Excursions from Buenos Aires

Tigre and Parana Delta

A very popular destination, even among "porteños", is actually a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Even though there are some pre-arranged tours that may take you there, it's really easy (and safe) to go on your own. Just head for Retiro Train Station, and ask for a ticket to Tigre. It costs no more than 1 peso each way. This is a commuter's train, but it is the best line in the city. Tigre is the last station, about a 50-55 min ride. Another way to go would be to get a train to B. Mitre (departing from Retiro also, but it has a lower frequency) or any bus that takes you there, and then use the "Tren de la Costa". This line runs almost paralell to the first one, but has a more touristic view. It isn't as cheap, but the good thing about it is that you can get down at any station you want (San Isidro with its Cathedral and its cobblestone streets might be a good option if you feel like exploring these Buenos Aires sorroundings), and then hop on the train again heading to Delta Station (which is roughly 300m. away from Tigre Station).

What to do there? Well, Tigre is mostly about water, but not all. Walk by the coast to get a view of the area, with it's old houses, rowing clubs and restaurants, and then catch one of the many boat services for a tour at the river's delta. Many of them offer lunch at small restaurants on the islands (these restaurants are often called "recreos"). Ask for special activities, such as rowing or water skiing.

As said, not all is water.   If not into that, the local craft's market, called "Mercado de Frutos" might be worth a visit. Tigre is more about open-air kind of fun, but if you get tired of the sun, the recently opened Museo de Arte de Tigre (the local Fine Arts Museum) offers a small but beautiful collection of some of the best Argentine artists. Plus the building itself is an old piece of art. You could get lucky at Trillenium Casino, not far from there, or have fun at the amusement park "Parque de la Costa". 

San Antonio de Areco 

Around 100km (60 miles) from Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is a rustic town with leafy streets that trades on its

gaucho heritage. Gauchos are, or were, the Argentine cowboys who work on the estancias (cattle ranches) of the Pampas. The gaucho traditions have almost entirely died out, except where maintained for the benefit of tourists. There are many souvenir shops selling mainly gaucho handicrafts made from leather, silver and ceramics, and the town has preserved many of the stone-paved streets, mansions and buildings from the 19th century.

One of these buildings is now the Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes, which recreates a traditional estancia, complete with gaucho artefacts. Better still is a visit to a real estancia. Nearby Los Dos Hermanos (www.estancialosdoshermanos.com) provides a warm welcome to visitors on day trips, but bookings are essential. Horseriding is the real reason to visit, although sulkys (traditional, horse-drawn carriages) are available for those who don't want to ride. Buses to San Antonio de Areco leave daily from Plaza Once and the Retiro bus terminal and the journey takes two hours.

For further information, visit Areco Tourist Office, Calle Arellano 115.


(02325) 1565 8300.

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