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From Buenos Aires to Paraná

A journey to the Ciervo de los Pantanos National Park, the reserves in the north of Buenos Aires, the beaches in Rosario and the Pre-Delta National Park. Km: 548

This journey along the river and into the Delta starts in the natural paradise of Tigre, Buenos Aires. It continues through the Ciervo de los Pantanos National Park, visiting towns like Baradero, San Pedro, Ramallo and San Nicolás de los Arroyos up to Rosario, Santa Fe. After crossing the Rosario-Victoria Bridge, the journey continues into Entre Ríos and the Pre-Delta National Park. Last stop: City of Paraná.



  • Distance: 548 kilometres
  • Road type: 100% asphalt
  • Recommended months: all the year round
  • Suggested time: 5 to 7 days 



KM 0


The journey starts in Tigre, a natural paradise only 40 minutes from Buenos Aires City. Some places worth visiting include the historic centre, the Puerto de Frutos, Victorica Walkway and Villa La Ñata, as well as the old Royal Road circuit. Tigre offers a variety of cuisine and different types of accommodation. The islands in the Lower Delta are a must-see; you can visit them on board one of the many navigation tours departing from the port of Tigre. You can visit the islands during the day or you can stay for several days and get immersed in nature. The islands offer several types of accommodation to stay over along the river shore.

KM 30

Puertos de Escobar Natural Reserve

On the Luján River shore, 10 km from the city of Escobar, this 60-ha biological corridor preserves and protects the different habitats of the Paraná Delta. The flora of the area is characterised by cockspur coral trees, curupis (Sapium haematospermum), river alders, ferns and other native species. It is an ideal place to spend the day, go for a walk or ride a bike along trails over 6 km long.

KM 63

Ciervo de los Pantanos National Park

This is one of the major wetlands in the province of Buenos Aires. The symbol of the park, the mash deer, is the largest deer in South America and an endangered species declared as a National Monument. With a sharp eye and some luck, you may be able to see them roaming the beautiful paths along the coastal jungle. the cliffs' forests and the Pampa grasslands. It is a great place to spend the day, have a picnic and go for a stroll. This park has no camping area, but you can camp or find accommodation in Campana, the closest city.

KM 144


Following National Route 9, you will reach Baradero, the oldest city in the province. You can visit the Parque del Este Reserve, located near the city centre and next to Paraná River, where you can observe the biodiversity, the landscapes and environments of the region. Among beaches and cliffs, you will find self-guided trails to go for a stroll; a lake, a small zoo and two plant nurseries. In addition to fishing and enjoying the river, you can practice all kinds of nautical activities.

KM 178

San Pedro

With a wide range of accommodation options, San Pedro is the perfect getaway for those seeking to enjoy nature and the river. You can go along the broad streets of its historic centre on foot or by bike. San Pedro's cliffs are one of the most popular places to spend a sunny afternoon. The city also offers camping sites to enjoy the summer and navigation tours along the Paraná River. Some examples of regional cuisine include river fish, traditional barbecues and ensaimadas, a typical dessert from this area.

KM 199

Vuelta de Obligado

Near San Pedro, the Vuelta de Obligado Reserve is located along the edge of the Paraná River. You can go trekking along its trails while observing birds (it is an IBA site) and discover the typical flora and fauna of the northeast of Buenos Aires. After visiting the reserve, you can also stop at the Monument and Historic Museum of the Battle of Obligado, located in a gorgeous park on the river bank.

KM 261


The city of Ramallo is located on the widest sector of Paraná River, and it offers broad beaches to enjoy the river. Following the Coastal Road, only 8 km from the downtown area, you can visit Ramallo's Municipal Reserve, another IBA site known for being one of the few places where you can find cliffs with native forests full of large trees, such as the spiny hackberry, the chanar tree and the white carob tree. There are trails to go for a stroll and archaeological sites with pottery engraved and painted by native communities, as well as a large fossil site.

KM 287

San Nicolás de los Arroyos

A city with viewpoints overlooking the river, a promenade and beaches. In San Nicolás, you will find the Rafael de Aguiar Park, a Protected Nature Area, perfect to visit on bicycle or on foot, go for a stroll along the lakes and shores dressed in willows and river alders. At the park's entrance, you will find the Municipal Kayak School, where you can go on recreational outings and aquatic activities that do not require prior experience.

KM 279

Villa Constitución

If you continue along Provincial Route 21, you will reach the city of Villa Constitución. To the northeast of the city is the Isla del Sol Municipal Natural Reserve, which protects the wetlands in the Delta ecoregion and the Parana islands. In addition to kayaking and biking, you can also go birdwatching in this Reserve and observe the flora and fauna of the region.

