Casual Trail and Yanayacu River

Oct 30, 2017 - Delfin II


Our first day exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve began by exploring a lush forest in Tierre Firme. The area is called Casual and never floods, allowing interesting animals to settle here. With the help of local guides, we had a great morning with sightings of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and insects.

During the afternoon, we explored a beautiful river called Yanayacu. Its black water flows into the Marañon River and pink and gray dolphins gathers here to feast on the fish that get confused in the mouth of the river. Some of our guests kayaked while others explored on skiffs.

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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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