La Becasina Delta Lodge

La Becasina Delta Lodge  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina |  Located in a priviledged and exclusive location out of the Parana River, in the area know as Delta de El Tigre approx. two hours from the city of Buenos Aires, one of the few on growing deltas in the world. La Becasina Lodge (former La Pascuala) is the ideal destination and experience for total disconnection and R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N when visiting the city of Buenos Aires. 15 Bungalow- Suites, all individual, surrounded by water and hidden between the exuberant vegetation of the place.

I spent at La Becasina two days and one night, being the perfect time to relax and not get bored. The 15 bungalows were all taken, and the crowd was all and exclusively Argentineans.


The 15 Bungalow – Suites, entirely constructed in hard wood, have a private deck overlooking the surrounding waters. Slid walls of target, cane furniture and paintings that reflect the landscape of the place, come together in perfect harmony to guarantee the maximum well-being. The baths, of quebracho wood and spacious windows, offer reading light and separate shower cabinets. All bungalows have central heating and air conditioning to assure major comfort according to the different temperatures during the year.
The bungalows and common areas are linked by bridges or wooden passageways. In the Main Deck, a swimming pool, two jacuzzis, a bar, the restaurant, the main house and the access to the trekking trails and water activities.

Full photo album of my stay at La Becasina Delta Lodge. If you have troubles watching this photos, please follow this link.
The Lodge has its own boat, which by the way it is not just a transfer to/from the Lodge, but itself an experience to be enjoyed. The are regular departures from Bahia Grande Nordelta.
Navigation estimated time is one hour, covering the vast rivers and streams of the Delta, enjoying a beautiful landscape. For those guests who have their own boat and want to reach by their means the Lodge provides private moorings.
I am very happy to say, that I have found another alternative option for Gay Weddings. Look at the photo above, an ideal spot for a wedding, don’t you agree, of course with the added bonus of the style and ideas of the couple and myself.
The lodge has two restaurants, one located at the main house where you will have your breakfasts and dinners, and the other one, a beautiful gazebo over at the private lagoon. Both rooms and spaces are gorgeous.
The gourmet experience and cuisine is very basic and simple, but in full fairness, very tasty and of good quality, so no complains other than I was expecting more sophistication. A fix menu for each meal, announce a few hours in advance, with the option with due anticipation, to modify your options according to any dietary restrictions. Now breakfast was indeed very very basic and to my understanding poor and boring.
The lodge offers water activities (included in the price) such as water wheeling and kayak. A perfect way to explore the Island, swim, fish and enjoy the natural environment.
There are several paths opened in the forest. Boots and rain gear are at your disposition. Trekking around the island, which in fact wont take you longer than 15 minutes, but it shows off a beautiful island scenery.

I am not going to say much about the region of El Tigre, since I have blogged about it before, see here. The lodger is ocated in Arroyo Las Cañas, a small stream at the Islands 2nd Section of Paraná River Delta´s, San Fernando district, province of Buenos Aires, the property is characterized by the semi- wild nature as well as by the scarce population. This area takes both banks on approximately 1 mile of Arroyo Las Cañas, for which a stay of relax and serenity is granted.
My only comments with La Becasina Delta Lodge, is that the rural glamour of the Lodge is not fully matched by the sophistication and refinement of the service. What I mean by this, is that the structure, design and style of the main house and the bungalows are perfect and in sync with the environment, but the management, staff and happening of the lodge needs to step up to match the beauty and charm of the property. In an ideal world, I would love to see this hotel, with the same exact structure, maybe with a restoration of the pool area, run by the Four Seasons or Hyatt group. With a private yacht departing from the city of Buenos Aires, arriving to the island in full glamour to spend the day or overnight, in an extension of full luxury service and dining experience. Just an idea !!!!
My least favorite spot of the lodge, was the pool area. It looks a bit tired and the pool chairs were not comfortable nor pretty. The waters was always full of leaves and the bottom looked a bit dirty. Maybe it is just jaded spoiled me, who knows. I must admit that I am not a huge fan of public pools, nothing wrong with you own private plunge pool at your own room right.
My absolute favorite spots of the property were many, and I made sure to stay away from the rest of the guests and enjoy them in full: The pier, the gazebo over the private lagoon, the balcony of my bungalow, the living room of the main house and the main restaurant room.

