. You cross Vicente López Square and reappears a block beyond Santa Fe Avenue where it continues to Perón Street.

When to go:

At noon, although it is a fairly quiet road that you can go at any time during the day.


Costanera Norte

It´s the bike path for relaxation, inviting you to a calm and meditative pedaling. With the river always on your side, it crosses the margins of the city along five miles occupying Jorge Newbery airport. Separate from the pedestrians and cars area, the route was traced by the sidewalk to avoid heavy traffic on the avenue. It starts on Sarmiento Street and ends up on the Memorial Park on a tour to see airplanes and admire the beauty of a river that seems sea for its endless extension. There are benches to rest, shelter, water dispensers and bike racks.


Buenos Aires

Points of interest:

The Fisher Club, the Airport track, the new area designed for extreme sports, and "carts" (food trucks local version) to eat “choripanes”, burgers and bondiola sandwiches (pork).

Beginning and end:

Ranges from Costanera Avenue by Sarmiento up to Güiraldes Avenue by Monroe in Belgrano.

When to go:

Monday to Friday, preferably by day (at night is usually very lonely). Saturdays and Sundays is usually a mess, avoid those days.





Irala – Lamadrid

It´s the bike path for football and tango. Bohemian and town like, tango style, with the spirit of river suburb: so is the route that crosses the neighborhood of La Boca, and then merges into the city center. Its two kilometers length allow breathing port air and soak up the fanaticism for the only possible neighborhood club, Boca Juniors, of course. There´s also street art, but not the modern one but the traditional. There ´re lots of murals with typical Buenos Aires scenes and extravagant Xeneixes painted, besides, of course, the colorful painted houses.

Points of interest:

Caminito and its surroundings, which is where the bike path starts on Lamadrid Street. The misfortune of the Bombonera and Parque Lezama.

Beginning and end:

It runs from Vuelta de Rocha in La Boca to Martin Garcia Avenue by Parque Lezama. This is followed by Azopardo, Bouchard, Antarctica Argentina, and at Retiro it merges with Liberator bike path.

When to go:

From Monday to Friday -avoid the weekend tourist chaos- and always by day. It´s best to start during the morning by the Lezama Park and end at Caminito to walk and eat something out there.


Libertador – Figueroa Alcorta

The most friendly, green and long: it begins at Retiro and ends at General Paz Avenue, on the boundary between the City and the Province of Buenos Aires. It crosses the cutest and most distinguished part of the city. And also the greenest: where Palermo Woods (Bosques de Palermo) are located. It´s also the best way to meet Belgrano town.

Buenos Aires

Points of interest:

The jacaranda trees that grow during spring along the avenue. The bridge connecting Libertador with Figueroa Alcorta by Pueyrredón. The Floralis Generic. Los Bosques de Palermo. The Planetarium. The Japanese Garden. The Monument to the Spaniards at the junction with Sarmiento. And the River Plate football stadium.

Beginning and end:

It´s very long and with many ways to go, like a maze but with a way out ever. It starts at Retiro and it forks at Ugarteche: you can continue down the avenue or enter through Bosques de Palermo. If you go through the woods, you'll encounter with Figueroa Alcorta, but if you go down Libertador it doesn´t stop until Barrancas de Belgrano.

When to go:

At sunset (depending on the time of year: 5 pm to 8 pm), when the light and colors of the sky make the ride an unforgettable postcard. It´s also a beautiful walk to do in the early hours of the night. The advice is always the same: it´s better during weekdays to avoid the weekend crowds.





BY CECILIA ACUÑA

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