Pacaya River & El Dorado River

May 04, 2018 - Delfin II


After several days sailing on the Amazon and many of its tributaries, this morning we visited the most remote area of our trip to the Papaya River. We left early morning the Delfin II and speeded down the river to try to reach into the heart of Pacaya for breakfast on the boats, but not just a simple breakfast…. A complete, full breakfast that we carried with us in our boats and with extra staff to serve it to us in our seats.

The morning was truly spectacular. The gentle fresh morning cool air hitting our faces, and the sun beginning to peek behind the tall trees beneath a blue sky full of clouds with orange and yellow hues. And double as magnificent, because it was all reflected on the dark, mirror-like tannin rich water of the river.

In the afternoon we repositioned to visit el Dorado River to get to see the famous Amazon lily pads. One of the most iconic plants of the Amazon River.

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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