Casual Trail and Nauta Creek

May 13, 2019 - Delfin II


Our first day exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve began with a slight rain at dawn. In spite of that gentle rain, right before breakfast we loaded the skiffs and went to explore a small tributary of the Maranon river, Pahuachiro Creek. The diversity of wildlife was enjoyed by our guests.

After breakfast, we had the opportunity to hike in Casual Trail. During the hike, the local guides of Casual spotted the many creatures for us, including a juvenile green anaconda, a red-tailed boa, diverse poison dart frogs, different species of tarantulas and may more!

Our afternoon activity was in Nauta Creek. Here we offered the option of kayaking in addition to our regular skiff exploration. The guests had a wonderful time exploring this striking area. The highlight of the excursion was a family of night owl monkeys that came out of their tree, as if they wanted to spy on the visitors.

What a great way to begin our expedition through the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

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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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