Atun Poza & Pacaya River

Feb 09, 2018 - Delfin II

Today I woke up in high spirits. I had the feeling that is going to be a fantastic day and I was not wrong! We had a wonderful exploration day. After breakfast, we visited Atun Poza. In this location, we had the thrill to observe not only many bird species and monkeys but some people who live in this remote location as well.

We had our breakfast outdoors today. Our naturalists equipped with white gloves helped us to serve breakfast that was brought from the ship. A memorable meal in a very special location.

In the afternoon, we went deep and far into the Pacaya River. This river is the farthest destination we will reach in our expedition this week. Our skiffs arrived at a large black water ox bow lake called Yanayacu Lake. We stopped there momentarily to stretch our legs and use toilet facilities.  After it, we had the chance to swim in the lake surrounded by pink river dolphins that were heard and seen at a short distance. We continued with our exploration and we had great encounters with wildlife. All of us saw several red howler monkeys troops and several three toed-sloths.

At sunset, we came back to the Delfin II.  It was a long day but well wort the effort! 

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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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