With its scenic waterways, riverside fun fair, and lively handicrafts market, the charming provincial town of Tigre offers a welcome change of pace from nearby Buenos Aires. Located on the Tigre Delta at the meeting point of the Paraná River and the Río de la Plata estuary, it’s a popular choice for a day trip from the capital.
The highlight of a visit to Tigre is a boat cruise around the Tigre Delta, a scenic expanse of marshlands dotted with islands, traditional stilt houses, and floating markets. The town itself is easy to explore on a walking tour, taking in the harborside market and colonial architecture, or visiting the Parque de la Costa theme park.
Day tours from Buenos Aires often combine a visit to Tigre with the nearby colonial town of San Isidro. For the best value, combine a half-day tour of Tigre with a Buenos Aires city tour, an evening tango show, or a sightseeing cruise along the Rio de la Plata.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The town has a few notable museums, including the Tigre Art Museum and the Mate Museum, devoted to Argentina’s famous tea.
- Water sports like kayaking and wakeboarding are enjoyed along the river during the summer months.
- There are a number of cafés and restaurants located around the marketplace.
How to Get to There
The Argentine town of Tigre lies in the Tigre Delta, about 20 miles (50 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires. It is connected to the capital by regular trains (45 minutes from Buenos Aires’ central station) or by boat from the Puerto Madero docks (summer only).
When to Get There
Weekends can get busy in Tigre, especially during the summer months, but the crowds also add to the atmosphere, particularly at the daily market. Boat cruises run year-round, but activities like kayaking are only available during the summer and the Parque de la Costa theme park is only open on weekends. Sunset cruises around the Delta make for stunning photos.
Cruising the Tigre Delta
The Tigre Delta is one of the world’s largest natural deltas, stretching over 5,400 square miles (14,000 square kilometers), and takes its name from the wild tigers and jaguars that once roamed the area. The islands, forests, and villages of the delta are reachable only by boat, and the canal banks are lined with stilted houses, yacht clubs, and luxury villas, including the house of former Argentina president Sarmiento.