Amazonas Village & Clavero Lake

Feb 07, 2018 - Delfin II

After a superb breakfast, we visited the Amazonas community. Here, we had a great time watching and experiencing firsthand how people live nowadays in the Amazonia. Our visitors marveled at how little things in life that we take from granted can mean so much for other people in a different environment.

The highlight of this cultural visit was a brief but emotional encounter with a welcoming committee formed by Minga Peru. The latter is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998, that has as a mission the promotion of social justice and human dignity for women and families in the remote rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon. They have been developing various projects in the area, technically training women and community members in agroforestry, crop cultivation and the construction and management of fish ponds has proofed to be invaluable to increase the economical sustainability of many people.  

In the early afternoon we disembarked for our next visitors’ site, Clavero Lake.   We started the afternoon’s activities by swimming in this remote lake. After that, we came back just in time to go on a skiff ride around the lake and in a couple of nearby small streams. We saw a lot of wildlife including three-toed sloths, many bird species, pygmy marmosets, green iguanas, etc.

We came back to ship at sunset with a fiery red sky as our companion. The scenery was spectacular!

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Carlos Romero

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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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