Cycling in Latin America has become increasingly popular as a convenient, eco-friendly, and cost-effective means of transportation within cities. Many urban areas now offer dedicated bike lanes and improved safety measures to encourage cycling and reduce traffic congestion. Additionally, some cities implement Ciclovia Sunday initiatives, where major streets are closed to cars, allowing cyclists and pedestrians to freely enjoy these routes. This biking revolution has transformed the urban landscape, making cycling a fun and healthy way to explore the vibrant cities of Latin America.
Moreover, on Sundays, you can experience the joy of cycling along famous streets, thanks to the growing Ciclovia Sunday initiatives that turn major arterials car-free for bikers. It’s a wonderful way to explore the urban landscape and stay active!
Best Latin America Cities for Biking
Every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bogotá shuts down 120km of streets and highways, handing them over to cyclists, runners, and walkers. Furthermore, Cali and Medellin have adopted a Sunday ciclovia scheme after witnessing its popularity.
From 8 am to 2 pm each Sunday, more than 55km of city streets are closed to traffic. Grab a shared bike and enjoy coasting from Chapultepec to the Zocalo!
The Ecuadorian capital hosts its famous ciclopaseo (cycle-stroll) every Sunday. The city closes the main north-south arterial to vehicular traffic from 8 am to 2 pm.
Cycling in one of the world’s largest cities may seem daunting. However, every Sunday from 7 am to 6 pm, the city sets up pop-up bicycle lanes, enabling locals and visitors alike to safely explore downtown.
Rio de Janeiro
An excellent shared bike system and more than 450km of cycle lanes have transformed Rio into one of the world’s great cycling cities!
The Argentine capital already has more than 250km of bike lanes and is aiming to boost daily trips by bike to 1 million in 2023! The bike-sharing system makes exploring by bike even more appealing!
From 8 am to 12 pm every Sunday, the city-wide BiciRuta takes place along Paseo Montejo. Lined with stunning colonial mansions, this is one of the most picturesque avenues of the city.
Explore Latin America by Bike
There are lots of different ways you can explore South America by bike! Ask us about bike tours available on your holiday – these are a fun and immersive way of getting to know a city. Alternatively, use local shared bike systems to get around town! Not only will you be getting exercise and saving on cab fares – you will gain a much better sense of the geography and layout of the city when biking.
And for true biking enthusiasts, there are always more in-depth explorations in Latin America! Join a cycling tour of Cuba. Alternatively, tackle Argentina’s Route 40. Give your legs and lungs a workout biking through the Andes. In fact, we have met people who cycled over 10,000km from Tierra del Fuego to the northernmost tip of Colombia. Cycling in Latin America offers endless adventures!
So, whether you are a biking novice or a full-blown obsessive, there are multiple ways to cycle through Latin America. Talk to the team at Contours Travel about including a bike tour on your next holiday…and if all this sounds like too much hard work, there is always the option of an e-bike!