Only one things annoyed me during my entire stay with them. You can take away, for the sake of relaxation and disconnection, the phones and the TV, I am totally fine with that. But if you say you have WiFi, even if you just offer the service at the main house, then HAVE IT. Nowadays with satellite internet there is no excuse not to offer this amenity to guests, and that is what I explained to them in a few words …” do not excuse yourself. If a tent in the middle of Africa, or a similar cottage on the board with Lao can have/offer WiFi, then anyone can… ” and for the record, having WiFi is not having a connection which takes users an average of four hours to upload a low resolution photo.
So summarizing the entire experience. I would come back again for one night to relax without a doubt, but next time well prepared, with books, movies and lower expectations on the level of refinement and sophistication. The cottages are beautiful except for a few details, that I would change… as a matter of fact I must admit, and every so often I do this at hotel rooms, I rearranged the layout of the furniture in my room. But, as you can or can’t see from the photo above, I will keep the new layout to myself, I do not want to give my ideas for free ha ha ha …. I think it is ideal for a couple, for someone looking to disconnect on its own, to see the other face of Buenos Aires, and for a wedding. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Sailing along the Lujan River at El Tigre


 Sailing along the Lujan River at El Tigre  |  Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  I spent my whole day today visiting the areas of San Telmo, San Isidro and El Tigre in the city of Buenos Aires. A day along the flowing history of the city of Buenos Aires, following the steps of the original Jesuits, overthrown by the Spanish colonies and further local aristocracy. A tale from the 19th century in a few words. More posts can be found at El Tigre. Worth visiting and speeding the day out of the hustle and bustle of the city of Buenos Aires sailing across the Rio de la Plata. Welcome to what I call WaterWorld, on of the last on growing deltas in the world, and the thirds largest river in the world, only 40 minutes away from the city of Buenos Aires. CM
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El Tigre, Delta of Buenos Aires

El Tigre, Delta of Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  One of the last remaining growing Deltas in the world. Located only an hour away from the city of Buenos Aires, introduces a completely different experience, environment and option for those visiting. Situated in the north of Greater Buenos Aires 28 km from downtown Buenos Aires. The town sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers and was founded in 1820, after floods had destroyed other settlements in the area, then known as the Las Conchas Partido. Tours by Carlos Melia to EL TIGRE.

The area’s name derives from the “tigres” or jaguars that were hunted there, on occasions, in its early years. The area was first settled by Europeans who came to farm the land, and the port developed to serve the Delta and to bring fruit and wood from the Delta and ports upstream on the Paraná river. Tigre is still an important timber processing port. The “Puerto de Frutos” (fruit port) is now a crafts fair located in the old fruit market by the riverside. The Naval Museum is also nearby. Antiques shops, riverside restaurants and pubs, the casino and Parque de la Costa, an amusement park and its renowned natural beauty make Tigre a popular tourist destination throughout the year.

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El Tigre is a destination I would recommend either to spend a Full Day exploring or an Overnight to relax and truly absorb the spirit of what the locals call the Islands. Experience a complete different Buenos Aires… Check the full Photo Album (here)

El Tigre Estacion Fluvial, the neuralgic point of El Tigre and port of the Delta. One of the busiest spots in this district and the starting point for any of the activities you might want to take once here. This is also the arrival/departure point for the Water Taxi. From here the options are multiple and I will introduce only a few of them to you:

El Tigre Paseo Victorica, a promenade that runs along the Parana River with restaurants and bars with beautiful views of the Delta and the European heritage expressed by the architecture of buildings such as the La Marina Regatas Club or the Villa Julia Hotel. Paseo Victoria is name in honor to the famous plastic artist. Here I would suggest visiting the Art Museum Tigre, Museo Naval and not least the MATE Museum.

Art Museum Tigre, former hotel and casino. Declared National monument, with both permanent and itinerant expositions. Here you’ll be able to know the work of local eminences such us Victorica itself, Quinquela Martin, Butler and Fader… among others. All icons of the plastics art of Buenos Aires. There is a small cover fee to access the Museum, which is worth paying to not only enjoy the art exhibitions, but also the magnificence of the building and the views of the Parana river from the terrace.

