A few miles south of our home here in San Clemente, Ecuador lies the mouth (Boca) of the Portoviejo River. A few days ago I heard that the city of San Jacinto had built a tower of some kind at the boca. I realized that it had been some time since I had ventured out to the boca, so I hopped on my bicycle and pedaled down the road to see what the tower looked like.
It was a beautiful sunny day and I always enjoy the ride through San Jacinto. We have spent several days exploring the river and viewing the wildlife around that area. The banks of the river are lined with old growth mangrove trees and I hoped that the tower had not displaced too many mangrove trees or otherwise encroached on the natural beauty of the area.
When I first arrived at the end of the roadway I did not see any tower. It was not until I climbed up the rocks along the roadway and looked about one hundred yards up river that I spotted this tower.
I could see the short wooden walkway leading up to the tower, so I went back around and approached the tower from the beach. It was low tide and a wide expanse of sandy beach was open allowing easy access to the new tower.
The walkway led to a steep ramp and up to the tower.
I could see that the tower was made to last with sturdy concrete pillars and solid concrete foundation stands.
The view of the river was well worth the short climb to the top of the tower where a firm deck and solid hand rails provided the perfect shaded vantage point to see well up the river and across the boca to the Crucita side.
The climb also revealed additional walkways leading back into the mangroves.
This walkway was obviously constructed in such a way to wind around established trees and root systems without destroying the habitat. About a hundred yards of walkway winds around through the trees allowing visitors to see and experience the mangrove forest from up close without having to wade through dangerous waters.
I thoroughly enjoyed being (what seemed like miles from civilization) surrounded by mangrove trees and their extensive root system. The walkway led back around to the river.
And ended at this dock.
The tides alter the water level here by six to nine feet, so the “dock” at this point looked more like a diving platform, but would be an accessible docking spot for small boats at high tide..
After enjoying the view of the river, I turned and retraced my way back around the walkway.
Low tides allow access to many secluded nooks and crannies with pristine soft sand beaches perfect for day trips and picnics. I walked around and up the river a bit to get a picture of the new tower from the river.
If you live in this area we recommend that you take the time to head to the boca to experience the beauty of the mangroves from this new tower and walkway here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!