Papaya River & Magdalena Caño

May 17, 2019 - Delfin II

Last night Delfin II arrived to the farthest destination we visit during this expedition—upstream of the Ucayali River, and far deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Preserve. In order to make the most of this fantastic place, we left our ship early morning to explore at dawn. We carried with us a food and extra staff, so that we could enjoy a full breakfast in the middle of the forest. Early morning here is truly the best time of the day. The temperature is fresh, and the light is just perfect.

At the beginning of our excursion, we were surprised to find the tallest flying birds of South America, the jabiru storks, just arriving from a long trip from the coast to take advantage of the fast receding waters of the low water season, when fish are plentiful.

On our way back from our afternoon outing, we were delighted to spot the bright, almost full moon peeking over the forest. A perfect escort to accompany and illuminate our return back to the ship, after another perfect day exploring the upper Amazon.

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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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