Delta el Tigre:

Lapping and pilings

By Sylvie Berthiaume

At approximately one hour from Buenos Aires, either by car, bus or train,

a one-day excursion allows us to discover the Port of Fruit and then, by boat, the Delta el Tigre, which flows into the lower part of the Delta del Parana covering 2 700 square kilometers of water scattered with thousands of islets.

 

There are vibrant colours and animation on the docks of the Port of Fruit, on the right bank of the river Lujan: shops of basketry, furniture, art, souvenirs and, of course, of fruit and vegetables. It is also a place to sit at one of the small restaurants for a drink, a coffee or a maté, while watching  the comings and goings of different boats of merchants and producers, or private vacationers’ yachts arriving there to do their shopping.

 

Stunt, right from the start

 

Just a few minutes after the boarding on a panoramic shuttle, whether in a modern or traditional style, or why not on a catamaran, we pass by a gigantic sumptuous building proudly showing its Italian Renaissance style and its impressive columns:  It is the hotel and Museum of Fine Arts del Tigre, which was a fashionable casino at the time of its construction in 1913.

 

Along the delta, it is matched in majesty by the Swiss style Regattas Club, whose facade and riverbank are inviting despite their monumental appearance. That is only one of 30 clubs installed in the area by other French, Belgian and Scandinavian regatta enthusiasts having chosen Argentina as a land of adoption.

 

These sportsmen in their elegant and slender boats crossing over the water, add prestige to the atmosphere of this surprising, even intriguing place. Without a doubt,  kayakers also benefit of the Delta.

 

A little further, the Naval Museum of the Nation exposing 200 reduced models deserves a stop.

 

Oasis close to the city

 

The ballad on waters, quiet during the week, is commented so that we understanding the unique character of this area as a leisure and holiday resort for the Argentineans.

 

As well, we appreciate the architecture on stilts necessarily practical, but equally gracious for the houses and terraces of diverse designs, mostly small and surrounded by flowers, trees and shrubs. The one that retains our attention in particular, because it is yellow, old and recessed in a large showcase made of glass, both for its protection and presentation: It was the summer residence of former-President Marcelo T. of Alvear or Sarmiento, which became of heritage interest.

 

It is also obvious that this very bucolic region has inspired the famous Argentine artists, writers, singers and musicians, in addition to attracting more and more affluent people wanting to escape from the frenzy of the capital.

 

The elite has consequently replaced the robbers who flew justice and were the first to settle on the islets hidden in the delta, and to hunt the tiger, the fox, the deer or otter. If we believe in the legend…

 

To better feel the atmosphere

 

It is difficult to rent a house on the delta, because they are almost all occupied by their owners. The only cabanas for rent can be counted on the fingers of one hand. But there are four camping sites in the surrounding area.

 

It is pleasant to go during the weekends if one wants to see how the Argentine crowd enjoys its nature and facilities. It is preferable to go during the week, if one wishes to witness more closely what attracts vacationers-owners.

 

A day where everybody go with the flow, anyway.

 

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