Nov 01, 2018 - Delfin II
Today we enjoyed our first full day in the Ucayali River, the one bordering the southern portion of the Pacaya-Samiria Natural Reserve. We woke up in an area known as Yanallpa and boarded our skiffs pretty early in the morning to explore it. It is a gorgeous region with an abundance of tall trees and, perhaps more importantly, dead
We entered a small black-water tributary known as Belluda Caño to continue our never-ending search for wildlife. Right at its entrance, we found several raptor species: a roadside hawk preening its feathers, a couple of great black hawks looking for fish or a frog to catch and a slate-colored hawk that looked down at us with curiosity. The ubiquitous black-collared hawks couldn't fail to be present and many of them watched us as we slowly passed in front of their perches. A black-tailed trogon too seemed oblivious to our cameras clicking, and a few monk saki monkeys looked at us with early morning, pre-coffee eyes.
We continued sailing upriver in the Ucayali and spent the afternoon exploring the Dorado River. Those that went kayaking had a very enjoyable time admiring nature at their own pace, listening to the many noises and calls of the rainforest. We also explored the area by skiff and decided to stay later than usual in order to spend some time in the river at night. That gave us the unique experience of searching for caiman and other nocturnal creatures using a spotlight; we found several spectacled and black caimans, plus boat billed-herons and great potoos, birds that aren't easy to find during the daytime and totally enjoyed the feeling of being in such a wild place in the dark, making for a great ending to a wonderful day.
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