Pacaya River & Magdalena Caño

May 24, 2019 - Delfin II


Today we reached the farthest point of the Papaya Samiria Reserve that we will be exploring. It is indeed a privilege to be able to explore the very remote Pacaya River. This is a vast flooded area, where the slow flowing water has had time to absorb the tannin-rich decaying vegetation over the past few months of high water, and created a highly reflective mirror-like surface. It is a breath-taking scene! The dark calm waters of Pacaya create a beautiful kaleidoscope of patterns.

We had a lot of distance to cover today, so we left early and had breakfast on the way to our skiffs—but not just a sandwich, this was a full breakfast in style, just like every day on the Delfin II. Everything was brought with us on the skiff so we could enjoy our breakfast on the go!

Truly a remarkable day! Gorgeous scenery and lots of wildlife at Pacaya.

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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