Casual Trail and Nauta Creek

May 20, 2019 - Delfin II

Our first day exploring the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve began with a pre-breakfast exploration along the Pahuachiro Creek. Its shoreline was covered with great egrets and cocoi herons, all looking for their morning prey. Other species of birds were also spotted by our naturalist. The fresh morning was filled with different bird calls, that little by little began to be identified.

Back on board, after enjoying a delicious breakfast prepared by our galley, we geared up to visit a trail in “Tierra Firme”. This area doesn’t get flooded during the high-water season. The diversity of Casual Trail was revealed to our guests with the help of local guides. Different species of reptiles like yellow-tongued forest anoles, forest dragons, rainbow boas, green anacondas and the feared Amazon bushmasters were sighted in their habitat by the guests.

The afternoon exploration took place at Nauta Creek. While some of the guests explored by skiff, other went out in kayaks. The lush varsea forest was teeming with wildlife. Species of primates were playing and moving rapidly from tree to tree. Some birds preyed on the insects that were upended by all this commotion.

A family of night monkeys seemed to be curious about all the noise caused by the other primates, and they poked their heads out of their tree hole. Their baby didn’t mind our presence at all—he was more interested in being fed by his mom, while his dad stood on guard.

It was a marvelous day in the Upper Amazon.

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About the Author

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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