Tigre, Argentina – The Venice of Argentina – Top Attractions
Often referred to as the “Venice” of Argentina, Tigre is where the city dwellers of Argentina reconnect with the water and escape from the frenzy of the big city. Only 45 minutes north of downtown Buenos Aires by train, Tigre is a long time favorite get-away spot for artists, writers, diplomats and locals from Buenos Aires who want to get closer to mother nature.
With 5,405 square miles, the Tigre Delta is among the largest in the world, and is the starting point for a visit to the Parana River Delta. It is also one of the only deltas in the world that does not link to a sea or ocean. The town of Tigre sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers.
Founded in 1820, the area was first settled by Europeans who came to farm the land and hunt the jaguars (refered to as tigers). The area was developed to bring fruit and wood upstream on the Parana River to the main cities of Argentina.
Although the main activies for locals is a tour on a water taxi, there are many other things to do to fully explore and enjoy Tigre. Consider the following exciting things to do:
1. Parque de la Costa Amusement Park
A waterfront amusement park next to Tigre train station, this is the largest theme park in Argentina featuring over 30 rides and four roller coasters, with speeds up to a thrilling 80km/hr. In addition to the rides, the park has an amphitheater, bumper cars, laser tag, and numerous performances throughout the high season. (www.Parquedelacosta.com.ar)
2. Mercardo de Frutos (Fruit Port)
A popular riverside market with stalls offering rustic fabrics, furniture, accessories, local foods, fresh and artifical flowers and regional arts and crafts. This market, was at one time, integral to the early development of the region. It is only a 10-minute walk from the Tigre train station. (www.puertodefrutos-arg.com.ar)
Kayak solo or take a guided group tour. Kayaks could be rented from the rowing club opposite the boat station. Paddle across the main drag of the Lujan River and experience the waterplants, birds and diverse nature from up close. Navigate your way to a side stream, in order to experience the calm waters away from the intimidating waves of the larger tour boats. While kayaking, be on the lookout for a nice spot to lunch and park your kayak at a dock when it’s time for a well deserved break. (www.puroremo.com.ar)
4. Museo de Arte Tigre (Tigre Art Museum)
With its stunningly ornate promenade constructed in 1912, this building was initially opened as a social club for wealthy bohemians. The building eventually was abandoned and reopened in 2006 as a museum and refurbished with gorgeous marble, bronze and stained glass. (www.mat.gov.ar)
5. El Museo del Mate (Mate Museum)
This is the only mate (pronounced mat-ay) museum in the world. For anyone interested in the national hot tea-like drink, mate, loved and adored by all Argentinians, plan a to visit the Mate Museum. Guided tours offer insight into the history of the drink and include a free tasting. (www.elmuseodelmate.com.ar)
6. Museo Naval de la Nacion (National Naval Museum)
The National Naval Museum is devoted to Argentinian naval history. Exhibits provide insight to the relationship between man and sea from a historical and political perspective. For history and war enthusiasts, this museum is an interesting digression. (www.ara.mil.ar)
7. Trielenium Casino
Gambling enthusiasts can enjoy this three floor casino, home to an impressive 1, 846 slot machines, 77 gaming tables and a plush VIP hall. With live shows featuring jazz, blues and tango, as well as seven restaurants, this venue has much to offer for non-gamblers as well.
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