Oct 23, 2018 - Delfin II
After enjoying an early and nutritious breakfast we boarded our skiffs for a short ride to a great place, Amazon Natural Park, located on the northern side of the Marañón River opposite to the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve. The park is privately owned and dedicated to conservation. For more than twenty-five years its owners have been protecting and regenerating the area, and the results are quite amazing: huge trees and lush vegetation surround the lagoons where they also farm fish. This is where our morning adventure started by paddling across the largest of the lagoons for a hike through the jungle. We learned about the properties and uses by the local people of many interesting plants, like the güairuro, the
Eventually we arrived at a series of elevated bridges and went exploring the heights for a different perspective of the rainforest; we experienced a sloth's or a bird's point of view from the mid-canopy level and actually looked down at some of the shorter trees and plants, while enjoying a mildly cooler temperature than the one at ground level. We also had the rare chance to watch a two-toed sloth on a tree very close to the bridge, the first one that I had seen in my life!
Once back on Delfín II we had a very interesting visit on board; Carola, a local shaman, talked to us about how she became one of the few women shamans in the region and how she uses a great variety of both wild and cultivated plants to treat numerous diseases and problems. She let us taste, smell and touch several of those plants and gave us a blessing in her native Cocama language.
During the afternoon some of us went kayaking on a small tributary of the Marañón River known as Nauta Caño, while the rest went looking for wildlife in the same place by skiff. We all had a great time watching a big number of birds and monkeys, particularly with a large troop of common squirrel monkeys that gave us a great show with their antics, finishing another great day in the Peruvian Amazon.
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