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Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Things to do |

Bambike Ecotours: Intramuros

Bambike Ecotours: Intramuros

There’s a buzz going on that bikes made by our fellow Tarlacquenos are now part of the whole campaign to revive Old Manila.

Gaining a lot of local and international attention including CNN, Bambike is at the center of Bambike Ecotours Intramuros.

The Bikes

The first thing you need to know is this: the bike is a feature in itself.

Bambikes are handcrafted bamboo bikes built by skilled men of Gawad Kalinga Victoria, Tarlac. It takes about five weeks to build one so you can just imagine how intricate the whole process is.

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Handcrafted bamboo bike on display at the Bambike Ecotours bikeshop.

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A Mira Nila bambike in the store front.

Before you head out for the tour, be warned that the bikes will constantly amaze people. Really!

It is common, our sweeper Ryan told us, that you’ll go back to your parked bikes with people crowding around it.

The Tour

The Bambike Ecotours Intramuros is an educational ecotour where guests get to ride on bamboo bikes around the walled city. Its 10km course covers 10 stops and some very interesting information on the building of the city, a Chinese pirate’s invasion, and hundreds of unearthed prisoners of war, to name a few.

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Note that you are not only gaining knowledge and seeing the city, you are also burning a lot of unwanted calories!

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Cruising along the great walls of Intramuros.

The whole tour is the first of its kind in the city, usually the tours are either explored on foot

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or on a kalesa, a traditional horse-driven carriage.

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By the banks of the Pasig River, the lifeline of the great kingdoms that once stood during the Prehispanic times.

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In one of the stops near the Manila Catheral, Bryan shares the history and the power the church has on the state during the Spanish era.

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government offices and universities.

It could possibly be the funnest, greenest, and fittest way to explore the city. Plus the founder of Bambike himself, Bryan McClelland, might just lead your tour!

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Bryan McClelland, founder of Bambike.

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Operating hours: 09:00AM – 06:00PM, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Tour Schedules: 10:00AM – 12:30NN and 03:00PM – 05:30PM.

Please arrive 30 minutes before for the briefing.

 

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Tour Packages

Standard Tour is 2.5 hours including 10 sights at P1,200.00/head.

Express Tour is 1 hour starting at P600.00/head.

Special tours may also be arranged.

All tour packages are inclusive of bike and helmet rental, a bottle of water, and entrance fees.
 
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Find them at:

Plaza San Luis Complex
Real Street corner General Luna St.
Intramuros, Manila 1002
Philippines

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Get in touch with them

via landline: (632) 525 8289

via email: ecotours@bambike.com.

For more info, visit the website or like their facebook page.

More photos uploaded at www.mymobilelifetv.com here!

 

photos and story by: Diana R. Prado of www.dianarprado.com
maps, logo and bike stats by: Bambike Ecotours