Tuesday, 26 September 2017

An Excursion To South America: 24. A Boat Tour Of Parana Delta, Tigre

I visited Parana Delta on my last day in Buenos Aires . This delta is one of the largest in the world occupying an area of 5405 square miles and is unique in the sense that its rivers do not flow into an ocean or a sea but into the estuary of another river. [The system of rivers in Parana Delta flow into the estuary of Rio de la Plata, a river that separates Argentina and Uruguay].

We left our hotel early that morning and headed for Tigre, a town 30km north of Buenos Aires. Tigre is the gateway to the delta as there are a few companies that operate daily boat tours around the waterways. The weather didn't look too good when my tour group arrived at Estacion Fluvial Tigre (Tigre Boat Station). The sky was overcast and I tried to keep my mood up despite the impending rain and deepening gloom. We were going for a boat cruise around the delta and I really hoped the rain wouldn't be a spoiler.
The boat was specially chartered for my group and half of it was empty. It has comfortable seats with glass windows to view the riverscape. We were served hot coffee and snacks but sitting in the enclosed area was no fun so we headed to the open-air deck to enjoy the wind and a better view.
We cruised through Lujan River, Sarmiento River and a few other smaller streams and canals. Lining the edge of the rivers are old buildings; some are people's homes, some, abandoned buildings and some are important landmarks of Tigre.

I wished the weather was bright and sunny so that my photos would turn out better.
As we cruised along, a few spectacular buildings came into view.  This building by the bank of the Lujan River is La Marina Rowing Club which was established in 1876.
Another elegant building along the bank of Lujan River is the Tigre Municipal Museum of Fine Art.
The Sarmiento House along Sarmiento River was the former residence of the 7th President of Argentina. It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1966 and is now a museum. To preserve the wooden building a glass casing is built over it. 
There are many small islands created by the branching streams and houses by the river banks usually have their own private piers. These residences appeared to be cut off from the world as the only way to access them is via this waterway.

 Despite the gloom I enjoyed the riverscape and vistas of the delta.

The fun on the open deck of the boat was short lived as almost half way into the journey it started to pour and all of us had to move inside. The windows were all blurred by droplets of water and visibility from inside was almost nil. Still I was thankful that the rain waited for me to take these memorable snapshots before it started to pour!

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