Pacaya River & Magdalena River

Feb 14, 2020 - Delfin II


Today I woke up in high spirits. I had a feeling that this was going to be an extraordinary day and luckily, I was not wrong! We had a wonderful exploration day today. We went to the skiffs very early in the morning, at 5:30 a.m. and we headed to the Pacaya River with the intention to go as far as we could inside the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This river is the farthest destination we will reach in our expedition this week. From the skiffs, we had great encounters with wildlife. All of us had great views of herons, hoatzins, horned screamers, birds of prey, and more. Several red howler monkey troops were spotted as well.

After all these great sightings and commotion, we had a unique and lovely breakfast in a Wardens’ Station. Our kitchen galley brought breakfast to this remote location and it was a truly memorable meal in a very special place.

Late in the afternoon, after resting, we went for another skiff ride. This time we visited Magdalena River. We were successful once again, we saw several bird species including colorful parrots and macaws. It was a long day, but well wort the effort!

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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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