Supay Creek, Local Village & Yarapa River

Feb 15, 2020 - Delfin II

The week has been incredible, each place we have visited brought us many surprises. The Pacaya–Samiria Reserve is a large area that remains protected for the well-being of all.  The Amazon includes Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. It’s important for all humanity, as 25% of the oxygen we breathe comes from here. And, this place is home for 35% of all the species of plants and animals living on our planet. We have been exploring this incredible emerald world for one week, and our trip is soon coming to an end.  But, today, we came to explore Supay, a creek with much biodiversity. We spotted blue cotingas, tucanets, and our highlight of the morning: a flock of paradise tanagers that came so low, and so close to us, that we were able to spot the seven metallic iridescent colors they have! Paradise tanagers are considered the top 10 most beautiful birds on earth.

Then, in the afternoon, we moved to visit Jose de Paranapura Village. The people welcomed us in a very warm way. Locals of the Amazon region are very nice, curious, and humble. They don’t need a car, or a big house, to be happy. They live with the basics, and enjoy their huge backward: the jungle! They farm, fish, and collect fruits and food from the forest.

After the visit to the town, we explored the Yarapa River to find more wildlife. We spotted spider monkeys and multicolor birds. Today we got a bit of rain for the first time this week, but it was great to experience rain in the rainforest!

At the end of the day we came back on board with big smiles. The entire week has been astonishing, sightings were spectacular. We have seen so many creatures and we have learned so much from our local experts and fearless naturalist guides. The crew has been phenomenal, the service onboard was super, and all the excursions and outings were truly unforgettable!

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Christian Saa

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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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