Pacaya River and Magdalena Creek

Mar 08, 2019 - Delfin II


Today we were exploring one of the gems of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, the Pacaya River section. This is a location far away from communities and any extraction activity, so the wildlife is abundant and the landscape is very unique. This area is also known as the mirrored jungle, as the reflections of the forest over the black waters of the Pacaya River makes for spectacular scenery.

Our morning started early with a bit of a twist on the normal skiff rides activities. We headed out before breakfast for a journey that took us all morning. However, half-way through we stopped for breakfast! We brought sandwiches, coffee, fruits, and juices. All were served while on board the skiff enjoying the natural beauty of an unspoiled forest!

We then continued to the Yanayacu Lagoon, where the clearer waters provided us with the opportunity of a nice and safe swimming experience in the Amazon region. We didn’t have to push our guests to jump into the warm and refreshing lagoon, but the hard part came when we had to get out to continue our exploration. It felt so good to swim and float knowing that we were surrounded by pink river dolphins!

The journey back was just as exciting as the earlier trip, as we had to go throughout an entanglement of vegetation accumulated by the force of the river. Our skilled drivers got us through, although it was not easy to find the proper channels which closed rapidly behind us, as if we were never there.

Having completed a successful morning, we continued our ship’s navigation heading down river. We reached a location known as Magdalena Creek, and it was a great visit! This time we had the chance to deploy our kayaks once again for some of our guests to enjoy the wonderful feeling of kayaking in the Upper Amazon. The skiffs were also exploring the intricate ecosystem of many hidden smaller creeks and it was fantastic to continue to add new species of birds to our already long list.

Finally, the last sunrays were telling us to return to our mother ship, which we did reluctantly!

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Lucho Verdesoto

Expedition Leader

Born and raised in the tropical country of Ecuador, Lucho is a passionate naturalist that has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1998. With a marine biology background, he started as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands in 1994. Since then, he has filled numerous roles with Lindblad-National Geographic, such as naturalist, undersea specialist and expedition leader in the Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama, and Baja California.

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