Amazona Community and Yarapa River

Nov 01, 2017 - Delfin II


The Upper Amazon is known for its pristine forest and the great biodiversity that is found in it. The area also has a big number of settlements. This people that live along the river are known as the “Ribereños”. On this day we had the opportunity to visit a small community called Amazona.

In this community, the Non-Profit Organization Minga Peru has the mission to promote social justice and human dignity, primarily for women and families.  We spent the morning learning a lot more from the mouth of the village people how their life has changed thanks to this program.

Our afternoon activities in the Upper Amazon was exploring the Yarapa River, a tributary of the Ucayali River. Some of our guest explored via kayak while others went on the skiffs. The diversity of plants and animals amazed each of the explorers.

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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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