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Architecture Bike Tour Buenos Aires

We love bikes, the genuine contact with nature and culture and, of course, You have to do our Architecture Bike Tour Buenos Aires. With this tour we achieve to combine our passions and to describe them in this article by experiencing the Bike Architecture Tour through the City of Buenos Aires.

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The tour runs on Saturdays at 13 p.m. from the Botanical Garden, in the neighborhood of Palermo. This garden, called since 1937 “Carlos Thays” honoring the landscape designer who created it and that is close to the tree-covered parks (“bosques”) of the neighborhood of Palermo.

From this point we start the bike tour, after meeting the guide and the people who will come with us throughout the whole round, receiving an introductory talk about the city and the general recommendations on the bike use.

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Most people call Buenos Aires the “Paris of Latin America” or “The French City built by Italians” at the time when Argentina was considered one of the nations with greater economic boom between the years 1890 to 1930. This is also reflected in the architecture of the buildings observed during the excursion.

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Ride started around the Botanical garden towards the south of the City of Buenos Aires and sight-seeing some of the most well-known and emblematic city buildings such as the National Library, “El Ateneo Grand Splendid” (bookstore in an old theatre), “Barolo Palacio” (Stylish Building), the National Congress building, among others. The ride took approximately 5 hours ending in Palermo.

The Architectural Bike Tour throughout the City of Buenos Aires is an excellent option to have a greater comprehension of Buenos Aires and its architectural landscapes.


 Some Highlights of this tour and aditional information:

  • Start by cycling to the building where the Eva Perón museum resides
  • Learn the twisted history of Mario Palanti’s buildings in several stops, one of which directly influenced from Dante’s Inferno.
  • Witness the brutalist style of architecture of the National Library of Argentina and which famous political couple used to live on that property
  • Discover where much of the city’s water is filtered, one of the most detailed, eclectic buildings in Buenos Aires
  • Cycle from Colon Theatre to see the cúpulas of Congress and historic Avenida de Mayo
  • See one of the world’s most famous bookstores, El Ateneo.

 Fact Sheet

Inclusions

  • Minimun Pax Requirements: 1
  • Bilingual guide(s)
  • Bicycle – beach cruisers with comfy seats
  • Bell, basket and helmet
  • Water
  • Yerba mate – local traditional tea and a traditional Argentine merienda
  • Rain poncho & gloves – just in case!

Additional Information

  • Although we ride at an easy and comfortable pace, we ask that you at least know how to ride a bike.
  • Should you feel uncomfortable riding a bike, we may require you to ride a bit more before assuring that you’re comfortable with the bike before the tour begins.
  • Rain Policy- Customers are allowed to decide whether or not to reschedule the tour depending on the conditions of that morning. If he decides to cancel please tell them to contact us in short notice
  • Passengers must be 15 years of age or older to ride.

 

Andreas Madsen Museum El Chalten

Andreas Madsen Museum El Chalten is one of the great activities you can do during your trip. El Chalten means also Culture.

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Adventure and culture generally go together. Each place we visit has a history, culture and other appealing aspects that we will discover throughout the journey. This is what the Kallpa’s philosophy involves: the possibility of enjoying an active trip to the Argentine destinations and of closely experiencing the local culture and history.

This is why this moth we want to tell you about the new touristic attraction at “El Chaltén”. This is the guided visit to the manor of the former Estate Cerro Fitz Roy also known as Casa Madsen (Madsen House) which was owned by the Madsen family, pioneers of the area and its proposal is to inform travelers who visit El Chaltén, the activity generally developed by the first inhabitants of the area and especially the habitat of the Madsen family.

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Andreas Madsen was a Danish pioneer who arrived to the region in 1901. He was an active member of the Commissions on the Limits ruled by the Perito (technical specialist) Francisco P. Moreno. During 12 years he explored the area developing all sort of tasks, at the beginning for the Commissions and then for the Estates already set in the area.

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In 1912 he returned to his country of origin and married Stephanie Tomsenwith with whom he undertook the venture of living in the Patagonia until the last days of his life.

Andreas Madsen life is fascinating. He was a husband, father of family, sailor, tamer, writer,multilingual, among other characteristics of this Patagonian traveler who knew how to narrate in his books ‘La Patagonia Vieja’ (The Old Patagonia), ‘Cazando Pumas’ (Hunting Cougars), among others, as well as countless anecdotes that deserve to be told.

