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About Delta Unplugged
Delta Unplugged offers the opportunity to enjoy the Tigre Delta’s unique subtropical nature and get an insight into the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Local hosts Ana and Ralph offer an authentic, personal day out in the delta, in a small group (maximum 8 people), navigating narrow streams and treating their guests with homemade delicacies, served picnic style out in the nature and at their home, 45 minutes by boat from Tigre harbor.
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ann h wrote a review Dec 2020
Bordeaux, France56 contributions10 helpful votes
I, my husband & friend just spent a wonderful day on the Delta. Our hosts Ana & Ralph made sure it was a memorable event. All I had to do was book. We were picked up by Taxi & taken to the water taxi in Tiger which brought us to their home on the Delta. Ralph served his homemade bread & honey with verbena tea delicious! Meanwhile Ana told us all about life on the the Delta & showed us on the map the route we went about to embark upon. Off we went on their boat, lazily cruising & totally relaxing. Both of them are so knowledgeable and bubbly about life on the river & had eyes that spotted all the lovely wild life. Ana took fab photos which she later sent us. Halfway along we pulled in under a weeping willow where Ralph proceeded to cook us an amazing lunch. My husband who hates fish could no get enough of Ralph’s catfish! After several glass of delicious wine I had a little snooze on the way back. When we docked at the house Ana produced amazing ginger ice cream before bringing us back to Tiger for our taxi home. I definitely recommend “Delta Unplugged” everything about it was magical!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Pinders wrote a review Jul 2020
Fairfield, California1037 contributions154 helpful votes
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I was in Buenos Aires in 2018 and wanted to do this trip, but we were only there for a day. I planned ahead this time and booked the tour after exchanging emails with Ana. She made all the arrangements for us including pick up at our hotel in Buenos Aires and water taxi and transferring us to the airport. Our taxi driver, Gaston, was right on time and soon we were on our way to Tigre. Gaston didn’t speak any English, but we were able to communicate with our limited Spanish. He dropped us off at the water taxi. Gaston kept our luggage for the day while my friend and I headed off to explore the delta. The water taxi ride was about 15 minutes, winding our way past various homes and waterways. We pulled up to a little dock and were greeted by Ana and Ralph and welcomed to their home. The resident cat and dogs appeared. The little black cat insisted that I pet her. Their son Octavio said hello and was headed to summer camp for the day. It was very hot outside, and we sat on their outdoor deck and enjoyed the hummingbirds as well as fresh baked bread with dulce de leche, honey and marmalade. Ana gave us background info. Ana was in the travel industry in Buenos Aires and Ralph was a chef from Switzerland. He had worked as a chef in many restaurants and then decided to see the world by working as a chef on a ship. Ralph bought this property in about 2001 and began fixing it up. The property now contains three buildings. Some date back to the 1880’s. One of the buildings used to be for tango dancing. Another contained the kitchen and dining areas for tango evenings. There was also a newer building where the family now sleeps. The kitchen building was cool. They have an old wooden refrigerator that is now used as a pantry. In addition, there is a huge original clay oven. Ana met Ralph while leading a tour through the delta in around 2006. They have been together ever since and have been leading tours on the delta for about 13 years. Ana took us on a tour of the older part of their house and shared photographs from the tango days. A large map of the delta hung on the wall, and Ana showed us the route we would be taking. The sediments kind of flow through the area, and the delta is getting bigger – expanding into the Silver River, creating more islands. After about an hour we boarded their boat and began cruising down the waterways. It was peaceful, beautiful, and hot! There are so many residences set along the banks. There are no roads on the island – you must travel by boat. Lots of people were outside lounging on their decks and swimming. Many dogs greeted us as we motored by. Some of the homes were simple and rundown, others were super fancy. What a great place to have a home. We saw numerous birds throughout the day and attempted to get photos of them. Ana has the same exact camera as me – Canon Powershot SX60, and she is good at using it. She took photos all day long and shared them with us when we got home. There were reeds, grasses, poplar trees, bamboo, and a variety of vegetation growing along the shores. Trees leaned over in the narrower areas creating a shaded