Our second day in Rio dawned bright and sunny and we enjoyed coffee on our rooftop terrace and watching the fishermen head out to fish.
From our terrace we could see Flamingoes feeding on a sand bar
We headed downstairs for a breakfast of huevos rancheros… yum!
Then it was time to load up for our morning birding boat tour up the river. We boarded the AleJandra with our captain, Alberth who turned out to be a great guide and speaks excellent English.
The locals hand fish from the sea wall.
The community swim and swing palapa…
Double crested cormorants were drying their wings on the sign. They are divers like loons
View up the river, which is freshwater.
Mangrove cuckoo – Alberth got very excited when we saw this guy.
Needlefish and jellyfish
WHAT? What was that? Mud zombies???Mangrove seed pods
He explained how the seeds would vertically float for awhile then eventually plant themselves
More cormorantsNot sure what this guy was but very pretty…
Then we reached the big area next to the saltworks and they were everywhere! They feed on the shrimp larvae that are in the water and this part of the river is shallow so they can stand.
Wow – so amazing!
Now – time for our saltwater soak and mudbath. Too wet and messy for the camera. Our captain pulled over to the bank of the saltworks and we climbed over and into a shallow trough of saltwater. You can float in it as it is so buoyant (be sure and where water shoes for your excursion). Then we went a bit further for our mudbath. Alberth reached down in a hole, pulling out fresh silky mud for us to scrub up and cover ourselves. It’s like going to the spa but much more fun! The mud is too deep on the river side to rinse off, so you leave it on to dry on the boat ride back to Rio.
Skip added a bit to his brow for the cro magnon man look
We zipped past Rio, out the cut and around to the beach to rinse off and chill for a bit. There is only one house on the beach right now, and an acquaintance is selling lots and developing the beach. This part of the Gulf has calmer waters and the winds run parallel to the beach making it a perfect kite-boarding paradise.
What a heavenly hammock spot…
A dolphin skull was lying under the hammock palapa
Time flies… time to head back to Rio for a late lunch. As you come in the cut there is a fisherman’s memorial on the bank.
We chose to eat lunch at the El Perico Marinero Restaurant…
Fresh octopus ceviche!
Then a walk back through town to the Macumba (just a few blocks). A typical house…
Villa de Pescadores Hotel
Cardinals are popular as caged birds in this area…
Time for a nap! We’ve got to re-charge for evening and a night at the rodeo in San Felipe…