Shaped like a tacuara-cane tipi, a dry toilet gives way to a great alternative toilet during the summer (but not much fun on cold winter nights or during the monthly river’s rise). Backpackers and Couchsurfers are encouraged to stay for a few days to help out with building out the space, and if they want, to swim in the brown water of the Parana. And for those looking to connect with the wildlife, there is plenty on show. Wonderful creatures such as the chiricote bird can be spotted within the islands.
The area’s inhabitants also try to keep an old world charm as homes are marked with names instead of numbers. Each of the homes on the islands have their own wooden pier and sometimes their own small boat. A boat-shop called ´Picaflor´ (humming bird) sells daily essentials.
Whether you are a backpacker looking for Latin wilderness, a Permaculture enthusiast or a Couchsurfer (like this writer, surfing in her own hometown!), we recommend you to dip in the Buenos Aires’ delta.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat