Feb 04

Visit the Estrella Fluvial del Sur & the Beaches of the Atabapo River

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River

 

Guainia department, bordering Venezuela in the lush jungles of eastern Colombia, is home to many stunning natural and cultural attractions. Second perhaps only to the incomparable beauty of the Cerros de Mavecure is the Estrella Fluvial del Sur and the beaches of the Atabapo River, on the border between Guainia, Vichada and Venezuela…

This meeting point of 3 giant rivers, the Atabapo, Guaviare and Orinoco was first documented by Alexander Von Humboldt, who gave it the name “Fluvial Star of the South” (it has also been called the Estrella Fluvial de Inirida, Estrella Fluvial del oriente, and Estrella Fluvial de Humboldt) At this point, the blackwater river of the Atabapo merges with the muddy waters of the Guaviare and the Orinoco, and all 3 merge into one to become the main trunk of the Orinoco, which will continue on across the whole of Venezuela before emerging into the Atlantic Ocean.

Visiting from Inirida is relatively easy: book a ticket on a voladora speedboat, which departs daily at 6am (ish) from the same docks as the police boats – Hotel Toninas can help you organize your passage, which costs 20.000 COP each way. The boat will head to Amanaven (technically in Vichada), where you can arrange for a bongo canoe to take you to enjoy the meeting point of the river (where you can stop and enjoy bathing in the waters of 3 rivers at once), and then on to the Maviso Rock on the Atabapo – this giant rock was home to a (now ruined) naval base, and is the site of a stunning white-sand beach, and red/coffee colored waters, full of colorful fish, and ideal for swimming. Ask the boatman to drop you there and come back a little later, before you catch the 3pm boat back to Inirida. When I visited, 7 of us split just 30.000 COP for this little half-day trip…

Words can’t do this stunning sight much more justice, so I’ll leave you with a photo gallery of the Estrella Fluvial del Sur and the beaches of the Atabapo River…

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
The Atabapo meeting the Orinoco…

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
A bongo canoe with the Orinoco River stretching into the distance

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
Beaches and rocks in the Orinoco

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
3 rivers selfie…

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
The Estrella Fluvial del Sur seen from Maviso

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
The view of the Atabapo from the old naval base

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
The Atabapo River and it’s beaches

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
A crazy spot for a swim!

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
…or a sunbathe!

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
…no words!

 

Estrella Fluvial del Sur Atabapo River
The mirror-like waters of the Atabapo River

 

If you have any questions about visiting the Estrella Fluvial del Sur or the beaches of the Atabapo River, please get in touch via the comments…

Chris

3 thoughts on “Visit the Estrella Fluvial del Sur & the Beaches of the Atabapo River

  1. Fabiola Acosta on

    I love your website! I am planning a trip to Colombia in June/July and have been reading as much as I can on here to have the best trip. How far away is this place from either Bogota or Cartagena? I am planning on visiting both cities and want to make the proper arrangements to possibly visit Estrella Fluvial Del Sur. Thank you so much for all this information!!

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      Chris on

      Hi Fabiola,

      The Estrella Fluvial is in Guainia department, which is a long way from either Cartagena or Bogota, but you have to fly there anyway – it’s a long way from anywhere on the Colombian tourist trail! Your best bet is to look for flights to Inirida from Bogota with the airline Satena (which should cost somewhere in the region of 5/600.000 COP). From Inirida the Estrella Fluvial is easily accessed, as explained in this post. And you can also make time to visit the majestic Mavecure Hills (just look at the suggested posts on this article for more info on those). Hope this helps,

      Chris

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