Tigre - Venice of the south

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Buenos Aires,
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tigre on the cheap!

Following Nadia's notes, I made it to Tigre and back for literally only a few pesos.

Miscommunication with Gouwe, a fellow GAP traveller who was going to join me today, meant that I got to the Retiro station at 10 am. Brought a 1.10 pesos ticket to the Bartolomé Mitre station which was at the end of the line. Reaching Mitre followed my nose to connect with the Trans de la Costa train. Hint: leave the train at Mitre, go up one level to the pedestrian overbridge to cross Avenida Maipú ahead of the Maipú station, then buy the ticket for the next more luxurious train than the one from Retiro to the Delta station in the town of Tigre.

The Tren de la Costa has two types of tickets, a direct Maipú – Delta service and another that allows the visitor off at various stations without paying any extra (you can descend into the station you want in the same direction, each station offers various forms of entertainment and enjoyment). The Tren de la Costa runs every twenty minutes daily.

Luckily I got on early and a seat as it soon became full with the "packaged" tourists who thankfully left the train after a few stops. Yes, it was a scenic trip along the coast to see inside both the front and back yards of the wealthier seas side houses plus various beach side parks.

On leaving the train at the Delta station, with the theme park as a possible distraction, one simply follows one nose and walk further around several hundred metres to where the boats leave for the Oarana Delta.

Inside the main building and directly opposite the tourist information office is the billolette office. At window 4, I got the return ferry ticket (approx 20 pesos). No need to take the more expensive tourist trips whose booking stalls literally litter the shore.

I had just missed the 11.30 am trip so had to wait an hour before the next departure at 12.45 pm.

Now which of the 3 boats to get on? I was ushered onto one and away we went expecting it to simply be a round trip. This boat was like the local bus which stopped to let on and off passengers at the various landings which dotted the canal system.

At Tres Bocas I was told by an English speaking passenger to get off and catch another boat back as the one that I was on did not return to Tigre. I was handed a map, well actually an advertising flyer of the restaurant’s menu, it showed a circular walking route around the island houses. Oh well, I had time so why not! The walk way in front of the houses soon turned into a track with several muddy sections to negotiate. Yes, the map was right and clearly indicated the track section. The forecast today was for 90% rain so I had my now smooth sole Crocs on. Not the best for the muddy sections but at least no rain.

Got back to the landing to realise that I had just missed a boat so that meant another hour’s wait. As long as I am back in BA by 6 pm.

Today was a day of waiting but not to worry on my last full day here in South America as tomorrow will be a long travel day back to Auckland, New Zealand.

At 3.30 pm 2 boats came along and soon we were back in Tigre. A couple of hundred metre walk to the clock tower where the Tigre station (different one from the Delta line) is located. To my surprise 3 other Antarctica passengers were on the same train and we all made it back to Retiro station just after by 5 pm. Another round of farewells and subte back to Est Callao. Yes, made it just after 6 pm. Paid and got the hotel’s internet user number and pass word, quick shower and started the uploading process of the better 140 Antarctica images while I was away tangoing.
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