Casual & Yanacacu River

Jan 27, 2020 - Delfin II


Today, our adventure in the Peruvian Upper Amazon begins! We started our expedition with high spirits and great expectations. Early in the morning, at sunrise, we went for a skiff ride in a small stream called Parauachiro Caño. In this location, we observed several bird species.

Right after breakfast we went for a hike in an area known as Casual. We were all geared up with rubber boots, and in the company of our naturalists and three local native scouts from a nearby community, we explored a “terra firme” rainforest trail. This outing was an introduction to fascinating neo-tropical rainforests and its inhabitants. The explanation of our naturalists and the well-trained eyes of the local scouts made a great combination. We observed several frog species and a couple of tarantulas as well. The icing on the cake of this morning´s outing was the spotting of a couple of beautiful snake species, a red-tailed boa and a green anaconda.

In the afternoon, after lunch, we explored the Yanayacu River and small creek known as Yanallaquillo, both black water tributaries of the Marañon River. In this area several bird species and pink river dolphins were spotted.

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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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