The Argentine capital is well known for its gourmet cuisine, fabulous shopping, frenzied nightlife and top-drawer activities – but when weary porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) wish to escape the commotion of the big city, the town of Tigre and its surrounding delta region make for the perfect weekend getaway.
35km north of Buenos Aires, the Tigre Delta
is among the world’s largest deltas, and is unique in that it is one of the
only ones in the world that doesn’t flow directly into the ocean. It turns into
the Río del Plata, a river and estuary that borders the city of Buenos Aires
and separates Argentina from Uruguay.
is made up of thousands of remote islands, streams and canals that provide the
perfect atmosphere for those seeking a quiet retreat. The only way to get
around is on the water. If you don’t have your own boat, you can take water
taxis and ferries.
While the town of Tigre is charming, most people head straight to the
delta where the latte-coloured waters are rich with iron from the jungle
streams that flow from inland South America. Boat rides deep into the delta
offer peeks at local stilt houses and colonial mansions, and you can hike along
peaceful trails. All along the shorelines are signs of water-related activity,
from kayaking to wakeboarding, boating to fishing.
Many lodgings are located throughout the region and travellers on a
budget should look into renting a cabin. Since many accommodate
up to eight people, larger cabins are a great option for a trip with friends.
For a more pampering getaway, try a chic resort or spa, like the Isla Escondida Spa which
offers spa services and fine dining in beautiful surroundings.
For the more adventurous, El Dorado Kayaks organises
multi-day kayak trips through the remote canals of the delta, camping on remote
islands along the way.
If you wish to visit on a day trip, Safari
Delta offers private tours in a small boat, allowing access to narrower
canals and remote parts of the delta.
Trains travel between the Retiro train station in Buenos Aires and the
train station in Tigre on the hour each day, taking just under an hour each way.
Tim Fitzgerald is the
Buenos Aires Localite for BBC Travel. He also writes gringoinbuenosaires.com.