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Alto Delta Islands - Other Activity Rosario - Argentina

The chain of bridges that connects Rosario with Victoria drapes across 60 kilometers (37 mi) of islands, sandbars and marshes that make up the Islas Alto Delta which spans 45 kilometers (28 mi) of the Río Paraná’s length. The closest isles to Rosario are El Espinillo and La Invernada. Other significant ones are Verde and Buenaventura. Their beaches are a popular day trip from Rosario, with Vladimir, Deja Vu, Dixon and Punta Arenas being the most common destinations. Most people just hop a launch across to a paradero, a beach resort with restaurants and other services. Kayakers enjoy paddling through the canals (riachos) that lace the islands. The most important of these waterways are Paraná Viejo, La Lechiguana, Los Marinos and La Chilena. El Embudo lagoon is also a hot spot.

These isles have a sub-tropical climate. It is not uncommon to see capybara (carpincho) and other wildlife also seen in Esteros del Iberá and other reserves further upstream. Birdwatching is especially rewarding. Island life is quite relaxed and far-removed from the bustle of Rosario and other cities. Rustic family homes, built on stilts to protect them when the river rises, scatter the archipelago.

Some of the day paraderos also have hostels or camping, for travelers who want to hang out for a while to watch the moonlight dancing across the river and listen to the islands’ wild music. Puerto Pirata Parador has cabañas, bungalows and camping, and offers trips through the islands (Isla frente Granadero Baigorria, Boya, Km 432.5, Tel: 0341-453-4994 / 156-933-464, URL: El Pimpollal Espiritual Hostal de la Isla has a dorm and two rooms. Its restaurant does vegetarian asados and fish. Its other services are birdwatching, horseback riding, boat trips and alternative therapy (Paraná Viejo, Tel: 0341-155-494-777, E-mail: /, URL: Los Benitos provides camping year-round; tents and sleeping bags available for rent (Paraná Viejo, Boya 427, Tel: 0341-155-508-943 / 155-729-372). Cabañas del Francés has cabañas. Its tours include trekking, photo safaris and fishing. For maximum relaxation, take part in the meditation, reiki and massage sessions (Riacho de la Isla Invernada, Tel: 0341-449-2995 / 155-032-094, E-mail: No camping is allowed on Isla Invernada and some of the other isles.

Rosario, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Scenic route, Adventure

Getting There

Boat services on the Río Paraná may be cancelled due to river or climatic conditions. Many paraderos offering overnight lodging and camping provide private boat services for their guests. For information on regular services to the islands, see Getting To and Away from Rosario.

Travel Tips:

For more information on the islands and services there, see or Rosario’s Museo del Paraná y las Islas provides a good introduction to their wild and human life (Friday-Sunday, holidays 3-7 p.m. Estación Fluvial de Rosario, south side, Raúl Domínguez 300, Tel: 485-5665 / 439-8679. Entry: $0.80). Further upstream, 55 kilometers (34 mi) south of Paraná, is Parque Nacional Pre Delta, a 2,458 hectare (6,074-acre) park that includes several islands.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Bring a light jacket or sweater, as it can get cool on the water. Also bring sun protection.

Visit Rosario's many museums and cultural centers. Enjoy the beaches and go fishing.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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