Buenos Aires tours and excursions

Buenos Aires tours

Bicycle tours

Guided English or Spanish pedal tours of Buenos Aires are available from Bike Tours. The three-and-a-half to four-hour informative ride goes through key districts, including Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo and the Plaza de Mayo. The tour includes the use of a three-gear bike, a helmet, a bottle of water and rain gear if necessary. Child seats are available.

Telephone: (011) 4311 5199.
Bus tours

Day and night bus tours of Buenos Aires and its surrounds visit popular areas, such as La Boca. If you can stand the sunshine, then open-topped buses are best; some of the coach tours make it difficult to properly take in the scenery. Travel Line Argentina provides a wide range of tours, while Buenos Aires Tur offers a tour of the city as well as explorations outside.

Telephone: (011) 4393 9000 ; (011) 4371 2304.
Walking tours

The Buenos Aires tourist office stocks maps detailing 17 self-guided tours around the city's most appealing neighbourhoods. It also organises a programme of free, guided cultural walks in key areas of Buenos Aires, including those devoted to locations and attractions associated with Evita and local writer Jorge Luis Borges. Cicerones de Buenos Aires is a non-profit greeter programme for tourists to explore the city with a local resident. The guides are all volunteers who know and love their city.

Telephone: 0800 999 2838 ; (011) 5258 0909.

Excursions from Buenos Aires

San Antonio de Areco

Around 100km (60 miles) from Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is a rustic town that trades on its gaucho heritage. Souvenir shops sell gaucho handicrafts made from leather, silver and ceramics, and the town features leafy, stone-paved streets and buildings from the 19th century. One of these buildings is now the Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes, which recreates a traditional estancia (ranch), complete with gaucho artefacts. For a real estancia experience, nearby Los Dos Hermanos, (tel: (011) 4723 2880; www.estancialosdoshermanos.com) provides a warm welcome to visitors on day trips, but booking is essential.

Areco Tourist Office
Calle Arellano 115

Telephone: (02325) 1565 8300.
Tigre

A pleasant day trip from Buenos Aires, Tigre is a riverside town on an island in the Paraná Delta, just 30km (19 miles) away. The focus is at the Estación Fluvial (River Terminal), offering boat trips on the waterways of the Paraná Delta. Tigre is also home to one of South America's largest amusement parks, Parque de la Costa. Only a few blocks away from the station is the daily Puerto de Frutos (fruit market), which is now a market for local handicrafts. Trains leave from Buenos Aires's Retiro Station (Linea Mitre) regularly, and the journey takes 50 minutes.

Agencia de turismo Tigre
Calle Mitre 305

Telephone: (011) 4512 4400.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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