A trip to Boca de los Espinos

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The slender trees invite travelers to gaze into the forest.

The slender trees invite travelers to gaze into the forest.

The Pacific Ocean southern coast of the Chiriquí province is long and vast. Numerous beaches and estuaries dot the coastline that goes from Punta Burica in Barú to Quebrada de Piedra in Tolé.

One of the most attractive points on the Chiriquí coast is where three rivers called Escarrea, Duablo and Chiriquí Viejo meet to form Boca de los Espinos (Mouth of the Spines). There are two ways to get there.

The first way is more scenic, with a boat trip through an estuary with views of birds and other wetland creatures on the way to the mouth of the rivers. This adventure can begin by boat from the Estero Rico pier, located in Santo Tomás in the Alanje district. It is accessible via the Querévalos-Guarumal-Santo Tomás route from the Pan American Highway west of La Concepción. The second option is to take the last five kilometers to the ocean by car and have the option to explore further once you reach the ocean.

Bird watching opportunities abound.

Bird watching opportunities abound.

On the boat ride to Boca de los Espinos travelers can observe the unique eco-system, the mixing of fresh and brackish water, the twisted and svelte mangroves, tricolor herons and blue and white crab eating birds. The most impressive part of the trip is to see and hear the powerful surf coming from Charco Azul Bay.

The boat trip is relaxing even as the vessel crosses the mouth of the river on the way to visit Estero Rico Beach with its warm and foamy waters.

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