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Something that appeals to our attention is the Family House, built with materials from the area: wood, sheet metal and bricks stuck with adobe. The house is in the process of being restored respecting the original structure and the looks this used to have when inhabited by Andreas and Stephanie. In the guided visit we may appreciate the method used by the Patagonian Pioneers for building their homes which shows their sacrifice and work.

The House, surrounded by trees planted by the Madsen family, is also an excellent panoramic point of view for tourists to appreciate the beauty of the landscape, of the mountains and especially of the Massif Fitz Roy which named to the Estate built by Mr. Andreas.

Daily visits to the house start in October. There will be trips at 3pm and 6pm. Journey duration is 2 hours, with a cost of USD31 per person. This activity is suggested for people with a free afternoon at the Chaltén and who are interested in having a close encounter with the architecture, history and knowledge of one of the Pillars of the foundation of our beautiful Patagonia.

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A Day in the Countryside at Nibepo Aike

A Day in the Countryside at Nibepo Aike allows you to immerse in the life and activities of the Patagonian ranch houses. This experience is recommended for those travelers who do not have the possibility of staying at the lodge for two or more nights.

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Adventure starts from El Calafate where we take the gravel road Nr. 15, also known as ‘Camino de las Estancias’ (Walk of the Ranch Houses). This is a trip with the ‘Cerro Frías’ [mountain] as the leading protagonist, where it is frequent to come across foxes, hares and to even see condors. It is interesting to observe how, after crossing the Rico River, the landscape of steppe changes abruptly into an Andean landscape.

After traveling along this remarkable road and entering into the Los Glaciares National Park we contact the Roca Lake in its more eastern point and we reached the ranch house where we find the southern arm of Lago Argentino [Argentinian Lake]. The host guide welcomes us and takes us to the Quincho [rustic dining room], where we are welcomed with a hot beverage (tea, coffee or ‘mate’) and home-made pastries. There is no better welcome in a region where the cold seems to find its residence.

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We start the walk to visit Nibepo Aike’s facilities, an Estancia that in the past used to breed sheep and nowadays has become the most prestigious cattle ranch of Hereford, a type of cattle characteristic of these latitudes and that maintains a sheep shed.

There are several options on how to enjoy the day therefore we split in different groups according to our preferences, for example we chose a horse ride. From the horse stable, we get on the horses and we leave so as to explore the surrounding area, a ‘baqueano’ [local guide] comes with us. Baqueanos are expert people who know native places very well, where they generally live or develop themselves.

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Another group decided to make a walk surrounded by the impressive views of the Southern arm of Lago Argentino where you can observe several rock outcrops eroded by glaciers and changes in the lake levels. Earth crust folding is clearly observed differentiated among them by the variety of sediments that originated them. Along the walk it is also possible to observe the woodland of lengas and ñires, inhabited by caranchos [vultures], cachañas [small parrots], hares, woodpeckers, eagles and an abundant variety of flora and fauna characteristic of this region.

After hiking and riding the groups meet at the door of the shearing shed. From the shearing process up to the preparation of the wool bundle -the way how the wool is stored and transported- was explained in a relaxed and interesting demonstration. It struck our attention that they continue using a manual pair of scissors, as it used to be in the past in every estancia up to the appearance of a mechanical handle with a cutting comb -which is the system that is currently used. This demonstration allowed us to experience a trip to the past.

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Afterwards we enjoyed of ‘horse-reining’ by horsemen. According to the daily rural activities you may perform some farm work in the barnyard close to the main house. If you like the countryside life and want to extend the experience, it is possible, among the daily activities, to participate in the morning of cow milking and sheep herding in the afternoon, concluding in this way with a typical working day in the Estancia. These activities are not always performed since they depend on the weather conditions and activities developed in the Estancia.

Finally, the barbecue cook who is waiting for us with a spit roasted lamb is eagerly applauded, while our mouth waters, local stories and anecdotes from the first settlers come up.

When again at El Calafate, after having experienced the typical life of a Patagonian Estancia this gives us a wide perspective and a greater sense to the immense Patagonian landscapes characterized by their infiniteness and remoteness.

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