Pacaya Samiria & Magdalena River

Jan 04, 2019 - Delfin II

Today we reached the most remote region of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. It is high water season and most of this land is flooded, allowing us to explore the waterways and flooded forest. At this point, we have left behind the Ucayali River and have entered a network of black water creeks that act as mirrors for the trees. This region should be known as the Jungle of Mirrors.

In the morning, we came across a large flock of herons and egrets noisily gorging on fish. As we stopped along the forested shore, we spotted squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys. Other wildlife highlights included the Amazon’s iconic blue-and-yellow macaws and a small flock of hoatzins. During the afternoon, on the Magdalena River, we spotted iguanas and tanagers amid the exuberant life in the Upper Amazon.

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Juan Carlos Avila

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Juan Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador. He spent part of his elementary schooling in the province of Cotopaxi, a beautiful area in the Ecuadorian Andes ringed by volcanoes. In 1989 his family moved to the Galápagos and settled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in this archipelago. It was here that Juan Carlos finished high school and gained his deep love for nature.

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