Tigre, Buenos Aires
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|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|Area code(s)||+54 11|
Tigre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtiɣɾe], Tiger) is a town in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, situated in the north of Greater Buenos Aires, 28 km (17 mi) north of Buenos Aires city. Tigre lies on the Paraná Delta and is a tourist and weekend destination, reachable by bus and train services, including the scenic Tren de la Costa. It is the principal town of the Tigre Partido.
The town sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers and was founded in 1820, after floods had destroyed other settlements in the area, then known as the Partido de las Conchas.
The area's name derives from the “tigres” or jaguars that were hunted there, on occasions, in its early years. The area was first settled by Europeans who came to farm the land, and the port developed to serve the Delta and to bring fruit and wood from the Delta and ports upstream on the Paraná river. Tigre is still an important timber processing port.
Tigre has seen an influx of people relocating to the city from other parts of Greater Buenos Aires. In recent years,[when?] it has seen a rise in upmarket tourism, spawning new spa developments and clientele such as the pop star, Madonna.
- Mitre Line
- Retiro – Tigre (direct service Mitre Line)
The Mitre Line departs from Buenos Aires Retiro Station to Tigre Station every 10 – 30 minutes.
- Mitre Line / Tren de La Costa
- Retiro – Delta (Retiro to Bartolomé Mitre station with connection to Maipú station of Tren de la Costa)
Tigre is a tourist and weekend destination, reached by bus and train services, including the scenic Tren de la Costa.
The “Puerto de Frutos” (fruit port) is now a crafts fair located in the old fruit market by the riverside. The Naval Museum is also nearby. Antiques shops, riverside restaurants and pubs, the casino and Parque de la Costa, an amusement park and its natural environment make Tigre a tourist destination throughout the year.
Tigre is also the starting point for a visit to the Paraná Delta. Vintage mahogany commuter launches and motorboats are a common way to travel through its inter-connecting rivers and streams. English-style rowing clubs, a number of marinas, dwellings and mansions from the “Belle Époque”, such as the Tigre Club, are in the area. There are also small pensions and upscale lodges, restaurants, teahouses and picnic sites.
- Family affair: Madonna treats her children to a Buenos Aires boat ride Daily Mail. 10 December 2010
- In Argentina, Touring the Tigre Delta New York Times. 24 November 2010
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