Belluda Caño & El Dorado River

Feb 15, 2018 - Delfin II

A full day of exploration took us to two remote locations of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon of Peru, “Belluda Caño” in the morning and “El Dorado River” in the afternoon.  

A beautiful calm and relatively cool and misty morning opened our expedition today. Very early, at around 0600 we were out already.  The early hours of the day are very good to spot wildlife and we were fortunate for we saw a lot! Many bird species including macaws and birds of prey were seen. We were lucky to find monk saki and night owl monkeys, as well.  After breakfast, we had a talk about the primates of the reserve, one of mfavorite subjects and an Amazon medicinal plants presentation as well.

In the afternoon after kayaking we explored the “El Dorado River”. We had plenty of time to go far into this beautiful river. The late hours are prime time as well to observe the extraordinary biodiversity that inhabit the rainforests. During this expedition, we had a lot of amazing sightings including the view of some spectacled caimans in the way back to the ship as the night was falling in 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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