Clavero Lake and Puerto Prado Community

Oct 28, 2017 - Delfin II


Our last day exploring the Upper Amazon began just after sunrise. We loaded the skiffs and explored Clavero Lake. Several communities had settled in this area since the Ucayali River passed next to it.  A big flood changed the topography of the area and they were then left isolated. What used to be a river became a lake. There was much to see in this area nowadays.

For the afternoon we had the privilege to visit a Kokama village, Puerto Prado. Here we were received with local dances and music. It was of great joy for all our guest to participate in this unique welcome.

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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

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.

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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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