We came to Tigre to sail the river and see the local delta, hoping for a nice weather. Lots of people told us that it’s worth to come here and praised the charms of the town. However, once we arrived, we started to wonder what they meant.
Morning sun rays fell into our room through huge windows. Yes, we don’t have it in Buenos, where we sometimes feel like we are in a darkroom. We woke up a little after 7 a.m. Amelia smiled broadly and I knew that in a while she’d want to eat. When we went out around 10, it turned out that it was not too warm, probably around 17 degrees, but it was sunny. After heavy rains on the previous day, it was a very important piece of information. We had one mission: to check companies that offer catamaran rides here. After a small reconnaissance, we decided on one that offers a two-hour cruise. Other cruises were shorter, maximum one-hour long, and we thought that we’d feel unsatisfied with such short ride. We wanted to have time to take photos and videos, and to soak up the views of the delta. So we bought tickets for 300 pesos (approx. 60 PLN) and we still had two hours to walk around the city and, of course, eat something. This time we chose the local meat. Amelia also got her share (not meat) and it was time to start the cruise.
We boarded the ship. There were maybe half of the maximum number of passengers. The cruise started, and a voice of a lady who described in Spanish what we saw on both sides immediately turned on. At the beginning everything looked so… neat. Rich cottages by the river, with quaint bridges. There are also piers with marked stations with ship (the so-called water taxis) traffic. At first we thought these were tourist boats, but it turned out that they’re an equivalent of our city buses :)
As we sailed, we passed many private boats, but also transport vessels, or even supply ships. We had the impression that the sea route works here better than land traffic.
In the middle of the road we began to pass through the canals and admire a wilder, uninhabited area. These views are what the hoped for the most. They are not as stunning as everyone told us, but it’s nice here. In the distance, a view of Buenos Aires emerged. One of the cruise options (obviously a more expensive one) leads from Puerto Madero to Tigre, and these are the tall buildings which can be seen in one of the photos. Before we approached them, the catamaran turned, and we sailed through an artificial canal. The wrecks (there’s actually a whole bunch of them) impressed us a lot. They rust in peace, and they’re also meeting places for local residents. On many of them we saw groups of people sunbathing and talking with each other. Probably the costs of bringing them out are much higher than this slow death, that’s why it looks this way.
After two hours we came back, but the desire to rent a smaller boat, only for us, had passed.