Tigre and Paraná Delta

Travel guide

GEOGRAPHICAL SITUATION OF PARANÁ DELTA

Paraná Delta is a great fluvial delta of 30 km², originated by the union of Paraná River and Río de la Plata. Situated at less than an hour from the capital city by train, the Delta gives tourists the opportunity to take a tour to this exuberant landscape. Besides, boat trip is still the best way to discover the city of Tigre (290,000 inhabitants), and its Delta. A vast number of canals meander between islands where many have chosen to live, permanently or temporarily. It is a pleasant tour to escape the hectic rhythm of Buenos Aires, either by taking a boat trip or exploring nature on a canoe or pirogue.

The main arteries of the Delta are Luján, Pajarito, San Antonio and Paraná rivers. The latter, that gives its name to the Delta, originates in Brazil and runs 3,700 km until it ends up in Río de La Plata.

The Delta del Tigre, the lower part of Paraná river, covers 2,700 km² and is divided into several nautical areas. Among the most famous are: Tigre and San Fernando.

HISTORY OF PARANÁ DELTA

Paraná Delta, summer resort of great presidents such as Marcelo T. de Alvear or Sarmiento, source of inspiration of writers, painters, and artists such as Carlos Gardel, Leopoldo Lugones, Ruben Darío, Horacio Butler and even Ventura Valente, is one of the most fascinating places of Argentine natural heritage.

Therefore, the typical houses in Delta are built up on pillars to avoid flooding related to the increase and decrease of river level.

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Houses are usually made of wood, with thatched or corrugated iron roofs, although there are also some cane and mud houses. There are more than 5,000 residential brick houses with tile roofs where Delta inhabitants live and people from Buenos Aires relax far from the city on weekends.

The only way to move along the Delta is via fluvial, with 60 % of the 350 delta rivers being navigable. There are five private taxi and boat companies that transport hundreds of people every day to school, university or work place.

DELTA LEGENDS

Port maritime du Tigre en 1866 Paraná islands, especially Ibicuy, were the shelter of criminals, political refugees, or deported people, seeking an escape from death or some sort of penalty. Whoever had to escape from justice, either in Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires, and Uruguay, used to cross the rivers, reach the islands and hide in the dense vegetation of the Delta. They lived alone in this wild environment in this place, where no authority would attempt to find them.

Most of them lived on the hunting of tigers, deers, foxes or cats, with the purpose of selling their skins to strange traders who would risk reaching the Delta area. In the Paraná Bravo and Paraná Guazú, they would create gangs and attack sailing boats by killing the crew and stealing goods.

The history of the Delta islands referred to them with pejorative names, such as “The Terribles” and considered them as a group of criminals and rude people. The most famous gang was that of Marica Rivero (1870) and her husband who was called “correntino malo” (bad person from Corrientes), a couple who lived in La Paciencia river and very well known in the island. Boat crew feared pirates: they knew that if they sailed alone or if there was not enough wind they would be attacked, robbed and killed by “Delta pirates”. Therefore, they used to sail in groups of three or four to sail up the river. It is said that in La Paloma island, there are cemeteries with the bodies of sailors who were killed during those attacks, and their souls are still wandering and chasing island inhabitants. In the northern part, at the entrance of Carbón, the legend says that before night fall children cries, women weeping, and help requests can be heard.