Hello felow travellers,
I depart BA for Iguazu tonight via bus and will return to BA with 3 days up my sleve before heading to Peru. Does anyone have any suggestions for where I could go for a few or a couple of days. Any insite is really appreciated. Thanks.
Try, Isla Martín García: a one of a kind getaway ......
Some 30 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires is Tigre, a riverside
location home to great attractions such as beautiful fruit markets,
handcrafts and all sorts of wooden furniture open air shops. Arriving to the
Martin García island can be done either by boat or by taxi plane. Unlike the
other islands in the Argentinean delta -earthy sediments formations- the
Martín García island is a volcanic formation and an emergence of the mass in
Sierra de la Ventana. This has set the basis for an amazing combination of
nature, birds, flowers, trees that make of this place a great option for all
sorts of alternative tours, ecotourism, cultural and historical walks and of
course a great option for those who want to take some time off the city's
noise and clutterness.
The historical background of this island is just amazing, all sorts of
personalities -such as one of Argentina's most famous presidents Juan
Domingo Perón, the famous Nicaraguan poet Ruben Darío, as well as the
worldly known Dr. Maza who discovered the vaccine to chagas chose this
beautiful place as their home.
The old colonial constructions in the center of the of this beautiful town
blend together with other no less beautiful buildings that express the
American and French aesthetical influence in those sensitive and delightful
designs in a very art nouveau style.
From the center of the island one can appreciate one of Sarmiento's hidden
botanical skills, for he had put all his energy into politics during the
late 80s of the nineteenth century, as we appreciate one beautiful poplar
woods he himself planted.
Not far away we can see one of Buenos Aires famous lighthouses built in the
late years of 1890. It has lighten this island's coasts for more than one
hundred years. The building shows clean and strong lines, inside, a snail
ladder leads us to the highest point of the island from were we can enjoy an
In the area nearby the town's center, there's a place that has been
christened "Barrio Chino". Many tourist guides have mistakenly regarded this
place as a Chinatown. The reference is just an oposite other, for during the
seventeenth and eighteenth century sailors approached the island seeking
some love to buy -prostitutes, to which they kindly referred as "chinas",
which is a very common way to refer to women in the Argentinean pampas, not
to the Asian women. It's a very interesting visit to do, specially for the
deep cultural significance, the chinas getaway for local sailors at a
And of course, while touring around the island the Panadería -the bakery- is
a place no one should miss, for their sweet bread is outstandingly perfect
(former president Carlos Menem used to fly in his private plane to the
island specially to buy this bread, though some experts in politics assure
this was just an excuse to meet up with some less respectful people of
questionable moral) and for the great art nouveau architecture of the
building that has remained intact.
All this makes of this island a great place to visit.
The Martín García island also takes advantage of its natural beauty and
peaceful atmosphere with excellent accommodation options for those who wish
to relax and enjoy some days of pampering in contact with nature. The
beautiful and only lodge in the island is very simple and comfortable;
nothing better to go with this atmosphere than a good dish of heart made
A paradise location just a few minutes away from the city.
Thanks for the info. Found out I fly out early not late on the 12th (that leaves today and tommorow) but it sounds good so I will try a day trip.