Casual & Yanacacu River

Aug 28, 2017 - Delfin II

Today we start our expedition in the enigmatic Upper Amazon of Peru.  This morning we all woke up in high spirits to explore a location known as Casual.   We had a hike on a “terra firme” rainforest. The latter never gets flooded allowing a peculiar richness of plants and animals biodiversity. Our naturalists plus three local native men from a nearby community helped us to locate some interesting species. We observed some frog species, a couple of beautiful snake species, a red-tailed boa and a juvenile green anaconda.  The icing of the cake of this morning´s outing was the spotting of a juvenile bicolor porcupine.

In the afternoon, after lunch, we explored the Yanayacu River which is a large black water tributary of the Marañon River. We had a very successful skiff ride for we observed several bird species. A spectacular golden sunset gave a magical ambiance to our return to the ship. 

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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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