Iricahua & Yarapa Creek

Jan 12, 2019 - Delfin II


This was an outstanding day regarding the sightings of birds and sloths! The diversity of places we have visited throughout our expedition in the Amazon rain forest is fascinating. Most of this region is flat and flooded for most of the year. It is also fascinating the amount of life we have found as we explored the forest and rivers. There are colorful birds, raptors of all sizes, river dolphins, and monkeys everywhere!

In the early morning with a cool breeze and before breakfast we left Delfín II behind and headed into Supay Creek for another adventure. Here we had a little bit of rain, but it was not an impediment for exploring and having fun.

Later on after a deserved breakfast we had a skiff ride exploring Iricahua Creek. This blackwater river is dotted with birds such as: parrots, hawks, tanagers, etc. besides the amount of wildlife the place itself is breathtaking. This reserve comprises a vast flooded forest and also non flooded areas where we found different creatures. A lot of the rivers here are tannin rich therefore the water is dark brown which makes this place similar to a giant mirror for the trees and the clouds.

In the late afternoon we headed out for more exploration on kayaks and skiffs. This time we explored Yarapa Creek which is located close to the meeting point of the Ucayali and the Marañon River. This was a blast! As we encountered wooly monkeys hanging dawn from the branches of the trees and a curious coati. They were the stars of the show! To add a little flavor of bird watching we ended up the day spotting a white throated toucan and a blue and yellow macaw.

Just another day full of surprises in the heart of the jungle!

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Juan Carlos Avila

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

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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