No hay tigres en Tigre, pero hay Gauchos en Mataderos

Written 11 Dec

On Saturday, I took a trip to Tigre. About one hour (and less than 2pesos) by train from Retiro station,

Beautiful architecture in Retiro station Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Beautiful architecture in Retiro station
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Tigre is a town situated next to a delta which flows into the Paraná river instead of the sea, and is one of the largest deltas to do so.

Even the road signs have tigers!

Even the road signs have tigers!

It’s a very serene little area, and being there makes you feel quite removed from the hustle and bustle of the main city.

Waiting patiently to be called into service Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Waiting patiently to be called into service
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

It really is a must visit if you are in Buenos Aires and feeling a little overwhelmed by the city after a while, as I was.

Quaint little houses line the delta Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Quaint little houses line the delta
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

It’s easy to forget how exhausting big cities can be, being constantly bombarded by the various sounds and sights and smells of everything and everyone. Oftentimes, I don’t think we even realize how draining it is, until you are removed from it and realize, with an unintentional sigh of relief, how people and tranquil places outside the city can be.

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I wandered around Tigre for a couple of hours,

Tranquility Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Tranquility
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Ate a sandwich sitting in a random park,

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And took a catamaran around the delta (60pesos, 1hour).

Adorable little girl enjoyed the ride tremendously Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Adorable little girl enjoyed the ride tremendously
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

It was absolutely relaxing and I even fell asleep part way through the delta tour.

The absolutely fabulous day drew to a close with a visit with some CouchSurfers to Frank’s Bar, one of the most exclusive and fancy bars in Buenos Aires, and some say Latin America. Like speakeasies of the 1920s, you need a password to get in, but lucky for us, despite not having the right password, the bouncer let us in anyway. Entrance was through a telephone booth,

Secret entrance! Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Secret entrance!
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

And it was generally very fancy.

Fancy pants! Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Fancy pants!
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

It was a pretty cool experience, and if you have time, you can check it out. The password can apparently be figured out using clues on their facebook page, or you can just try your luck with puppy eyes 😉

Sunday was my last day in Buenos Aires. Juan and I decided to check out the Feria de Mataderos in the neighbourhood of…you guessed it, Mataderos! It was an hour by Subte and bus, but the trip was worth it. It was a huge fair,

Bursting with colour Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Bursting with colour
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

With ponies,

Little boy was not pleased at having been made to pose on the pony Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Little boy was not pleased at having been made to pose on the pony
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

People selling all sorts of things,

Strange elves seemed to be on sale everywhere Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Strange elves seemed to be on sale everywhere
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

And even a concert!

Rocking out to Argentinian folk music Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Rocking out to Argentinian folk music
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

People were very enthusiastic about dancing to the traditional folk music,

Strangers no longer Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Strangers no longer
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

With people of all ages mingling and enjoying the traditional dances,

A dance enjoyed by all ages Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

A dance enjoyed by all ages
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

And we also managed to watch a horse competition of sorts!

Giddy up? Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Giddy up?
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

We couldn’t really figure out what was going on,

Quit horsing around Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Quit horsing around
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

But it seemed to involve the caballeros pulling a tiny ring off a pole.

Straight from the horse's mouth Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Straight from the horse’s mouth
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

No clue who won, but we did see a cabellero in training with his baby horsie (:

The horse and his boy Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

The horse and his boy
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

A llama sighting

Whatchu lookin' at? Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

Whatchu lookin’ at?
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

wrapped up the excitement of the feria de Mataderos!

I had dinner that night with Fabrizio, whom I had met at a CouchSurfing event and we had the loveliest bife de chorizo (sirloin steak). The meat was so sweet and tender and flavorful and I am going to stop talking about it before I start drooling all over the keyboard.

So much yum Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

So much yum
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2013

All in all, I must say that Buenos Aires treated me well and I will definitely go back (: but in the meanwhile, it’s onward to new adventures!

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