San Francisco Village & Clavero Lake

Aug 30, 2017 - Delfin II

We continued our exploration of the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve, just after breakfast, visiting the lively San Francisco community. In this place, we experienced how people live nowadays in the Upper Amazon.

A central point in this visit, is the meaningful encounter with some Minga Peru beneficiaries. The latter is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1998, that has as their main mission the promotion of social justice and human dignity for women and their families in remote rural areas of the Peruvian Upper Amazon. Projects like the technical training in agroforestry, crop cultivation and the construction and management of fish ponds has given economical sustainability of many people of the area. Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic support these valuable efforts through the LEX-NG Fund gathering vital funds for all these projects.

In the afternoon, we explored Yarapa Caño. This narrow creek was as its best today for we saw many rainforest creatures like monkeys and birds. A beautiful sunset told us that it was time to come back to our home away from home this week the cozy Delfin II.

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Carlos Romero

Expedition Leader

Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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