San Jorge community and Clavero Lake

Mar 07, 2018 - Delfin II

The upper Amazon is not only jungle and animals; it is also ancient communities of people that have been living here for thousands of years, they co-exist in these ecosystems and paly a very important role nowadays un the conservation of one of the biggest “lounges” of the planet that provides oxygen and life to the rest of the world. The amazon area located south-America is almost the size of the Unites States in North America.

Today we visited a local community called San Jorge or Saint George, it is at the foot of the Marañon River; these people are very happy of having our visit. They had prepared their tools to perform and show to us what they do in a normal day of their lives. The kids of the place come very close to the riverbank to give us a warm welcome, they seem curious about us. We disembarked to learn how locals survive in these ecosystems, how they fish, how they harvest products as cassava, fruits, plantain and all related to the cycle of nature. They do not have much of what you see in big cities or towns, no pharmacy, no cars, no bikes etc. the way they live is very interesting and we learned about their culture and their customs.

Minga Peru is an organization that help these communities to improve the way they live and to be more efficient in the way the plant and harvest their products, also they teach them values, and social behavior to make their life to go on in a nice atmosphere of co-existence.

Later in the afternoon we moved to Clavero Lake. The exploration was great, “little lions” monkeys were our first encountering, then many types of birds such as cotingas, tanagers, ducks, herons and more of the incredible wildlife found.

Another attraction at the entrance of the lake is various communities of people which houses are multicolor and you see some of them fishing or just doing some agriculture. In our way back to the vessel, we experienced a marvelous sunset, the color of the sky turned into orange, blue and red, and the clouds had formed some figures to play with our imagination. It is time of Pisco sour, a very refreshing cocktail endemic to Peru. We exclaimed: Cheers!  

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Christian Saa

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Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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