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TIGRE- Buenos Aires

We would be interested in knowing what & non Agentinians and also Argentinians think of el Tigre & tren de la costa trip?

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1. Re: TIGRE- Buenos Aires

There have been some nice postings here lately on trips out to Tigre. You can read some of them on the search bar above.

These trips can be easily accomplished on your own and if you wish there are a number of tours which go out to this area.

I like spending a day out in this area on a nice sunny day and having a nice lunch. It's a nice break from the city, without spending alot of travel time.

If you are going, then plan a trip during the week and avoid the weekends because of crowding.

Enjoy!!

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For me, it's not a bad daily excursion. The train itself doesn't have anything special, it's only a good way to get to the Paraná delta. The real attraction is that laberynth of rivers, islands and lush vegetation which has nothing to do with the huzzle and buzzle of BA, despite being not far away. Discovering the area deserves more than a daily visit to Tigre, though. Staying at one of the little hidden inns or touring the secret passages with someone from the area is the real must-do.

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I took my son in December to Tigre and used the Tren de La Costa. We had a really good day out and will definately go back. The first train from Retiro station cost 1.20 peso each and the Tren de La Costa train cost 16 pesos return each.

We took the bus boat at Tigre (not tourist boat)which costs 11 pesos each return. We got off at Tres Bocas and would have liked to have spent more time there. It is just full of nature and lots of bridges - a small Venice with no car access.

The tourist information at Tigre is excellent and they speak fluent English. You will receive a map of the canals and information regarding places of interest and where to eat.

I loved it.

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El Tigre is unbelievably contrasting with the city...and so near

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Can anyone tell me how early in the morning on a weekday we can catch the Tren de La Costa and the bus boat from Tigre to Tres Bocas? I read that many school children use the bus boat bus to go to school. I thought it might be interesting for my school age kids to see.

How much can we walk around in the Tres Bocas area?

Are there other destinations in the Parana Delta with trails we can explore?

Can we get off and on the bus boat without paying again if we buy the return ticket for 11 pesos?

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"Can anyone tell me how early in the morning on a weekday we can catch the Tren de La Costa and the bus boat from Tigre to Tres Bocas? I read that many school children use the bus boat bus to go to school. I thought it might be interesting for my school age kids to see.

How much can we walk around in the Tres Bocas area?

Are there other destinations in the Parana Delta with trails we can explore?

Can we get off and on the bus boat without paying again if we buy the return ticket for 11 pesos?"

I will see if I can locate the Tren de La Costa leaflet when I get home later and post the info tomorrow. When we took the bus boat, it was full of local people with their shopping - it was rather packed. It seems that besides my son and I, there was only one other tourist from Spain on board.

I think you can only get of the boat once - you will get a list of the times that the boats pass and they tend to be on time. From what I can remember, there are three areas that you can visit all with trails. I will see if I can find the information about the trails later.

I hope that helps in the meantime.

Michelle

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Michelle

Thank you for your reply. It is good to know that we will be on a boat with locals and that there are other areas with walking trails.

Do you have a website for the bus boats?

If you don't mind posting again after you have looked at the leaflet I would much appreciate it.

Thanks also for your wonderful desription of the Tres Bocas area. I'm really looking forward to our visit there.

Mary

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Mary,

I will take a try at your request. I think that you want to see School #12.

Depending on where you are staying in the city, then take the direct Tigre train from Retiro train station to Tigre. From there, cross the street to the public boat area(Lanchas). There is a newer shopping area around there and a ticket office. I can't remember which stop to get off the boat but have passed it many times when going elsewhere(just ask them). Buy a roundtrip boat ticket then when ready to return to Tigre just show the other ticket.

The boats(lanchas) will have many local people communting out to their homes or accomodations. Many will put luggage and groceries on the top of the boat. It's all very organized and safe so no worries.

The boat will,also be dropping off some supplies to the residences and restaurants.

The Tigre trains leave all day from early morning until late at night with return.

However, if you would enjoy the Tren de la Costa Train(different from Tigre train), then return to the city with this train. The train station is located next to the casino and the amusement park(which your kids might enjoy). This train is more expensive than the Tigre train and passes in the very nice neighborhoods along the coast of San Isidro,Olivos,etc. You can buy a ticket which sllows you can hop off like in San Isidro and have a look at the neighborhood. The Tren de La Costa will end at the Mitre station where you have a little walk to board the Mitre train back to the Retiro Train station in the center.

I hope that this clears it up a little bit since the guide books are confusing with the train system to Tigre. Tigre train=from Retiro train station direct

Tren de la Costa=from Mitre train station

Enjoy!!

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Ricardo,

Thanks so much for your reply. It sounds like the Tren de la Costa might be a pleasant experience separate from the trip out to the Parana Delta.

I'm curious about why you suggest we visit school #12?

I read a travelblog which mentioned visiting a Parana Delta school and donating school supplies. No details were provided. I wonder how I could arrange such a visit? Do you know of a school website which might have contact information?

Mary

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10. Re: TIGRE- Buenos Aires

Hi Mary,

Here is a link for the train, but it is in Spanish. Couldn't find anything in English and I couldn't find my leaflets either, sorry.

liveargentina.com/Argentina/Tematicos/Trenes…

The Tren de La Costa goes from 7/8 am to 11 pm at 20 minute intervals. As Ricardo said, you need to pick this train up from Mitre station. When we arrived at Retiro there were lots of ticket sellers for this destination as soon as you come in through the main entrance. The train took about 45 minutes. Mitre was the last station on this route. When you arrive there you have to walk quite a bit and end up in a very modern station called Maipu. Go up the escalator and you will find the ticket office to buy your tickets to Tigre.

Tigre is also the last station and when you arrive, you come out by the casino and theme park. The small commercial centre is only a few minutes walk. It is easy to find Do not let anyone try and sell you expensive boat rides on your way. There is a tourist office by the restaurants (near McDonalds)and next to do this is where you buy your bus boat tickets. There is no other place to buy them.

At the tourist office they will provide you with maps and trails etc.

It is amazing the total transformation going from BA to Tigre in a day. It's like being on a different planet.

Regards

Michelle