Tigre River: height, map, and everything you need to know

Argentina shares the Tigre River with neighbouring Peru and Ecuador, with major recreational centres on its banks.
Río Tigre

The Tigre River, located in Patagonia (Argentina), rises to an altitude of around two thousand metres and runs for thirty kilometres.

Along its course, some streams, such as El Alerce, Villegas, among others, give their water as a gift. It is the only way to reach the Dos Picos hill.

It was given the name of Tigre after the death of a Yaguarete who lived near the river. It had wreaked havoc on the local population. There were many tigers in the area, but due to the growth of the population, they were wiped out, until today there are only a few left, protected in the jungle.


Current level of the Tigre River.

The current level of the Tigre River is 0.90 metres, the level varies depending on the thaw, it is considered in alert when the level reaches 3.20 metres and in evacuation when it reaches 3.80 metres.

Map of the Tigre River.

The map shows the course of the river. From its source to its mouth.

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Tigre River Peru

Peru has another river with the same name as the one in Argentina, but unlike Argentina, Peru shares it with Ecuador. It is 598 kilometres long, of which only 200 kilometres are navigable.

This river is located in the Peruvian Amazon. It rises on the border between Peru and Ecuador. In its course it receives the river Tangarana (see article: Rio Parana).

Here are some swamps that contain the largest accumulation of graphite in the Amazon basin. This has been proven by an analysis carried out by several institutions.

rio tigre peru

The river is surrounded by riverside forests. On the way, near the village of La Cañera, we can admire a beautiful waterfall with a drop of twenty-nine metres, a wonderful tourist attraction.

It can be reached by car or motorbike, at a distance of about five hundred metres, up to a suspension bridge from where you can see the waterfall. From there, you can walk to the banks of the waterfall, and if you wish, you can go to the beginning or the end of the waterfall (see article: Yuruá or Juruá River).

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Tigre River Ecuador

In Ecuador, the Tigre River is located in the province of Pastaza and is the main source of water for the Marañón River. Its riverbed is quite wide, five hundred metres wide, although its width decreases when it reaches Peruvian territory, reaching one hundred and fifty metres.

When it reaches Peruvian territory, the Tigre is a large, fast-flowing and navigable river. It runs through a mountainous area, which makes it difficult to navigate.

Pollution of the Tigre

Unfortunately, the Tigre River is very polluted. It is so high that when it flows into the Lujan River there is a noticeable difference in the colour of the water, with the Tigre being black and the Lujan brown. At times of low tide, the smell of the water is very strong and there is a lot of rubbish floating in the water. There is also a high level of dead fish, which indicates a high level of pollution. An organised group has been set up to clean up the water.

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As the town of El Tigre is located on the banks of the river, its course is used as the main means of transport. It has been called the Venice of Argentina, where you can find a great variety of leisure centres (see article: Río Yavarí).

Along its course, you can see houses ranging from the most luxurious to the most modest, each with its own dock, and you can watch people passing by in their boats, stopping at the dock to greet their neighbours.

tigre muelleIn the following video you can see a tour of the Tigre River, including the recreational areas and the location of the houses, watch it and learn a little more about this river.

To make the tour in the Tigre river, you have several options, there are the tourist boats, and the collective ones, these are a little more economical since it is like public transport, of course, if you go on a tour, it is more advisable to make an itinerary in the tourist boats that have their fixed departure times and several options of tour by the hour, there are one and two hour tours.

This service is offered by three companies based in the town, each with its own tariff.

If you go for a walk, do not miss the Mate Museum, where you can drink an infusion of yerbamate, a tradition that dates back to the aborigines and has been passed down over time to become a common tradition in the country.

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