Situated 30km north of Buenos Aires, Tigre is a town that lies on the Paraná Delta, consisting of several islands and covering 14,000 square kilometres. It takes its name from the tigers that were hunted there in its early years. Initially it was settled by Europeans who had come to farm the land. Later the port was developed so that fruit and wood could be transported along the Paraná river. One of the islands features a house built for the former Argentinian president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in 1855. Following his death it was declared an historic monument. It now serves as a museum and is enclosed in glass walls for protection. Although parts of the town are interesting it is sadly something of a tourist trap now, with a theme park, speedboats and jet skis ruining what could be a tranquil place.