Manilans would often say that Intramuros is too congested, leaving no room for fun — but a bike trip around the walled city might change your mind. Enter the Bambike.
We took it for a spin and explored Old Manila’s walls, its sites and gates with our guide Rey. The tour lasted for more than two hours. The places we visited were far by foot but it became more convenient with the help of the bikes.
At 10:00 a.m., we watched a video about the Bambike with the owner explaining his core business and the people behind these bamboo bikes who are directly benefiting from this social enterprise.
Our guide Rey instructed us to pedal around the fountain of Casa de Manila before giving a commentary about Philippine architecture using Casa de Manila as an example. We stopped by nearby San Agustin and then headed to the gallery of past presidents, Puerta Real, the Parian Gate, Plaza Mexico and Manila Cathedral, before doing a tour of Fort Santiago.
The bike that was assigned to me was the Ligtasin Cove. You’d have to backpedal to stop, which proved to be a challenge for me, as my last long bike ride was more than five years ago.
The idea of taking a bike to explore Intramuros is fresh and bold. We have to start somewhere if we want to claim the streets from all the trucks, cars and jeepneys. After so many years, it’s just good to be back on a bike. Not bad at all!
Bambike | Ecotours
Plaza San Luis Complex
Real St. corner General Luna St.
Intramuros, Manila 1002
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