Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Supay Creek, Local Village & Yarapa River

    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.

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  • Pacaya River & Magdalena River

    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.

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  • Belluda Caño and El Dorado River

    To really have fun and see many kinds of species here in the jungle, you need to be out early in the morning or late in the afternoon – the best times to enjoy the jungle. Today we were out by 6:00 a.m. to explore Belluda. First, we explored the main riverbank of the Ucayali. This spot is very famous for red-belly macaws and yellow and blue macaws, they live in holes in dead big trees here. Early in the morning, as soon they wake up, they come out of their holes to preen their feathers for few minutes before starting their flight around the forest in search of what they need to survive.

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  • San Jorge Village & Clavero Lake

    Early in the morning we started a brand new day of exploration by visiting San Jorge Village. Here we had a great time watching and experiencing firsthand how people live nowadays in the Amazon region. Our visitors could see how so many little things that we may take for granted can mean so much for other people in a different environment and under different conditions.

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  • Supay Caño & Yarapa Caño

    Our last full day of exploration of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon in Peru was filled with all the required ingredients that have made this expedition a successful one: countless animal sightings, great weather, intercultural experiences with the local inhabitants of the area, wonderful company, and excellent meals with regional flavors. In the morning while exploring Supay Caño we had several great sightings. Wildlife is usually very active in this location, we were very lucky to see many bird species like flycatchers, nighthawks, herons, kites, tanagers, parrots, pygmy marmosets, and more.

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  • Pacaya River and Magdalena River

    Today we started very early to explore the Pacaya River, which is one of the farthest points in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. We have been lucky this week, there was a bit of rain, but most of the time, we have had perfect weather for our explorations. It is Friday and the week has been fantastic. Here, the time seems to go slow and feel relaxing. Quietness and solitude are amazing in this remote area of the world, it’s just the sounds of nature. The sounds of the jungle every day are a gift for our senses.

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  • Belluda Caño & El Dorado River

    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.

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  • Amazonas Community & Clavero Lake

    This morning we started at 7:00 a.m. We had breakfast and then went to visit a local Amazon town. There is a very small community of people here; they live in small houses made of wood, they farm and fish, and are mostly self-sufficient. Our visit to the community is a very important event for them. Many of them come out of their houses to see our guests, and we are invited to learn about the ways they live, cook, what they do every day in this inhospitable area to survive, including coexisting with nature and wild animals. The experience is very enriching for our guests, and at the end we were invited to a local small market to see and purchase multicolored handicrafts that they create. Items were created by hand with fiber from a local tree called “chambira” that they color with many combinations of seeds and fruits from the Amazonia region to get vibrant variations of colors. Thanks to the creativity and ability of the locals, the souvenirs are truly beautiful.

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  • Amazon Natural Park & Nauta Caño

    The second full day of our expedition on the amazingly bio-diverse Peruvian Upper Amazon, we had an early visit to the Amazon Natural Park. In this privately owned reserve, we crossed a small lagoon on catamarans, then walked to a long suspension bridge. We had the privilege to walk in a primary forest and listen to our expert Delfin II naturalists talking about several plant species and about some fascinating aspects of the ecology of the rainforest of the Neotropics.

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  • Casual Forest and Yanayacu River

    This is our first full day exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, in the Upper Amazon of Peru. Three main rivers converge in this vast green macro-planet of incredible wildlife and millions of microorganisms: the Marañon, the Ucayali and the Amazon Rivers. These rivers, and thousands of smaller ones and creeks, form the Amazon, a complex ecosystem that begins at the Andes mountain range of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela. The wildlife here is amazing, and the biodiversity is the highest of earth. Animals migrate from one place to another according how the rivers move, as well as the weather conditions. Plants grow and then die, the river takes patches of trees and vegetation to the Atlantic Ocean, and this also helps dispersion of seeds and creatures.

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