KM 292

Pavón Waterfall

About 12 km to the north of Villa Constitución, you will find Pavón Waterfall, an 8-metre cascade on the plains. After the waterfall, the stream continues another 3 km surrounded by walls of over 20 metres until finally reaching its mouth in the Paraná River. You can go kayaking on this river.

KM 358


This journey continues up to the most important city of Santa Fe. Rosario's beaches are a great place to go all year round, but summer is the best time to visit them. Across the beach area, there are different options to go kayaking or do standup paddleboarding. On the weekends, you can take water taxis to visit the islands, where you will also find beaches and bars: the most popular ones being La Invernada and El Banquito de San Andrés. Located 1 hour away from Rosario, you can get to Tres Cerros Municipal Reserve by boat and walk around trails and walkways to admire landscapes, levees, pacara earpod trees and native flora and trees. It is the perfect place to take photographs of the flora and fauna and of the area’s landscape. Bear in mind that this is a wild area with no services.

KM 350


This bridge is a great work of engineering located in the Littoral region. It connects the provinces of Santa Fe and Entre Ríos and offers a stunning view you can enjoy from your car. In this sector of National Route 174, you can see islands with riparian gallery forests, with willows, cockspur coral trees and river alders, and bushes of maloxos, yellow laurels and curipis (Sapium haematospermum).

KM 409


If you follow National Route 174 up to Entre Ríos, you will reach the city of Victoria, famous for its ironwork and Spanish colonial-style houses built by Basque immigrants. Near the city, there are vineyards and wineries you can visit. An interesting place for birdwatchers is the Islas Victoria Reserve, a Protected Nature Area surrounded by brooks, streams, lakes and scenic landscapes. Among its abundant flora, you will find a great variety of species, such as the Victoria water lily, one of the largest water plants in the world. From Victoria to Paraná, the Provincial Route 11 crosses the ridges (or hills) of Entre Ríos. Along the way, you will see small colonies of Volga German immigrants, with some scenic vineyards and countryside grocery stores.

KM 485


In Diamante, the Paraná River branches out to form islands, islets and banks that are part of one of the largest deltas in the world. Some of the food dishes you need to try: the "Chaná", a traditional dish made of fish from the ancient native community chaná timbue. This city offers different types of accommodation and rural tourism activities.

KM 492


Only 5 km away from the city of Diamante, this National Park is one of the best places to admire the magical Paraná River and Delta nature. The park has trails that will let you explore its unique wetlands with forests of Humboldt's willows and river alders, and with huge Victoria water lilies floating in the internal lakes, making the area a real sight to see. With some luck, you may also see neotropical otters and broad-snouted caimans, both endangered species. Birdwatchers can take pleasure in trying to spot the symbol of the park: the ringed kingfisher. The park is also a fantastic place to do wildlife photography and to navigate along its streams, branches, lakes and wetlands (depending on the time of the year, the water level may prevent some navigation tours). The park has a recreational area with a simple camping sector and a grocery store.

KM 507

KM 548


The journey ends in Paraná, capital city of the province of Entre Ríos. Located on a cliff, Paraná is known for its natural landscape, architecture and sculptures. Facing the coast, there is a small island named Curupí; it is a Natural Monument where you can spend a relaxing day on the beach and practise water sports, like canoeing or kayaking. In the middle of the island, there is a small lake with abundant vegetation that feeds and protects its diverse aquatic fauna. During your visit, you may be able to see around 63 different species of birds.

Useful information

- If you plan to travel by plane, Buenos Aires and Paraná cities have airports.

- The following cities offer varied cuisine and accommodation options: Buenos Aires, Escobar, Campana, Baradero, San Pedro, Ramallo and San Nicolás (there are hotels, aparthotels, bungalows and camping areas). In Paraná, Diamante, Victoria and Rosario, you will also find camping areas and all kinds of accommodation.

- You can follow this route all year round, but remember that if you want to watch birds or visit the Pre-Delta National Park, it is best to go in autumn or spring. If you want to best enjoy the beach, take this route in summer. If you would like to see the Victoria water lily blossom, plan your trip between February and March.

- In general, both in the islands and Delta, there are multiple insects, including mosquitos. Put on mosquito repellent and, if you go hiking, wear trousers and a long-sleeve shirt.

- The Pre-Delta National Park may close during the periods when the river floods. It is important to check if the park is open before your trip through social media channels of the National Park's Administration or the closest tourist information centre.

- On your way back, you can visit the beaches of Santa Fe. You can cross to Santa Fe from Paraná city through the subfluvial tunnel. If you have time, you can visit the main green areas and beaches in Santo Tomé, Sauce Viejo and Coronda, Santa Fe.

- Remember to camp only in areas where camping is allowed. Put your trash in bags and take them with you. Only start a campfire in areas where it is allowed, and put them out with plenty of water.