Hatun Poza and Pacaya River

Mar 16, 2018 - Delfin II

Today we are the farthest away into the jungle, The Pacaya - Samiria Reserve is very big, more than two millions of hectares of a beautiful emerald world. The amazon forest that includes six south American countries is almost the size of United States. At 6:00 am we jumped one more time onto the three skiffs to explore Hatun Poza creek; there is a small community where we found very kind people that allow us to explore their homeland. The morning got a precious light for photography; along the flooded lagoon we saw many types of birds, orioles, donacobius, seedeaters, tanagers, and roadside hawks. One of the main attractions in the jungle is to find sloths hanging on the Cecropia trees, we found two of them so close to us, eye level, ¡great experience!

As soon as we feel hungry the great crew of the Delfin II came close to us on a very small skiff, bringing a nutritious breakfast to us. We put all the three skiffs together and opened “The Jungle Café Restaurant”, It was a lot of fun to have our first meal of the day surrounded by giant trees covered by giant bromeliads and epiphytes, and with the singing of multicolored birds.

After breakfast we continued with or exploration of the place, finding a troop of squirrel monkeys and more varieties of birds. Then our intrepid guests disembarked on “the jungle market”, some women of this community have made many handicrafts to sell, and after a warm welcome singing from the kids of the place we purchased some souvenirs and supported their economy.

In the afternoon we moved to the Pacaya River deep into the jungle, we had more surprises, we found and incredible amount of wildlife, along the river hundreds of egrets and lagoon birds were seen, we motored on our skiffs on very narrow creeks and flooded areas covered by water plants, it seems like we were flying on grass. At the end of our destination is a big black-water lake, and there we found on very tall trees a troop of red hauler monkeys; they are big and came out to the top of the canopy, so we could appreciate every physical details of this impressive animal. After this unique encounter we jumped into the infested piranha waters to cool off and swim after standing the high humidity and heat of the jungle. While we swim few pink dolphins marauded to us; while on the water we enjoyed a local beer called cusqueña and some wine. Floating on the very calmed waters we relax with our faces upside, admiring every single detail of nature. To be here is a gift, and it is ours in this moment.

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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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