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Biking Tour Of Buenos Aires


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For $25, you might assume that the four-hour jaunt with Lan and Krammer Bike Tours would simply be a pleasant day trip around Buenos Aires. When you strap on the helmet you might feel like just a tourist, unaware that you are about to learn about parts of the city only known by locals.

One of the first places the tour goes through is the portside barrio of La Boca, home to the cityā€™s most beloved soccer team, Club AtlĆ©tico Boca Juniors (CABJ). As you ride by, you can see a handful of porteƱos sitting on doorsteps, looking fatigued. Despite the fanatical soccer lust and colorful homes, this barrio is home to tired, working-class porteƱos, who ritually lounge outside their homes in order to de-stress from a long workday.

At the next barrio the tour runs through, Puerto Madero, you can see wealthy porteƱos sipping wine at upscale outdoor restaurants. Your guide will explain that Puerto Madero was originally a well-used but run-down canal. From 1976 to 1983, during the military dictatorship, the entire port was off-limits. In the early 2000s, the city planned dramatic a face-lift for Madero, evidenced by the number of yachts floating in the waterway.

As you finish up the tour and look behind at the Buenos Aires you thought you knew, you might be inclined to marvel at the enormity and diversity of this rich, historic city.

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22 Sep 2010

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