Belluda Caño & El Dorado River

Feb 06, 2020 - Delfin II

We continued our expedition with a full day of exploration in two remote locations of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon of Peru, Belluda Caño in the morning and El Dorado River in the afternoon.

A beautiful, calm and relatively cool morning opened our expedition today. Very early, at around 6:00 a.m. we were already on the skiffs. The early hours of the day are the best to spot wildlife and we were fortunate for we saw a lot! Many bird species, including the beautifully colored macaws and birds of prey, were seen. We were lucky to find monk saki monkeys, as well. After breakfast, we had a talk about the primates of the reserve (one of my favorite subjects!) and an Amazon medicinal plants presentation as well.

In the afternoon, after kayaking, we explored the El Dorado River. We had plenty of time to go far into this beautiful river. The late hours are another prime time to observe the extraordinary biodiversity that inhabits the rainforests. During this expedition we had a lot of amazing sightings, including a view of some spectacled caimans on the way back to the ship as the night was falling in the rainforest.

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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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