Yarapa River and San Francisco

Nov 01, 2019 - Delfin II


We can make intentions, but the defining force in the Amazon basin is water, and this morning a light rain thwarted our early morning attempt at an outing.  After breakfast, the rains lightened. So we gathered, loaded the skiffs and navigated up the Yarapa River.  This is an area known for wooly and spider monkeys, both species of which we found languidly draped in the treetops.  A bonus sighting: a coati napping in the canopy.  It gave a big yawn and continued its morning of ease and rest.  The coati is a member of the raccoon family and looks to be made of leftover parts with its long nose, long striped tail and arboreal, as well as terrestrial, lifestyle. 

In the afternoon we visited the village of San Francisco and learned about living along a river that predictably floods every year.  Community leaders shared with us a number of different skills they practice, such as roof thatching, rice husking, sugar cane sugar extraction and basketry dyeing.  We ended our visit with a hefty support of the impromptu market where locally made crafts were offered for sale.

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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