Rio Estrella, an adventure up the river delta

Rio Estrella delta
Rio Estrella delta

z After an hour of riding along the beach, we arrived at a galop at the river delta of Rio Estrella. The Talamancan mountains standing out in the background. Breathtaking, untouched and wild. We felt we had arrived in the Amazon!

Looking to the future
Looking to the future

Shiloh, my Peruvian Paso and dear friend, looked out into the river, thinking twice about sharing the water with some crocodiles. I felt like Crocidile Terry , though I wasn't ready to go hug any crocodiles soon!

A dug out canoe waited for us to take us up the river. The guide was going to show us all the water animals, flying animals and animals lurking in the jungle branches. I thought the boat drawn up on the beach, looked like something out of Gilligan's Island. I know, I know, I compare to lots of movies and TV shows, but I really lived them as a child watching them, and now I am REALLY living the adventure! Too cool and exciting for words!

Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island

Along the way we sighted a turtle, a pelican perched on a tree stump looking for fish, a baby crocodile, howler monkeys staring at us from the tree tops and beautiful pure white storks with their long skinny legs.

Rio Estrella pelican
Rio Estrella pelican

Our oars splashed through the rivers water,as we passed the bullrushes, the wind made them rustle and swish, the only sounds that we heard.

bullrushes in the wind
bullrushes in the wind

After exploring all the river inlets we headed back to our horses, who were patiently waiting for us. Time for our picnic and then we would head back.

Rio Estrella picnic
Rio Estrella picnic

Anya was happy to share some water.

sharing water
sharing water

A last look at this desert delta and we were on our way home.

Rio Estrella river mouth
Rio Estrella river mouth

The jungle path followed the beach under the coconut trees. Evie stopped to open one with a machete and drink the pipa water inside. Pipa water is one of the best liquids to drink when dehydrated. Even a newly born child can be given this. It is amazing and delicious to drink.

Rio Estrella path
Rio Estrella path

I truly never get tired of trekking in this area. So wild and untouched, nature so close. Even in the tropical heat, the beach ride is always refreshing with a light breeze.

You should come try this, you will be amazed!