A day trip to Tigre
3/23/17 - 3/23/17 75 °F
One of the last things on my to-do list in Buenos Aires wasn't in Buenos Aires. It was a boat trip around the river delta in Tigre, a short train ride north of the city. Our guide books suggested Tigre as a good day trip from the city. We both agreed it would be nice to check out the delta for the day.
We grabbed the subway to the main train station in Retiro to switch to the commuter rail line going north. We had both read about a coastal train but couldn't figure out where to catch it so we opted for the regular train. The train to Tigre is a smooth, modern line which made the hour long trip move quickly. Of course, there were the obligatory hawkers of various items throughout the ride. People who get on the train and a station, walk the length of the train selling various items and get off at the next stop. It's common in Latin America.
A church that has been turned into a local boating club
Once in Tigre, we headed for the Tourist Information office to get information on the various boat companies. They offer a one hour and two hour tours. We figured since we had just spent an hour getting there, the two hour tour made the most sense. After purchasing our tickets, we wandered around the riverfront taking photos and waiting for our sailing. The skies were starting to look ominous but we were thinking positive thoughts that the rain would hold off.
View down the Tigre river
We boarded our catamaran and took off for the delta. The commentary was in Spanish so I hung out at the stern (rear) of the boat to allow for better photos. I wasn't going to miss anything if I couldn't understand more than a few words.
Grocery store on the delta
The delta area has homes built on stilts and instead of roads, are built along canals. Some homes are luxurious and some look as though a good breeze will blow them over. There were a few that looked like somewhere I could live (for a while). We even passed one house that was inside a huge glass box! I never did get an answer why there was a house in a box. I guess that's just a question for another day.
House in a box. Why?
As we neared the end of our tour, it started to sprinkle a little. I was hoping it would soon stop since there were blue skies to the west. The rain did let up as we docked but soon started again. We looked over the map to plan our next place to see. Tigre has a naval museum that both Mike thought sounded good. We figured it would be a good way to see something interesting from indoors to let the rain pass. However, my hopes for this museum were a little low after the museums we had already seen in the area. It's good to be pleasantly surprised.
A Greek Trireme model
The naval museum has models of ships back to the Egyptian era doing forward to the current day. There was a lot of information (in Spanish) about the Argentinian naval campaigns. I was able to pick out a few words here & there but the majority of the information was lost on me. However, there was an entire room filled with armaments- torpedoes, mines and GREAT BIG guns. There was even a two-man submarine there. From what I could make out from the placard, the submariners would have bombs/torpedoes that they would attach to enemy vessels magnetically and then drive off. That sounds like a very dangerous job to me!
As we wandered through the museum we could hear the rain pounding the roof. It was great to be indoors! After an hour or so perusing the exhibits, we headed out to the side yard of the museum. Outside the museum were anti-aircraft guns and aircraft from WWII and also some more recent wars. It's humbling to see just how big those guns are.
Having seen everything we wanted to, it was time to head back to the central area of Tigre and back to Buenos Aires. We hopped onto the next train and started back to the city. It had been a long day of sight-seeing. Tigre didn't disappoint. Even with the rain, I thoroughly enjoyed our day on the delta.