Why is Montevideo one of the most perfect cities to get to know on a bicycle? Maybe because of the rambla – an unbroken fifteen-mile long promenade (photo above) bordering the magnificent River Plate. Or because while it’s a capital city, comparatively it really does not have that much traffic, especially on weekends. Or because it’s basically flat so it’s easy riding.
Either way, rather than getting on a tourist bus, I’d definitely recommend checking out the city on a private bike tour.
Montevideo city bike tours
A full four-hour tour of Montevideo criss-crosses the parts of the city that most visitors go to and stops at a bunch of points for photo ops including:
- The rambla, miles upon miles of glorious cycle-friendly promenade along what the Uruguayans refer to as the sea
- Pocito beach, and time for a photo shoot at the emblematic “Montevideo” sign
- the Port of Buceo and the Naval Museum
- Parque Rodó, Uruguay’s picturesque park overlooking the River Plate
- Centenario Stadium where the first World Cup was played in 1930 (there’s a small charge to enter the stadium or the Uruguay Football Museum)
- Avenida 18 de Julio Montevideo’s high street
- The hundred year old Agricultural Market and its magnificent English-made wrought iron structure
- The National Assembly where Uruguay’s progressive legislation is signed into law
- A thorough exploration of the Old City (Ciudad Vieja), the oldest part of Montevideo
- As the tour is private you can tailor the tour for your needs and interest. So that it’s longer or shorter. More or less strenuous. Goes to green spaces rather than historical ones. You decide.
Meeting point and times
The tour starts on the corner of 21 de setiembre and Luis de la Torre streets in Punta Carretas.
Salkantay will meet you there with the bikes any day of the week from Monday to Friday in two time slots:
- Summer: 9am or 3pm
- Winter: 10am or 2pm
Salkantay have great staff and great bikes
The bikes -or bicis (BEE-sees) in Spanish- are a good local brand. They are well-maintained (NOT a given in this part of the world, believe me).
There’s a choice of bikes including city bikes, mountain bikes and bikes for children.
You’ll be provided with a helmet (helmets are obligatory in Uruguay), a lock and a map of Montevideo.
The Guru seal of approval
I’ve known the guys at Salkantay for a few years now. They specialise in outdoor and adventure tourism. And they are a serious outfit, friendly and with a focus on your safety.
Prices of bike tours
1 to 3 people: 50 USD per person
4 to 6 people: 40 USD
Over 7 people: 30 USD
In addition to bike tours, you can also rent one of Salkantay’s bikes with rental for a minimum of three hours. A full day rental costs 500 pesos. There are discounted rates for rentals over three days.
The rental includes delivery and pick-up of the bike where you are staying! #GottaLoveUruguay
Contact Salkantay Bici Tours
Contact Federico at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before you plan to ride to avoid disappointment.
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Photos: Salkantay, Pablo Viojo, El Coleccionista de Instantes Fotografía & Video