Casual & Yanacacu River

Dec 17, 2018 - Delfin II

Today we spent our first full day exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the Upper Peruvian Amazon. Shortly after sunrise, we boarded our skiffs to take advantage of the best time of the day for wildlife spotting. At a small creek known locally as Pahuachiro Caño, we immediately found a couple of noisy owl monkeys. Many bird species were also seen and heard. What a wonderful start!

After breakfast, we headed to Casual to hike a trail maintained and protected by a local community. This outing was an introduction to neotropical rainforests. Led by our naturalists and escorted by three members of the community, we spotted some very well camouflaged wildlife including several frog species and a pink-toed tarantula. Thanks to our scouts, we located a green anaconda near a small stream by the side of the trail. Climbing a clump of vegetation, it slowly revealed the beautiful patterns of its nine-feet length, normally kept well-hidden as it hunts.

In the afternoon, after a great lunch and a photography presentation, we explored by skiff the Yanayacu River, a tributary of the Marañón River. The early and late hours of the day are the best times for spotting rainforest creatures. The amount of wildlife found at this location is unparalleled. We spotted kingfishers, herons, hawks, parakeets, parrots, sloths, and several pink dolphins during our exploration. We returned to the ship at sunset with the last rays of light ending a great day of exploration.

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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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