Belluda Caño & El Dorado River

Dec 13, 2018 - Delfin II

We continued our exploration of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon of Peru visiting two remote locations, Belluda Caño in the morning and El Dorado River in the afternoon.  A beautifully calm, relatively cool and rainy morning opened our expedition today. Very early, at around 6:00 a.m., we were out.  The early hours of the day are the best to spot wildlife and we were fortunate that, despite the constant rain, we saw a lot! Many bird species including blue macaws, red-bellied macaws, herons and birds of prey were seen. We were lucky to find the noisy owl monkeys, monk saki monkeys, and saddle-backed tamarins, as well.  After breakfast, I had a talk about the primates of the reserve, one of my favorite subjects ever, and an Amazon medicinal plants presentation as well.

In the afternoon, those guests who went kayaking had a very enjoyable time admiring nature at their own pace, listening to the many noises and calls of the rainforest. After kayaking, we explored the El Dorado River, a tributary of the Ucayali River, one of the most important tributaries to the Amazon River. The late hours are also prime time to observe the extraordinary biodiversity that inhabits the rainforests. During this expedition, we had a lot of amazing sightings including a view of some spectacled and black caimans on the way back to the ship as the night was falling in the rainforest, making for a great ending of a wonderful day in this paradise. 

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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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