Amazon Natural Park and Renacal, Yanayacu River

Mar 20, 2018 - Delfin II

Today we had the great opportunity to visit a private reserve called Amazon Natural Park.  In this private reserve, wild animals roam freely without the fear to be hunted. The idea of the owners was to establish a fish farm and protect the forest within its property.

We had to cross a manmade lake to get to the entrance of the forest trail. In this pristine forest, a set of eight hanging bridges were built to allow visitors to enjoy the view of the canopy of the forest. It’s a different way to learn about the forest interaction.

In the afternoon, we explored the area of Renacal, on the Yanayacu River. This black water tributary of the Maranon River is part of the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve. We hiked a small portion of a Varcea forest. Here we learned about the amazing trees with interesting root systems, and their strategy to survive the high-water seasons.

It was just a great day exploring the Upper Amazon.

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Cristian Moreno

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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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