Amazon Natural Park & Nauta Caño

Feb 13, 2018 - Delfin II

Today, on the second full day of our expedition on the remarkably bio-diverse Amazonia, we had an early visit to the Amazon Natural Park. In this private owned reserve, we crossed a small lagoon on catamarans, then walked to arrive to a long suspension bridge. We had the joy to and listen to our expert Delfin II naturalists talking about several plant species and about some fascinating aspects of the ecology of the rainforest of the Neotropics. 

In the afternoon, we explored Nauta Caño by skiff rides or by kayaking. This beautiful creek is covered with thick vegetation where our naturalists spotted several species of colorful birds like macaws and toucans as well as some few three-toed sloths and a couple of squirrel and saki monkey troops. Finally, late in the evening, just after dinner we had a short night walk that allowed us to be immersed in the symphony of the forest sounds in the darkness.

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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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