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Delta del Tigre


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After a journey of over 4,000 kilometers, from the Cataratas del Iguazu (Iguazu Falls) to the Río de la Plata, the waters of the Río Parana divide into innumerable smaller rivers and canals to form the Delta del Tigre. Just 32 kilometers from the heart of the city of Buenos Aires, the Delta del Tigre offers a beautiful wildlife retreat. Visitors can either relax at a cabin or spa on one of the islands, enjoy fine dining overlooking the river, go for a boat ride, or enjoy the diverse attractions on land in the city of Tigre.

The area was first settled after the second founding of the city of Buenos Aires by Juan de Garay. Documents from 1580 indicate the lands had been distributed to Spanish colonizers. However, nearly three centuries later, when Domingo Faustino Sarmiento inspected the area while fulfilling his role as chief of the Department of Schools, the area was sparsely populated. Sarmiento fell in love with the delta and constructed the first of the typical wooden houses now seen throughout the delta. He was instrumental in the development of the area, arranging for the land to be parcelled and encouraging residents of Buenos Aires to purchase land and construct homes in the delta. The artistocracy of Buenos Aires followed Sarmiento’s lead and purchased entire islands and built homes for weekend getaways or investment.

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No weekend would have been complete without social and recreational activities; therefore, several clubs, such as the Buenos Aires Rowing Club, Club de Regatas La Marina, and Tigre Club, constructed beautiful club houses on the riverfronts. The most popular sport was rowing, but the clubs all offered other sports and social activities.

Today, Delta del Tigre offers visitors many choices. The natural beauty and lush vegetation make it an ideal spot to stay at one of the many lodging options available or relax for a day at one of the area’s spas. Boating activities can range from renting a row boat, canoe or kayak to touring the rivers in a long motor boat or catamaran.

There are numerous restaurants on the riverbanks that you can simply walk to, or you can take one of the long motor boats, which operate like a bus line, to a restaurant on one of the islands.

Attractions on dry land include shopping at the Puerto de Frutos, visiting any of the several museums in the area, taking a fun ride at the amusement park, Parque de la Costa, or trying your luck at the Trilenium Casino.

Estación Tigre – Tren de la Costa

Avenida Mitre and Perú

Hours from Tigre: Monday – Thursday, 6:40 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every 20 minutes

Friday, 6:40 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every 20 minutes

Weekends, 8 a.m. to 11:40 p.m., every 20 – 30 minutes

Daily Passes (with intermediate stops): One-way - $12, Round-trip, $24

The scenic 15.5 kilometer route of this touristic train borders the Río de la Plata and travels through the most picturesque neighborhoods of Zona Norte, the northern sector of the Greater Buenos Aires area. The 25 minute route runs from Tigre to Maipú station in Olivos and has nine stations in between, all of which can be a destination in themselves where you can find restaurants, shopping and marinas. To return to Buenos Aires, at Maipú station you can cross over to the Línea Mitre railway and take a train from the Bartolome Mitre station to Retiro, or catch bus 152 or 60 running along Avenida Maipú.

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Estación Tigre – TBA Linea Mitre

Bourdieu and Enciso

Hours from Tigre: Weekdays, 3:40 a.m. to 11:37 p.m., every 10 minutes

Saturdays, 4:16 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., every 15 minutes

Sundays & holidays, 5:04 a.m. to 11:39 p.m., every 30 minutes

Fares: One-way, $1.35; round-trip, $2.70

This commuter train connects Tigre with the Retiro train station located just minutes, and walking distance, from downtown Buenos Aires.

Estación Fluvial Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

Avenida Mitre and Morales

This fluvial station centralizes many of the motorboat, water taxi, and catamaran services that take passengers to the numerous islands in the Tigre river delta. Organized excursions to specific points in the delta are also available. Companies have different routes, so its best to visit the different stands and compare before deciding which option to select. There is also a tourist information booth at the south end of the station.

Puerto de Frutos

Sarmiento 160, 4512-4493

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission Fees: Free

This fruit and crafts market is one of the popular points of interest in Tigre, attracting locals and residents of Buenos Aires who come to shop for fresh produce, locally produced foods such as canned fruit and jams, wicker and rustic-style furniture, home decoration items and artisans’ crafts. The area is surrounded by several restaurants with good views of the river.

Parque de la Costa

General B. Mitre 2, 4002-6000

This classic amusement park has all the traditional attractions: ferris wheel, roller coaster, water rides, bumper cars, bumper boats, merry-go-round, and many other rides and activities. Hours and admission fees vary during the year.

Trilenium Casino

Perú 1385, 4731-7001

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning

Thursday – Sunday, open 24 hours

Admission Fees: Free

The 22,000 square meters of this casino are spread over three floors with 1,900 slot machines, 74 game tables, 7 restaurants and a theater showcasing first rate performances.

Museo de Arte Tigre

Paseo Victorica 972, 4512-4528

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Weekends & holidays, 12 noon to 7 p.m.

Guided Tours (40 minutes): Wednesday – Friday, 1:15 & 4:15 p.m.

Weekends & holidays, 1, 3, & 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: $5, children under 12 – free

Located in the former Tigre Hotel, the seven rooms of this classic building of the Belle Epoque era house national art pieces from the late 19th and the 20th century, including landscapes, still lifes, portraits and river scenes such as those painted by Benito Quinquela Martin. Its gardens and outdoor terraces overlooking the River Luján are as beautiful as the building. The building and its grounds were declared a National Historic Monument in 1979.

Museo de la Prefectura Naval Argentina

Liniers 1264, 4749-6161

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon & 2 to 6 p.m.

Admission Fees: Free

This museum, housed in an older stately home, has several rooms which highlight the different aspects of the national coast guard: history, uniforms, arms and explosives, communications, salvage and scuba diving, fire fighting, navigation-aviation, ports and more.

Museo Naval de la Nación

Paseo Victorica 602, 4749-0608

Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Weekends & holidays, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Admission Fees: $2, children 4 to 14 years old $1

This well preserved building was constructed to serve as the Navy’s first workshop. It now houses a naval museum to make the public aware of the Navy’s history, tradition, culture and maritime activities. The museums’ collection features 200 scale model ships, antique charts, nautical instruments, weapons of all ages, original documents, furnishings and uniforms.

Museo de la Reconquista

Padre Castañeda 470, 4512-4496

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission Fees: Free

This museum has halls dedicated to the memory of the defense of Buenos Aires during the English invasions which took place in 1806 and 1807. Other halls deal with the history of the municipality of Tigre and its parroquial church, and the history of Tigre Hotel and the Tigre Club. The adjacent building has a library, administrative offices and a small auditorium for conferences and concerts.

Museo Sarmiento

On the Río Sarmiento – 35 minutes by motor boat, 4728-0570

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission Fees: Free

For thirty years this was the home of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, educator, journalist, writer, politician and President of Argentina from 1868 – 1874. He had a significant impact on the development of the Tigre Delta area into what we see today. This was the first home constructed in what has become the classic wooden river houses along the banks of the numerous rivers and creeks. Sarmiento is also responsible for planting wicker and the pecan trees which now abound in the area. The house is now a museum and library. It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1966. To preserve the house, it has been completely encased in glass.

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