Jose de Paranapura Village/Exploring

Feb 01, 2020 - Delfin II


We are getting to the end of an amazing week exploring the Upper Amazon onboard Delfin II.  It has been an astonishing trip in many ways. This morning we are returning close to Nauta. We came to visit Supay Creek. In a local dialect, “supay” means “devil,” which is ironic as this place seems a lot like heaven! We found many species of birds that were elusive earlier in the week, such as tyrants, ant eaters, ospreys, black crown night herons and more! Supay is very flooded now, and has a lot of little creeks where you can explore the jungle. We spent two hours just exploring and having fun. It is so intriguing when you go exploring in the skiffs because you never know what nature is going to offer you. It can be a great surprise – any animal could show up at any time, even creatures that are seen once in a blue moon, or rarely seen by the local guides. That makes the jungle a place of suspense.

We came back on board around 10:40 a.m. and our chef made a demonstration of how to prepare Peruvian ceviche. The ceviche is fish marinated in lemon juice and some spices and local herbs. It comes with sweet potatoes, corn, lettuce, onions, and chili peppers. It is truly a delicious dish that our intrepid guests were excited to learn how to make.

Around 3:40 p.m. we disembarked in the village of Jose de Paranapura. Locals are very warm and showed their hospitality to us as we walked around the tiny town to learn about their life coexisting with the jungle in a flooded area. From time to time, half of their houses are under water when the river increases its level!

After that experience we went to explore Yarapa River. The first surprise was a baby sloth climbing a tree! We spotted many type of birds, black headed cara cara, cotingas, flycatchers, and some types of monkeys. As always, pink dolphins were swimming around our skiffs.

At the end of the exploration we found a dead tree hosting a flock of parakeets. It was a very special moment to see how these birds were interacting. At night we had a farewell cocktail in honor of our guests and all the crew on board. They do a great job of making this adventure unforgettable for all of us. It was a great week, but it is time to say goodbye. Vaya con Dios, amigos!

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Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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