Pacaya River & El Dorado River

Jan 31, 2020 - Delfin II


Today our expedition brought us to one of my favorite locations in the Reserve, the Pacaya River. Very early in the morning, at around 5:30 a.m., we went as deep and as far into the Pacaya River as we could. This river is the farthest destination we will visit on our expedition this week as well. The remoteness, and expecting the unexpected, make this day a very special one.

Our three skiffs formed a caravan to explore the Pacaya River. After a couple of hours, we arrived at a large black water ox bow lake called Yarina Lake. We all had amazing sightings of red howler monkey troops, beautiful macaws and hoatzin birds.

At around 8:30 a.m. we had breakfast in a very peculiar location in the middle of nowhere, a Rangers’ Station located in a house that was used in the past as a summer residence of Peruvian Presidents. After that, we returned to the ship.  It was certainly a long morning, but filled with memorable adventures!

In the afternoon we kayaked, getting back on board in time to miss some torrential rain. Then, we went out late in the afternoon looking for nocturnal wildlife. We were successful and spotted several juvenile Cayman alligators.

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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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