Iquitos Creek, Pucate-Yanayacu Rivers

Aug 27, 2018 - Delfin II

Our first full day in the Amazon proved to be quite productive. We tried to squeeze in as many activities as possible during this day, and to do that, we had to start early. 100% participation from guests on our first early outing skiff-ride showed their eagerness and enthusiasm.

We chose to start our trip by visiting a well-known but little visited place known as Iquitos Creek. It was a good choice, as within the first half hour we had already seen two of the most difficult birds to see in the Amazon (due their normal nocturnal behavior), a great potoo (nyctibius grandis) and the ferruginous pygmy owl (glaucidium brasilianum).

The rest of the day was a mixture of skiff rides and a great walk in one of the last remnants of primary forest in the region; this included paddling a lake on locally made “canoemarans” which is nothing but two canoes nail-boarded together to create an endemic form of catamarans, and a walk over suspended bridges to enjoy the forest in all its grandeur!       

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Lucho Verdesoto

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Born and raised in the tropical country of Ecuador, Lucho is a passionate naturalist that has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1998. With a marine biology background, he started as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands in 1994. Since then, he has filled numerous roles with Lindblad-National Geographic, such as naturalist, undersea specialist and expedition leader in the Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama, and Baja California.

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José Guerrero

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José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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