Supay & Yarapa River

Jul 07, 2018 - Delfin II


Early morning we left Delfin II, our floating home in the Amazon, to explore by skiff another of the tributaries of the main river called Supay. Hardly any clouds in the sky this morning, it promised to be a dry morning in the rainforest. Very soon, as they always do, our naturalists and skiff drivers started to find and show us -- seemingly out of nowhere -- several birds and animals that they found concealed in the dense forest foliage. It never ceases to amaze me... “how did they see it?!” Pigmy marmosets, toucans, macaws, tanagers, flycatchers and more.

Upon returning for a fantastic and well-earned breakfast, Delfin II repositioned to another location along the upper Amazon River.

After lunch and optional siesta, for the later part of the afternoon we explored some more of an area called Yarapa. By combining skiff-rides and walking, we got to see many more of the animals that the naturalists magically found for us. But perhaps the main event today were the iconic giant lily pads. Amazon giant lilies are truly one of the most representative plants of this area. They’re perfectly engineered by nature, their structure and sheer size really make them something unique, something that could only come from a place like the Amazon where we find other giants, such as giant river otters, giant anacondas, etc.

Indeed, a perfect way to end our expedition to one of the fantastic places on our planet.

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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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