A few days on the magical River Plata delta

Trip Start Oct 09, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

After flying back from Iguacu (the bus was nice but we were glad to be flying back M) we get a train to Tigre which takes an hour from BA, but we get off in another world.(the train was an experience in itself - we were offered everything from notebooks to mobile phones and socks by the hawkers that work the carriages between stops - M)

Tigre is fabulously relaxed and charming, with the perfect leisurely pace, sort of El Henley on Thames!

We spend an afternoon at Tres Bocas which is a 40min boat ride from the harbour and lightyears from BA. The journey there is fascinating - lots of waterways with houses on stilts, jetties and a varying contingent of dogs who bark at the boat! Makes you want to give up work and move there (apparently the winters are a bit cold though!). We do a walk around the island (which takes about 3 hours) and are befriended by Albert a black dog who decides to play tour guide. He accompanies us the whole way through forests, jumping over 6 feet ditches (we go over narrow log bridges) and through other dogs' territory, (he just ignores them and has no bother). We get back in time for a nice cold beer before the last boat back to the harbour.

We stay at a B&B in a family's house and make friends with an Argentian sugar salesman who passes through regularly. He is fab & tells us about paragliding over the delta and offers to take us out for the day (in his car not his paraglider!) but we decline.

The next day we opt for a full day on the delta including a tour of a property. We take another boat further out (for about 80mins). The boats skipper keeps pointing at the roof and in our best Spanglish we think he is telling us to sit up there, eventually not wanting to upset him we go up - so chilled out, again another one of those "where would you rather be?" moments. We are met by Roxanna who pops us in an American style canoe and tells we have to paddle for our lunch. 3k later (and allowing for an emergency pee stop for M - well it was all that water!) we are sat on the jetty outside her family home having a fab lunch (M gets a massive mixed grill and is well pleased). This is followed by a 2 hour nature walk - (we see loads of birds), afternoon tea and the boatride home. Weather stunningly good again.
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