San Francisco Community and Clavero Lake

May 17, 2017 - Delfin II


Our third day exploring the Marañon River began with a pre-breakfast skiff exploration through Marayali Creek. A great morning for birding. The diversity of the area amazed our guests who enjoyed taking pictures or just observing the local wildlife through binoculars.

In the morning, we visited the friendly community of San Francisco. The locals took us around the village so we could learn more about the “ribereños,” people who live off the forest and the river. This community is well-organized and women are empowered. They participate in the economy of their homes by making beautiful basket and plates from the fiber of the Chambira palm.

In the afternoon, our activities were concentrated on Clavero Lake, which we explored on skiffs. More birds and primates were sighted. On our way back to Delfin II, the sun bid us farewell with a gorgeous sunset.

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About the Author

Cristian Moreno

Expedition Leader

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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