Just an hour north by train, Tigre is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. Perfect for a weekend day trip to take in the waterways of the Parana Delta, Tigre is a lovely place to pass a summer afternoon. We liked it so much we visited twice during our time in Buenos Aires.
A popular weekend getaway for Portenos, a boat cruise allows you to see life on the waterways and the various amazing properties on the delta. There are a number of cruises to choose from, all reasonably priced. We ended up taking two different tours that allowed us to see more of the area. The first tour we did was in a bigger boat and just covered the main channel. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to see more, so we decided to take one of the longer delta boats which was great, as we saw a lot more of the smaller waterways and properties in the area. It’s really interesting to see the water coming right up to the edges of the gardens and parks. We also passed quite a few vessels that had been left abandoned, sinking lower and lower into the water, their glory days as part of the waterway traffic a distant memory.
There’s more to Tigre than just the boat tours. We walked around the main part of the town in a couple of hours and it was a beautiful walk of small inlets, tree-lined streets and beautiful houses. Then a short walk from the station, you can also visit Puerto de Frutos where all the restaurants, shops and markets stalls can be found.
The food on offer in Tigre wasn’t anything amazing, with the usual Argentine selection of steak, more steak or pizza. So we had something boring to eat but made up for it by ending the day with a cold beer or three next to the water, letting the world pass us by while admiring the view and enjoying the sunshine.
Tigre is a great getaway from the inner city living (chaos) of Buenos Aires.