La Bicicleta Naranja

Renting Bikes in San Telmo

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In this video we show you where to rent bikes in San Telmo. Follow along as we ride over to the Costanera Sur for some street food, through the nature reserve and then over to the Parque Mujeres Argentinas to check out the beautiful rose garden with Puerto Madero’s skyscrapers in the background.

Just a few blocks away from San Telmo Loft is La Bicicleta Naranja (The Orange Bike). You can’t miss it. Right on the corner of Balcarce and Pasaje Giuffra, next to the University of Cinema and one of our favorite breakfast spots, Pride Cafe, you’ll see a line of orange bikes with little black baskets.

Map from San Telmo Loft to La Bicicleta Naranja

San Telmo Loft to La Bicicleta Naranja

Then it’s a short ride down Estados Unidos to the Constanera Sur where you’ll see all of the parilla stands grilling meat and serving up sandwiches with chimichuri sauce. The Nature Reserve is right after the Costanera.

Bike Rental Rates from La Bicicleta Naranja

We rented two bikes at the hourly rate. We were out for about 3 hours so the total came to 36 pesos (about $9 US). We’ve seen other bike rental spots in the neighborhood but went with the orange bikes because they are well maintained and their rates are better if you’re going out for more than an hour. The other spot has old rickety bikes and rents them out for 10 pesos an hour with no reduced rates for longer timeframes. Here are La Bicicleta Naranja’s rates. (They also have tandem bicycles at slightly higher rates.)

Hourly Rate – 12 pesos (about $3 US)
Half Day (4 hours) – 42 pesos (about $10 US)
Daily Rate – 72 pesos (about $18 US)

When you rent your bike, be sure you pick up one of La Bicicleta Naranja’s great maps with routes of interest highlighted.

La Bicicleta Naranja's Map

La Bicicleta Naranja’s Map

Bike Tours with La Bicicleta Naranja

You can rent a bike without a guide or take one of La Bicicleta Naranja’s several guided tours. The guides are trilingual and the riding is not difficult since Buenos Aires is pretty flat.

The tour that covers most of the area we visited is called Buenos Aires al Sur (Buenos Aires to the South). It starts in San Telmo, and covers La Boca, the famous Bombonera (Boca Juniors Stadium), the Costanera in Puerto Madero and the Reserva Ecologica (nature reserve). The other tour that starts here in San Telmo heads north and is called Buenos Aires al Norte, of course. Both tours cost 105 pesos (about $26 US) and last between 3 and 4 hours. There are two tours each day from Monday to Friday starting at 9:30AM or at 2:00PM. On Saturdays and Sundays, there’s one tour which starts at 2:00PM.

La Bicicleta Naranja's Tours

La Bicicleta Naranja’s Tours

Bike Tours in Palermo

La Bicicleta Naranja has a second location in Palermo on Nicaragua, 4825. Two tours take off from this location: Buenos Aires Aristocratico (Aristocratic Buenos Aires) and Buenos Aires Lagos y Bosques (Buenos Aires Lakes and Tours). These tours also cost 105 pesos (about $26 US) and they leave from the Palermo location every Monday – Saturday at 2:00PM.

There are other tour companies here in Buenos Aires that give bike tours. Have you guys ever tried any of the others? Got any recommendations?

2 Comments To This Article… add one

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia

    July 18, 2010, 12:58 am Reply

    So I must ask: did you pose that kissing couple out front? It’s just too perfect!!!

  • Angela

    July 18, 2010, 10:37 am Reply

    Nope. We got a couple of pictures of them leading up to the kiss, too. If we put them all together, we could do a short video clip. You know, that street is packed w/ film students. They’re so used to seeing cameras I don’t think they even notice anymore. Lucky for us, they don’t mind getting caught kissing!

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