North or South Buenos Aires Bike Tour
- Duration: 4 hours
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We booked the tour including walking tour and meal as it was cheaper than booking the boat trip by itself. The walking tour was ok but very rushed and Maria walked as she spoke so it was difficult to hear her. I was very concerned about what we would do until it was time for the late ferry. The historical part of Colonia is very small and doesn’t take long to see. Fortunately we met done other people and shared the cost of hiring a golf buggy so we were able to get to the lovely beaches around the area etc. The meal, although adequate was just 2 courses with water or a soft drink. The lady serving was rather brusque and did not offer anything else. Overall I would recommend choosing the option without lunch to return on the earlier ferry as it was after 10.30 when we reached BA. We were also lucky to make new friends!
The check-in process for the crossing was very smooth if a bit long-winded but the voyage there and back was easy. The original guide dropped out at short notice but the company was able to organise an excellent replacement. One thing to note is that you don’t really need any Uruguayan pesos, and indeed many restaurants will give you a discount if you pay with a foreign (Visa) credit card. This is because foreigners do not have to pay a sales tax of 14.4%.
We bought ferry tickets across to Colonia for a day trip. I bought the tickets online through Get your Guide. The tickets were cheaper with Get your guide than at the port. We didn’t need to print anything out, just turn up at the port with our reservation number (sent by colonia express) and passports. It was a very efficient process, we didn’t have to queue to check in we could just print out tickets from the auto check in with our reservation number.
The tour and guide was very good, but the van had two languages that did not allow us to get full value. There was no effort to confirm this setup or give us options. There was no way the guide could impart all the info in the time allotted.
Only concern was the amount in the group. Should have been less as sometimes we could not hear the guide. The guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.