passageway. We continued cruising through the delta, admiring the homes and enjoying the beauty around us. Eventually we came to the wider river and sped across ... into another tributary. For lunch we anchored in the shadow of a large tree. Ralph set up the barbecue, and began grilling bacon-wrapped prunes, catfish and steak. Ana served us so many delicious side dishes – a corn, tomato, avocado salad, crudités of fresh veggies, skewers with olives and zucchini, empanadas with ground beef, egg, and potato, and bread. We sampled a white Malbec and a red Malbec, and were offered water, juice, and beer. Everything was so good! Ralph even fried up a big potato dish that was kind of like a huge hash brown patty. So good. For dessert, we enjoyed panna cotta with orange sauce. As we ate, Ana would toss breadcrumbs into the water, and the fish would bite. A kingfisher hung out with us and dove down to try and grab a smaller fish. He was successful several times. Nice close encounters! We also saw egrets, caracara, large chicken-looking ducks, a snake swimming, geese, wooden rail bird, and more. We motored on, continuing our exploration of the various channels. What a great day. We passed an ice cream boat parked along the side as well as several grocery delivery boats. They do a booming business. We got back to their home at about 4p and sat outside with a fan on and had another treat – homemade ice cream (mata and ginger flavored). Jeez – we were spoiled. Ana made mata served with cold juice and insisted I try it. The mata spoon is interesting – it’s more of a straw/spoon thing that allows you to drink without consuming all those leaves. We relaxed and watched the family of wooden rail birds in the backyard. They remind me of the roadrunner cartoon character with their quick movements. At 5p, the water taxi arrived to take us back to the Tigre dock. Gaston was waiting for us with our suitcases, and dropped us off at the airport. What a great way to end the day!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Kelly V wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada154 contributions83 helpful votes
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We had a memorable day with Ana and Ralph. We took advantage of the offer for the driver to pick us up from our hotel and take us directly to the private taxi boat. Yes, it was a bit of extra $ but it was very convenient and stress free. We learned a lot about life for people living in the Delta. Ana shared her love of the wildlife and we took some amazing pictures (attached). If you are looking for a quick tour - this is not for you. If you want a relaxing day cruising the delta, learning about the local life, how and why the water levels change, etc., all accompanied by delicious food - then don't think twice! Ana was very responsive by email and WhatApp. She answered all of our questions before we booked. They are on face book also.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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danielczyk12 wrote a review Feb 2020
Mount Airy, Maryland201 contributions37 helpful votes
We always try to have an experience that is "not" your typical tourist trap experience and Ana & Ralph did not disappoint. We had a great time despite the rainy weather visiting their home and enjoying the afternoon on their boat. Ralph's cooking was amazing. We were felt like family!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Alexa S wrote a review Jan 2020
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My fiance and I spent two weeks traveling all over Peru and Argentina, but this experience stood out as the highlight of our trip! As we tell all our family and friends about our adventures abroad, the majority of our story is about Delta Unplugged! Do yourself a favor, and GO, go experience all that the Delta and this wonderful couple has to offer! The day flew by as we made memories, ate great food, heard some history and made friends in other countries. The day starts off in their home where we heard the background of their historic home, how Delta Unplugged came about and ate delicious homemade breads and spreads. From there, we hopped on their gorgeous boat and set sail through the Delta. The ride is long and enjoyable with the most delicious lunch about halfway through. To be clear, this lunch was the best food I ate during my whole two weeks! We sipped on delicious wines that were expertly paired with our foods, had perfectly cooked steak and the freshest marinated fish. The list of exquisite food goes on and on- you will sure eat your fill! The day ended with Mate and homemade ice cream at their home. Ana taught us about the mate ritual and about its background. Going above and beyond, they knew it was my fiance's birthday and they had an extra special surprise waiting for him. It meant so much to us! We made friends, left full, and had endless amounts of laughs. I HIGHLY recommend this experience.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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