Rivers of Tigre

Hello folks. Today I’m looking back to November last year when I spent a week in Buenos Aires. But I did get the chance to take one day trip out of the hustle and bustle of one of South America’s biggest cities. And after a few days in BA you get the need for a change of pace.

Tigre is 32 kilometres north of Buenos Aires. It’s a bit of a sleepy town where you’ll find plenty of tourists visiting. The people of the region however have their lives to live too, and they live on the rivers and canals. It’s not Venice, rather it’s a combination of waterplay and greenery.

All aboard the Tren de la Costa!
Maipu Station.
On the train we pass through a station that has seen better days.

To get to Tigre from Buenos Aires we took a train out to the Station Maipu. From there we transferred to the Tren de la Costa (the Coastal Train) and we enjoyed a journey along the coast. Did you get that it went along the coast? The train ride is nice enough although I was expecting it to be special, which in fairness, it probably wasn’t.

Lujan River, Tigre

The train station at Tigre was a little way from the centre of town. We walked from there to the River Lujan where we found the terminal for the boats that go into the local delta – which is the principal reason people come to town.

Central Tigre, main street.
Inside the Matte Museum.

The town itself has a few eateries, a couple of banks, it was pleasant enough. We visited the Matte Museum. Matte is a special infusion style drink that is very popular all over Argentina. There was a video and lots of matte pots and containers. It only took up 20 minutes.

There is an art museum in town somewhere too, I think it was closed, and a couple of other things, but after grabbing some seriously good hot dogs from a small riverside stall, we were ready to take the boat into the delta.

Now that looked like hard work to me!
This is how the boats fill up!
This boat ain’t going nowhere!

The boat was quite low and not much good for photography. We whizzed along the rivers – some of the houses out there were big and looked like the summer play houses of the rich and famous. There were piers everywhere too, there were certainly a lot of houses. And canals as well.

Sarmiento House

We took the boat up the river until we reached Sarmiento House. An old colonial wooden house in a sort of large net for people to visit, attached to a sort of cultural centre and library. From 1855 – 1888 Domingo Sarmiento, the 7th President of Argentina.

We then had to wait a long time for a boat back – we were starting to worry we would end up stuck there, but in the end a boat swept by and took us back to Tigre.

Tigre is not full of things to see and do, however, it really is a pleasant location and zooming around the delta is well worth a few hours. It was a great day away from Buenos Aires! Thanks for reading – May the Journey Never End!


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