Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
From Buenos Aires we took a day trip to the Tigre Delta, a small charming resort area just a 45 minutes from the city. We hired a tour guide, Andre Miguel, through Tours by Locals. Andre was raised in the delta area, knows the waterways, and he took us on his private river boat.
The Tigre Delta region is vast. Over 5,000 square miles, with literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of islands. The Tigre Delta is among the world’s largest, and is one of the only major deltas in the world that does not empty into a sea or ocean. It flows instead into the Río de la Plata (the River of Silver) which separates Argentina and Uruguay. And Tigre is named for the jaguars, which were called tigers, that once roamed here, before the islands became important agriculturally.
The Tigre River Delta is located only about 20 miles northeast of Buenos Aires and is reachable from the city by train, but since I wasn’t sure of the train’s accessibility, we had Andre pick us up in his car. As a side note, the Tigre City train station looked level and wheelchair accessible but I didn’t have time to confirm.
We first stopped at “Puerto de Frutos” (the fruit port) which is now a crafts fair located in the old fruit market by the riverside. Lots of local shopping and sightseeing in this small resort port. It was casual, delightful and authentic Argentina. There was also a public wheelchair accessible restroom along the way that was up a not too steep ramp but was quite large.
We then went another 20 blocks by car where Andre and his 2 friends got his small river boat out of the water. They picked me up and hoisted me into the boat. I’ll be honest, I knew upfront that this might not be too accessible, but as always people around the world are always willing to help.
The islands along the delta and are filled with small vacation homes, and we spent an hour cruising through many delta passageways. Families were fishing, swimming, kayaking and simply relaxing along the miles of inland islands. I had no idea Buenos Aires would be so diverse or so beautiful, just 45 minutes from downtown.
There are several tour companies that offer day-trip excursions to the Tigre River Delta, and there are several reasonably large riverboats (watch video for pictures) that provide tours. I’m not sure if they’re accessible but you could certainly give these a try. You should also know that this is a weekend resort area for the locals and their families, and it can get really crowded. Come mid-week if you can.
If you get to Buenos Aires, you simply must visit the Tigre delta. There may be other beautiful river deltas in the world but the Argentine Tigre Delta is magnificent! This was very special memory. Thank you Andre!