Belluda Creek and Dorado River

May 02, 2019 - Delfin II


Our day began with a pre-breakfast exploring session along the Ucayali River. Several species of birds were getting ready to take off from their evening perch. A myriad of calls from the surrounding wildlife filled the air. It was a fitting way to start another great morning in the Amazon.

The cool Amazon breeze this morning allowed us to enjoy the colors of the birds. We returned for breakfast back on board Delfin II. Our after-breakfast activities were soon waiting for us. Kayaking and boat rides were the options for Belluda creek, a small tributary of the Ucayali River.

The exploration was enjoyed by all, as we were rewarded with sightings of Saddleback tamarins, flocks of blue and yellow macaws, saki monkeys, and many other animal species, which our guests wasted no time capturing on camera.

Back on board, we cruised to our afternoon destination of Dorado River. This tributary of the Ucayali is known for the distinct coloration of its water. The black waters work as a mirror and when the sun begins to set, while its earlier yellow color lends the sensation of navigating through gold.

We ended our day exploring this river close to sunset.  After enjoying more sightings of primates, our naturalist brought out the spotlights. With this we were able to spot different species of caimans that dwell in this river.

It was a perfect way to end another day in this South American paradise.

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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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