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Nature, culture, amusements and old stories on the riverside.

At only 19 miles from the bustling Buenos Aires, the Tigre river’s Delta is the perfect spot to meet nature and history. Here, the Paraná river opens up creating its own delta with a multiplicity of channels, streams and (other) rivers. It is easy to get there. Just take the Tren de la Costa (=Coastal Train) at Maipú station and get off at Delta station. Once there, the choices are so many… You may choose between a tailor-made tour or you may take one of the motor boats that function as actual buses, helping the islanders to move freely between the islands and the city. During the tour, you may visit an area of islands inter-connected by bridges or roads; you may get close to a little white house that is currently protected by a crystal casket which belonged to President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in the 19th century; visit Haroldo Conti houses facing Gambado stream or Rodolfo Walsh’s on Carapachay river; dine at a typical riverside restaurant or just wander about under the splendid wiping willows. On the riverside, options are also many: the Parque de la Costa amusement park, the Trilenium casino, the Marcos Sastre villa, the building of the Club de Remo, also known as Tigre Hotel; the pergolas at Manuel Belgrano Square or the National Navy Museum. Before returning, you should dedicate some hours to do some shopping at the Mercado de Frutos, a famous and popular market that occupies many streets, with stands and stores offering rustic fabrics, furniture, accessories, delicatessen, natural and artificial flowers, pictures and paintings and, of course, all the variety of local fruits.

 

In order to enjoy a horizon with no limits, departing from the city to the north, the best route consists in taking the Paseo de la Costa, in Vicente López. A bit further, you shall see the silhouette of the Millennium End Monument and, once in La Lucila, the small Ecological Reserve where you could observe more than 200 bird varieties. At this stage, the Tren de la Costa gets close to the riverside… at an old railway branch that used to connect Tigre’s town with Buenos Aires city. In the way, San Isidro’s station is an obliged stop. According to the legend, it was Juan de Garay –founder of the city of Buenos Aires- who plotted this land and, later in 1706, Domingo de Acassuso decided to build there a chapel under the protection of St. Isidore, the Farmer. San Isidro’s Cathedral –with a neogothic style- was inaugurated in 1898. It is worth visiting it. Very close, it is the Pueyrredón Museum and, in the direction of Tigre, the Villa Ocampo, a 19th century residence surrounded by a magnificent garden that belonged to the Argentine writer Victoria Ocampo. Upon the arrival to Tigre, the visit to the Puerto de Frutos marks the end of the train journey but the commencement of a new experience in the river.

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