If you have a day to spare and you feel like visiting the water, Tigre is an amazing day trip to take. It is called “The Venice of Argentina,” and when you arrive it is not hard to see why. A large part of the city is next to the water, where there are canals that run throughout the city. If you take a boat to explore them, you can see many people rowing or racing through the water on their boats. I recommend taking the one-hour boat tour they offer of these canals; it is truly beautiful. Throughout the trip you will see many houses that are next to the water, each one having its own personal dock. My favorite dock was painted many different colors, and I loved seeing the color contrast against the water.
The story of the canals of Tigre is fascinating. While riding on the tour boat, I saw a huge garden that was on the other side of the canal. I was told that it was filled with many different types of fruit trees and flowers, and was designed by a famous designer from Palermo. Over the years, the wind has carried the seeds from these plants, so there are many beautiful flowers and fruit trees along both sides of the canals. I did not get a chance to explore the garden myself, but if I return, I hope to see it in person.
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Tigre is also known for its Puerto de Frutos, or Fruit Port. There is much more than just fruit here, it is actually a very large open-air market. There are so many different types of booths and stalls that sell anything you could think of. There are places to buy clothes, books, cooking materials, incense, jewelry, candles, and food. I personally decided to get a very large amount of cotton candy. It was so delicious, and perhaps the best two dollars (which amounts to eight pesos) that I have ever spent.
In all, my day in Tigre was amazing! It has so much to offer to any visitor who is lucky enough to get the chance to go there.
Until my next adventure,
GSE Spring 2012 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
University of Belgrano