Rio Sabalo &
Season Dates: December to April
Price: Starts at US$96 a day for meals, kayaking, and camping (see below for details)
Length of Tour: 1-3 Day Trips Available
Adventure/Activity Level: I to II
Accommodation Options Available:
The Rio Sabalo offers calm long snake-like paths cutting through thick mangroves, and slow murky waters. Located in the Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica in the southwest part of the Golfo Dulce, this beautiful river sits behind Playa Zancudo. The incredible surrounding mangroves can be enjoyed by all level of paddlers.
Bird life abounds throughout the river. Magnificent Frigate birds, Brown Pelicans and others soar overhead, the shore is spotted with bright white Egrets, or a group of cazily pink Roseate Spoonbills sit out starkly against the dark green backdrop. Many others can be spotted as well and birders will love this river. Crocodiles and Caimans can be seen sun bathing on the muddy banks of the river as we quietly try to keep our presence unknown. Howler monkeys sound in the distance and a group of White Faced Capuchin Monkeys may stop by and perform some acrobatics for us.
Playa Zancudo is the location of choice for us to unwind before or after this trip with warm showers and comfy beds easily found. Remote enough that you rarely see more than a few people on the long expanse of black sand beach, the small town serves as gem in the jungle. Located south of Golfito, it is easily accessed by boat for those who fly into the Puerto Jimenez or Golfito airports.
Playa Zancudo is small peninsula with the warm waters of the Golfo Dulce on one side and the extensive river system of the Rio Coto Colorado on the other, this is a perfect location for adventerous kayakers.
"It's easy to become overwhelmed by the closeness of the mangroves. The mangroves themselves vibrate with life, seeming to move of their own accord."