Sailing into the eye of Tigre Delta
Aug 21- Started our morning off early, up at 0700 for breakfast, ordered some weird foods (nate's plate had blood sausage on it, which he valiantly tried a bite but then about gagged. Mine had what was supposed to be smoked trout, but ended up being funky smelling sushi. I couldn't eat mine either.
We sat in the hotel lobby waiting for our tour bus to arrive. In walks the lady (Laura) we met at the Recoleta cemetery a few days ago who had offered for us to join the last 10 minutes of her tour there. She brightened up when she saw us and said, "Hey! I know you!! You're the couple from Alaska I met at the cemetery! I'm your tour guide today!"
Wow! Small world! So off we went to the Tigre Delta. We picked up a couple from Colorado, a couple from Brazil and a young lady from Spain. We all hopped on a river boat and sailed for 2 hours into the Delta, seeing the city of Buenos Aires fall behind us as we ventured into the river systems of the delta.
We saw many birds, a river otter, grocery boats that run the rivers daily to sell their food to locals, they even have ice cream boats, just like ice cream trucks that roll city streets, these float the rivers selling ice cream to kids. Houses along the delta have to be painted every two years due to the wind, rain and humidity. Houses on average cost $50,000 USD. The erosion control walls required to be erected and maintained along the waterfront of your property cost half of whatever you paid the price of the house. Water has to be bought bottled or people can boat to a free fresh water pump in Tigre to fill their water jugs. They have electricity, free WiFi, and satellite television. The kids start school at 10 am and ride a river boat for a bus. They start late because of morning fog making it unsafe to boat then.
It was interesting! Then we got dropped off in the city of Tigre which is on the road system. We went to lunch and had empanadas and really great lemonade. Then we walked around the fruit market, which curiously had zero fruit stands, mostly locals selling wicker crafts and trinkets. We went to San Isidro and saw an old cathedral where the founding priest's ashes are on display behind glass in a wooden box in the main lobby.
We had a good time hearing stories of the history of the areas we drove thru. Laura was a great tour guide and it was neat our paths had crossed again. Hopefully she'll come visit Alaska someday and we can be her tour guides!