Tips for Students

Buenos Aires surroundings: A trip to Tigre

While Buenos Aires is a wonderful city plenty of fine cafes and restaurants, not to mention parks to wander, many people might feel the need to take a bit of an adventure. And of course take a chance to put some of your lessons at Spanish school at test! Well fear not, because just 45 minute train ride from Buenos Aires lies the beautiful river delta ―Tigre. 

A network of canals and islands dotted with trees, pasture and interesting little houses, Tigre is a must visit for anyone stating for a long period of time, and not so long too. The best part is that it's very easy to reach! Just jump on the train heading to "Tigre" from the Retiro or Belgrano C train stations, and before you know it you'll be jumping off in another world. And this train even uses the same SUBE card as the rest of the city's buses and metro ―it's just a matter of swiping on AND off the train. 

While many people visit Tigre only for a day (especially in winter) some others make a weekend of it and spend the night. There are many places available on Airbnb and Booking.com, with many on the islands themselves ―which means your night away from Buenos Aires will be a real proper country trip into Argentina's countryside. These can also be extremely affordable, but I would caution to make sure you pick one with many reviews, as new users to Airbnb are unfamiliar with how it works, which can therefore lead to bad consequences. The other advantage is the host will often help you arrange transport the rest of the way ―because if you're staying on an island you're going to need a boat! The price of the boat nowadays is around 4 USD per person per trip. The alternative is a public ferry which is around the same price but available if you're going by your own, or if you want to look around the many canals of Tigre for a day.

While there are many things to do in Tigre, make sure you pick a nice day because you probably aren't going to want to be getting out of that kayak in the middle of a rainstorm. And if you do decide to kayak, be sure to take care of where you go because canals can become more of a highway at certain times of day. But in the smaller backchannels I believe you can see some truly beautiful parts of the delta, along with many water birds and creatures you will not find in Buenos Aires.

Another thing to be careful of is that you come prepared, especially when staying the night. While many places come fully equipped, even the best accommodation can go wrong at times. Most running water in the houses will not be drinkable in Tigre, so making sure you have drinking water is a must. 

Also, be sure your returning boat is already because, who knows if the power will go out?

Perhaps the best part about Tigre is that despite it feeling like another world, it is also very easy to return to Buenos Aires once you're done with the wilderness!