Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Day Two: Argentina – Train to the Delta, Tigre


The romantic idea of this being part of the world untouched, the meeting of river to sea by the South American rainforests is far from reality…


Our first official day in Argentina we headed out of Buenos Aires to Tigre; the Delta just one hour north by train. The journey was impeccably easy and rather enjoyable – arriving in Tigre just before midday. The sun was becoming formidable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigre,_Buenos_Aires

Here, once the port for buying, selling, importing and exporting fresh fruit and vegetables – today the Fruit Market (star attraction) is a place for arts, crafts, souvenirs, and designer gear. You can purchase some excellently priced and well-crafted products, much better than you can find in Buenos Aires.

While in Tigre it is worth jumping on a tour boat to explore the delta; though after decades of habitation and development – it is little more than a tourist trap. You get to see wonderful riverside private residencies with their own boat docks. You can also prepare to take a snap of a house encased in glass – (why?) Yes, the first property ever built there.

Tour guides; travel books and websites neglect to give the truth of Tigre. The romantic idea of this being part of the world untouched, the meeting of river to sea by the South American rainforests is far from reality. Instead brown waters surround little isles owned by the wealthy as locals row their boats and kids on vacation jump in and out of the river.




Day two was over – the next day off to Iguaçu – Christmas was nearing and we were expecting to see at least something of what we read.

COSTS:
Train Return Tigre: AR$8
Tour Boat: AR$ 25 each
Lunch in Tigre: AR$62