Renacal, Yanayacu River and Amazon Natural Park

Mar 13, 2018 - Delfin II

After a delicious breakfast, we loaded the skiffs and navigated along the Yanayacu River. This black water river flows into the Maranon River. We explored very deep inside the reserve.

After lunch, we had the opportunity to visit a Kakama Shaman lady, Carola. She shared with us her knowledge on the different species of medicinal plants and their uses. This cultural visit was enjoyed by all.

Our last visit of the day was to the Amazon Natural Park. This private reserve is on tierra firme and the main attraction, besides the beautiful forest, is a set of 8 hanging bridges that follows along the edge of the property. What a great way to see the canopies of the forest!

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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

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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