El Tigre
How to move around the channels. There are a few options available that adjust to every wallet/budget and choice. Private Boats, Water Taxis are great and allow you to enjoy El Delta at your own pace. Please let me know if this is your choice to assist you with info and bookings. The way most locals do it is by Public Boats. The main lines are “Jilguero”, “Interisleña” and “Delta”. You will see that locals and tourists use this as a bus. Easy to find due to their characteristic looks of dark wood and white or beige roofs, usually crammed with bags full of groceries, bottles of water…

El Tigre
Other attractions are: Parque de la Costa (amusement park) opens SAT/SUN and Holidays from 11AM to 7PM.  Casino Trilenium (for those that love gambling, located across the Delta Train Station of the Tren de la Costa ). But with no doubt, the star is the Puerto de Frutos ( Port of Fruits ) open daily, but I would recommend visiting either SAT/SUN to get the real vibe and feeling of it. A local flea market where you will find everything from fruit, vegetable, local homemade products, artisans and more…

El Tigre

Posada la Escondida • Island Boutique Hotel.( video )A small hotel located 2o minutes away from the Estacion Fluvial of El Tigre. Access either by public boat “Jilguero line” or by private boat (provided by the Posada). A rustic, basic but full of charisma boutique hotel, with only 7 rooms, a private bungalow and a restaurant. Full relaxation, great local food and the personalized and friendly service of their owners. Spend the day enjoying outdoors activities such us: kayaking, trekking, water skiing, fishing… or just relaxing by the pool. WiFi access, Direct TV. TIP: do not stay longer that 01 night and ask for the Corner Room or the Private Bungalow. For bookings do not hesitate to contact me Carlos Melia

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Villa Julia Hotel & Restaurant • located facing the Parana river, this Masion was built in 1906 by Engineer Maschwitz as his summer residence. It has been carefully restored and preserves it picturesque style of the early century even when other decorative elements were incorporated. The mansion is surrounded by a lavish garden with swimming pool. If your plan is to spend only the day at El Tigre, save some time to either do lunch or tea at their restaurant.

El Tigre Where to Eat.? My top recommendations are the following: Villa Julia Hotel and Restaurant ( Paseo Victorica. Breakfast/Lunch/Tea/Dinner ), Maria Lujan del Tigre ( Paseo Victorica, one of the only restaurants in the continent offering an outdoors terrace to the Parana River. See picture above ). El Gato Blanco ( www.gato-blanco.com – getting there will take most of your day, but you may consider it a full tour since you will have to take a public boat to get there sailing across the channels ).

El Tigre

Outdoors Activity are a must in this area. You may opt from many of the available options from Windsurfing to kayaking, trekking, biking, water skiing, fishing…. among others.

How to Get there. ? Getting there from/to the city of Buenos Aires is very easy and not expensive. There are several options:

(1). Water Taxi ( 1 hour 30 minutes approx. ) from/to Downtown Buenos Aires ( Puerto Madero / Darsena Norte ), to/from Estacion Fluvial El Tigre. With some of the best views of the city of Buenos Aires, Rio de la Plata and channels of El Tigre. ( USD 10 Round Trip x person ). Picture of the boat above.

(2). Regular Train + Tren de la Costa ( 1 hour 15 minutes approx. ) USD 3 per person each way. Take the “Mitre Line ” train at Retiro Train Station downtown Buenos Aires. Get off at Av. Maipu Station to combine with the Tren de la Costa to Delta. A nice touristic ride that will take you along the stream of Rio de la Plata, showing you different public and residential areas. With your train ticket you have the option to hop in/off at each station to better explore the region. Same instructions apply for your return.

(3). Bus + Tren de la Costa ( 1 hour 15 minutes approx. ) USD 3 per person each way. Best for those staying around the areas of Palermo, Recoleta and Belgrano. Take the bus line # 152 that runs along Santa Fe Av. Get off at the train station of Av. Maipu. The bus stop is right after the President’s Residence. There same as explained above connect with the Tren de la Costa.

(4). Taxi ( 40 minutes approx. ) USD 30 each way. For those less adventurous. I would not do this… but hey it is an option.

El Tigre My recommendation is to mix it a bit taking the the Regular Train + Tren de la Costa ( from Buenos Aires to El Tigre ) and then the Water Taxi ( from El Tigre back to Buenos Aires ). (*) Check the full Photo Album EL TIGRE, Delta of Buenos AiresSpecial THANKS to: Ines Mooney ( Posada la Escondida ) – Queco ( Directo of the Tourism Office of El Tigre ) – Sturla – Villa Julia Hotel and Restaurant. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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