The Parana Delta River - something different to know :)

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Tigre's Station

This was our last day in Buenos Aires and I have to say I wasn’t ready to go back. We have been enjoying the past days so much, that just the idea of going back to the normal life wasn’t my favorite. But, life goes on. The very first date we booked a tour. Yes, I know it goes against my style, but anyway we did it. We chose the tour across the Parana River Delta. We woke up early and did the check out. Veronica - the guide - arrived at 8:45 am and we left the hotel. We drove with the bus to “Tigre”, another city belonging to Buenos Aires Province. After picking up all the other members of the tour we arrived to Tigre around 10am.

We booked a tour that included sailing across the River Delta and visit another close town.

a boat ready to leave...
Well, I have to say that Tigre is a small and nice town. But this is not only about inland, the biggest attraction are the islands at the Delta. Years ago this area was just a “vacation” area, but right now there are permanent residents there. The people who live in the islands (known as “isleños”) enjoy beautiful scenery and a peaceful environment. There are no streets or roads, just the river communicates one island with the other. Of course, there are no cars, just boats. They even have a “Supermarket” boat, an “Ambulance” boat, besides the "Bus" boat and "Taxi" boat, among others.  I couldn’t take a pic of any Supermarket boat. I wish I had… they were so funny. The isleños have their own school, church, library, clubs, etc. I have been told that the price of real state here is low. But it’s not cheap living there, why? Well, all the utilities are expensive. Also the groceries are pricier here.

Tigre is known as the “Rowing Capital”, there are a few Rowing Clubs and I could see a lot of people practicing this sport.

with mom at the boat
There were men, women, old, young, everyone was there.

The houses at the islands don’t have numbers. They just have names and of course each of them has its own dock. If you wanted to buy something from the Supermarket boat, you just had to put a red bag as a flag at the dock of your house. So the Supermarket would now you want to buy something.

The tour started around 10:30am and lasted almost 2 hours. In the middle of the tour, the batteries of my camera run out! I was glad my mom’s batteries lasted a bit longer, but not so much. So first thing I did when we arrived to the harbor was getting new batteries ;). I was ready to keep on moving. Right now our next destination was San Isidro, a small and cute town.

with our Chilean friends
In order to go there we had to take the train. So we drove with the bus to the train station.

The next train was scheduled for 1pm, so we were on time. While we were waiting for the train, mom left for a couple of minutes and by the time she was back, I have already made new friends. A guy and his dad from Chile :)

The train arrived and we were sitting, when somebody came saying the drivers were on a strike, so the train wouldn't leave. What!?!? We left the train and another group came, went inside and took our sits. Oh! Veronica asked us if we would like to go, even if it meant having no seats at the train. Of course, we would. It was a short ride and I have been thinking the whole time about the idea of going to that small town, no way I would say no. And the rest of the people were thinking the same. So we went inside again and got ready to leave Tigre. Our bus would be waiting for us in San Isidro to drive back to Buenos Aires City ;)

yadilitta says:
yes, I know you like the water :)
Posted on: May 30, 2008
geerbox says:
That sounds like my type of place to live
Posted on: May 30, 2008
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Tigres Station
Tigre's Station
a boat ready to leave...
a boat ready to leave...
with mom at the boat
with mom at the boat
with our Chilean friends
with our Chilean friends
in our way to Tigre
in our way to Tigre
arriving to Tigre
arriving to Tigre
Domingo Sarmiento Station
Domingo Sarmiento Station
Ready to start the sailing...
Ready to start the sailing...
Tigres Art Museum
Tigre's Art Museum
Art Museum at the Delta
Art Museum at the Delta
Boats at Parana River Delta
Boats at Parana River Delta
A camping site at the Delta
A camping site at the Delta
nice boats
nice boats
commercial vessels
commercial vessels
Rowing!!!
Rowing!!!
happy mom :)
happy mom :)
nice house
nice house
beautiful house
beautiful house
a Fun Park at the Delta
a Fun Park at the Delta
nice houses...
nice houses...
xxxx
xxxx
the water is not polluted, its nat…
the water is not polluted, its na…
rusty old boat
rusty old boat
camping at the Delta
camping at the Delta
The Parking Place ;)
The Parking Place ;)
a pizzeria!
a pizzeria!
Police Station
Police Station
what a surprise: Rowing!
what a surprise: Rowing!
again... more people rowing
again... more people rowing
check out the red flag... Supermar…
check out the red flag... Superma…
A bar, haha
A bar, haha
the school
the school
a Swiss Club ;)
a Swiss Club ;)
other tourists
other tourists
a bus!
a bus!
the bus at the Delta
the bus at the Delta
Sailing through the Delta: Done!
Sailing through the Delta: Done!
waiting for the train...
waiting for the train...
waiting at the train station
waiting at the train station
at the train...
at the train...
a father and son
a father and son
The train was packed!
The train was packed!
Tigre
photo by: IndoMaluku