Casual & Yanacacu River

Dec 02, 2019 - Delfin II


A new expedition in the magnificent Upper Amazon in Peru started yesterday with our guests arriving to the ship from Lima late in the afternoon. After a well-deserved rest, we woke up today ready to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve! Right after breakfast we went for a hike in a location known as Casual. We explored a terra firme rainforest with the company of our naturalists plus three local native scouts from the a nearby community. This outing was an introduction to the fascinating dynamics of the neo-tropical rainforests and its flora and fauna. Along the trail we observed several frog species and a beautiful snake species, a red-tailed boa.

In the afternoon, after lunch, we explored the Yanayacu River which is a black water tributary of the Marañon River. In this river, rich in organic tannins, we observed not only several bird species as well as pink and gray river dolphins, but the beautiful reflections in the water as well.

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Carlos Romero

Expedition Leader

Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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