Pacaya Samiria Reserve

Sep 07, 2018 - Delfin II

It´s hard to describe the grandeur and beauty of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Peruvian Upper Amazon. We had the whole day to explore the heart of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve and it was a really good opportunity to immerse ourselves in one of the most pristine areas of the Amazon region. This is a remarkable experience which consisted of a three hour ride along the Pacaya River. During the journey, it’s possible to observe abundant wildlife every minute, either flying, climbing trees, running on the shore or jumping out of the water. It was a very good day to spot howler monkeys and blue and yellow macaws. This is also the best place to spot dozens of river turtles and black caimans. However, we had an unexpected encounter with giant otters, a magnificent aquatic mammal which are considered endangered and are very shy.

We enjoyed lunch today in a different location than usual: we used a house built by a previous Peruvian President in the heart of the Reserve where he used to welcome his guests. After lunch, the adventure did not end: it was time for swimming in pristine waters with pink dolphins! We also enjoyed a cold drink as we contemplated the astonishing landscape. This was definitely an unforgettable experience. The ride back to the boat was also full of great spots and lovely weather. We came back onboard late in the afternoon with great smiles and inspired after so many wonderful wildlife encounters.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

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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