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Amazon Natural Park and Creek

May 16, 2017 - Delfin II

Right after breakfast we loaded the skiffs and went to explore a private reserve called Amazon Natural Park. This reserve has a very mature forest with a great sample of rubber trees that date from the rubber baron era. Seven hanging bridges traverse the reserve—a highlight for our guests.

After lunch, we visited a Cocama village along the Marañon River. We were greeted by the women of the village who were dancing to the rhythm of their local drums and flutes. In this village, we learned about their lifestyle and also had the opportunity to enjoy a pond that had the giant water lilies, the Victoria regia lilies.   

In the late afternoon, we explored Piraña Creek. Sloths, common squirrel monkeys and different species of birds brought joy to our guests. As the sun began to set, flocks of oropendulas, caciques, parakeets and many other birds returned to their nesting grounds. It was another great day in the Upper Amazon.

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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.