Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Supay and Yarapa Rivers

    This morning we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise peeking through the partly cloudy rainforest sky. As the sun rose into the clouds, shading the landscape, we loaded the skiffs for our morning cruise up the Supay River in search of sloths, monkeys, exquisite birds, iguanas and inspiring landscapes. The Supay delivered!  After lunch and our mandatory siesta, we reloaded the skiffs for our tour of Yarapa River, the community of Puerto Miguel and stopped by the mammoth lily pads. The diversity of this afternoon is really the perfect finale to a trip of such variety, excitement and wonder!

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  • Pacaya River & El Dorado trail, Ucayali River

    The day started gloomy, with a heavy mist that made everything look gray and felt humid and fresh. But as soon as we got to the mouth of the Pacaya River, the dolphin show started and then the hundreds of birds lighten up the day. After we found the Jungle Café for breakfast, blue skies started appearing and fairly soon we had bright sun for our swim in the Amazon River.  After a healthy lunch and a ‘mandatory siesta’ to recover, some of us set out to explore a new trail near El Dorado while others did a skiff ride.

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  • Varzea Forest

    Today was full of adventure and education. We had the opportunity to wander through the incredible Varzea forest of the Amazon observing its natural beauty, including tall trees and heliconia flowers. We also took skiff tours and located some owl monkeys, the only nocturnal monkey of the new world. Guests were then given the opportunity to learn some of the secrets of the meals we were served with a cooking lesson as well as a comprehensive lesson on “towel origami”. All in all, another great day on the Delfin II.

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  • 9 de Octubre & Clavero Lake; Amazon River

    We set out early for a pre breakfast birding skiff ride in a marshy area were we could find a different association of birds than our previous outings. Star of the trip were the aptly named American pygmy kingfisher showing patiently for all and the pied lapwings feeding in the muddy shores, certainly a very smart looking shorebird! The rest of the morning was spent on our first visit to an Amazonian community were we had the chance to interact with several women that lead projects with the help and empowerment of Minga Perú.  At midday we turned into the Ucayali River, the junction at which the Amazon River officially starts and during the afternoon, we explored Clavero Lake and a narrow and twisted tributary at its end. Magnificent sunset colored clouds put a nice end to another day of exploration.

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  • Amazon Natural Park

    Early risers Delfin II were greeted by a roadside hawk just off the starboard bow. But, really on this ship we’re all early risers. Another 5:30 AM optional wake-up call had us fed and ready to start loading the skiffs by 7:00 AM. Today we visited the Amazon Natural Park and Carola and local Shaman. After lunch, we learned about and ate some local fruits of the Amazon, did some Kayaking and another skiff ride seeking wildlife before dinner. Following dinner, we tested our night eyes seeking nocturnal wildlife, of course, with the assistance of our local guides and some very powerful flashlights!

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  • Pahuachiro Caño, Casual Trail & Pucate-Yanayacu; Marañón River

    Amazonas is a forest packed with avian treasures, plus a phenomenal range of other wildlife. Some are drab, like the aptly named drab-water tyrant that we saw this morning, which may even seem invisible at first. But some other birds are right on your face! Blue-crowned manakin was such a case this morning. We explored gorgeous Pahuachiro tributary in our skiffs and later went on an introductory hike in the forest. In the afternoon, after our siesta time, we boarded skiffs again explore another tributary at the junction of which we had a great time with both species of river dolphins.

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  • Supay River

    Sloths, monkeys and birds, as well as pet coatimundis were a few highlights on this morning’s skiff ride. As we edged into the Supay River, the birds began to capture our attention: tanagers, parakeets, macaws, and several species of hawk.  Our guide, Sandro, told us the collection of structures, was a ‘clinic’ of sorts, operated by local Shaman-medicine people. Here, we observed some beautiful cream-colored woodpeckers in the trees above the clinic. From one of the buildings emerged two women with smiles and waves. Upon departure, we were told one of the men walking about the property was also a Shaman.

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  • Pacaya River & El Dorado Trail, Ucayali River

    We visited the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve today and to make it as far as possible and explore as much as was feasible of this wild area, we started very early. Traveling the Pacaya we encountered thousands of egrets and herons taking off near us as we glided along in our skiffs, an incredible display. At our destination we had the chance to swim with pink dolphins showing nearby. In the afternoon we did an exploratory hike near El Dorado, now on our way down the Ucayali River for the last leg of out trip.

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  • Varzea Forest

    Even on the Summer Solstice here in the Amazon, close to the equator, the sun still rises just about the same time it does every other day of the year. And that is just about the time the optional 5:30 AM wake-up call comes on the Delfin II. As the sun slowly climbed into the sky on Solstice, the fog obscured it from our view. This created quite the ethereal experience as we cruised along in the skiffs listening for and seeking out wildlife.

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  • 9 de Octubre & Clavero Lake; Marañón River

    Out very early gets you the birds. Most of us took advantage of a pre breakfast outing to search for some of these colorful flying jewels. We covered a different type of habitat than we have seen until today, some marshy wetlands near the community we would visit later in the morning. In about an hour and a half, some 50 species of birds were spotted! After breakfast we had the chance to meet some locals in the community and hear about their sustainable projects carried out with the help of Minga Perú and the support we partly provide with our contributions.  In the afternoon, after leaving the Marañón and entering the Ucayali River for the second half of our journey, we explored Clavero Lake with our skiffs and were rewarded with an incredibly acrobatic monkey show and a fantastic sunset in the lake.

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