Casual & Yanacacu River

Jan 29, 2018 - Delfin II


Today, we started with high spirits our expedition in the magnificent Upper Amazon in Peru. Early in the morning at sunset we went for a skiff ride in a small stream called Parauachiro Caño. In this location, we observed many bird and monkey species. Right after breakfast we went for a hike in an area known as Casual.   Equipped with rubber boots and with the company of our naturalists plus a couple of local native scouts from a nearby community we explored a “terra firme” rainforest trail. This outing was an introduction to fascinating dynamics of the Neotropical rainforests and its inhabitants.   The explanations of our naturalists and the eagles´ eyes of the local scouts made a great combination. We observed several frog species and a juvenile three-toed sloth. We saw a Goliath tarantula and several insect species as well. The icing of the cake of this morning´s outing was the spotting of a beautiful snake species, a red-tailed boa. 

In the afternoon, after lunch, we explored the Yanayacu River which is a black water tributary of the Marañon River. In this area, several bird species and some three-toed sloths were spotted. The early and late hours of the day are the best ones for spotting the inhabitants of the rainforest.

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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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