Amazon Natural Park & Nauta Caño

Nov 06, 2018 - Delfin II

Today, on the second full day of our expedition on the remarkably bio-diverse Amazonia, we had an early visit to the Amazon Natural Park. The latter is a privately owned reserve still in almost pristine conditions with huge trees in a dense primary forest. We were greeted by noisy parakeets that flew over our heads. The adventure started by crossing a small lagoon on catamarans, then walked to meet a long suspension bridge. We had the joy of listening to our expert Delfin II naturalists talking about several plant species and about some fascinating aspects of the ecology of the rainforest of the Neotropics. Our naturalists spotted three different monkey species who are very well camouflaged: dusky titi monkeys, saddle-backed tamarins, and monk saki monkeys. The Amazon rainforest is one of the most incredible places for photography, but it can be very challenging, a lot of patience is required to tell a story with photographs.

In the afternoon we explored Nauta Caño, a minor tributary of the Marañòn River by skiff rides or by kayaking. This beautiful creek is covered with thick vegetation where our naturalists spotted several species of birds like horned screamers and toucans.

It was a long full day filled with new sightings and experiences. We can hardly wait what the mighty Amazon will bring to our lives tomorrow. 

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Carlos Romero

Expedition Leader

Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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