Amazon Natural Park, Nauta Caño

Feb 05, 2019 - Delfin II


Privately held reserves around the world are often amongst the very best places to view wildlife. Here in this part of Peru the Amazon Natural Park is just such a place. In the rainforest the life is highly diverse, but also highly difficult to find and see. Utilizing local park guides in addition to our own naturalist significantly increases our wildlife viewing opportunities.

This morning’s treasured finds included a brown-throated sloth, a large green anaconda as well as a red-tailed boa constrictor, red-backed poison frogs, and a pink-footed tarantula to add to the list. An additional highlight to this park is the cable suspension bridge system that allows us to safely access the mid-canopy level of the rainforest.

Our afternoon was spent on Nauta Caño, a narrow waterway where the rainforest is so close that you can reach out and touch it from the comfort of the skiff. While some chose to kayak or paddleboard this small creek, others looked for wildlife from the skiffs. Several species of monkeys were sighted, as well as a very large Northern caiman lizard basking in the sunlight. It really does feel like we have stepped back to a primordial time and place!

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Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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