Argentina Pt XIII: South Circuit Tour with BA Bikes

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As we had a rather late arrival to Buenos Aires due to the change in our flight from Salta, we could only do the admin stuff such as laundry and changing money the following morning.

Our Airbnb host shared with us the contact details of a reliable moneychanger at Palermo and we made our way there by Subte after finishing our laundry.

Subte – 2.50 ARS for each ride

After getting more pesos, we traveled to BA Bikes office at San José 539 and arrived slightly earlier than the meeting time of 2.15pm.

BA Bikes office

We were the first to arrive and the staff welcomed us warmly. Their English were all pretty good and we had no problem understanding them. We paid the tour fee (230 ARS each) and waited for the guides and the rest of the participants to arrive.

Useful recommendations for Tourists

Turned out that it was a busy day and there were around 30 participants in total. Interestingly, all of us opted for the South Circuit so the two guides split us into two groups. After the introduction and testing our equipment, we rode for around 10 minutes to our first stop of the tour – Casa Rosada.

Our guide (I think his name is Juanjo) telling us about the history of Casa Rosada

Banners

Next stop was Puerto Madero, the swanky upmarket area in Buenos Aires. The property there is priced out for most Argentinians.

Battered van en-route to Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero’s high-rise buildings in a distance

The area was nice but felt pretty soulless. I preferred the character of San Telmo.

Puerto Madero

Pontifical Universidad Catolica Argentina

Reminded me of Liverpool docks

A short ride away from Puerto Madero was the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve. While we didn’t visit it, we stopped by the food stands opposite it.

Looking at Costanera Sur

Our guide recommended us choripán, a popular South American sandwich (20 ARS).

Chorizos

Preparing the orders

All the garnishes – not a good idea as we saw pigeons homing on the food

Yummy

The other group

Somehow I managed to step on dog shit again. It was already the third time of the trip and Ying was really amused.

Trying to remove the shit

After the satisfying pitstop, we headed south towards La Boca, home of the famous Boca Juniors.

Puerto Madero casino en-route

Nearing Boca Juniors’ Stadium

The only team here

Looking in from outside

Caminito is La Boca’s landmark and we spent some time there exploring and taking photos.

Caminito

Caminito

Mural

Dog joining us for the history of La Boca. Guide told us it wasn’t the first time

Ying very intrigued with the decorations on the trees

Colourful houses

Cat

Both of us agreed that we should return to take pictures when there were less tourists.

The next stop was at the park beside La Bombonera. Our guide was a Boca fan and he told us of his experiences of watching live matches there.

Emblem of La Boca

La Bombonera basking in the sun

The penultimate stop was at Parque Lezama, near to the oldest part of Buenos Aires.

Our guide sharing how Defensa street got its name

It was already dark by the time we reached our final stop at Avenida 9 de Julio.

Avenida 9 de Julio

Evita smiling towards the south

The bicycle tour was 4 hours long in total but the duration was just right for us. We saw quite a few sights and got ourselves orientated about Buenos Aires.

While cycling in Buenos Aires could be quite stressful due to the traffic, we enjoyed the tour. It was well-organized and we left a small tip for our great guide at the end.

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