Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Yarapa Creek & Casual Forest Reserve

    The Peruvian Upper Amazon region is big and there’s a lot to still be explored. There are about 240 small villages along the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers; most of these people make a living fishing, farming and hunting.

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  • Pacaya River & Ucayali River

    No matter how often you go out in the rainforest, you always find something different. Today we had our longest outing, both in time and in distance covered, planned so we could get deep into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, by way of going up the Pacaya River. Among thousands of birds that framed our navigation all day long, we found four species of monkeys, two caimans, dolphins and some other critters. A very welcomed and beautifully presented lunch at the ‘Jungle Restaurant’ was a great bonus thanks to the great effort of our hotel crew. The afternoon went by as we sailed down the Ucayali in search of our destination for the last day of adventures in the Upper Amazon.

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  • Ucayali River & Pacaya River

    Today we had a busy day exploring one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River, the Ucayali River. The name comes from the native Cucama language and means ‘black water.’

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  • San Jorge Community & Clavero Lake

    This morning we visited the picturesque community of San Jorge were we had a chance to meet several of the locals, including a lot of kids. Part of the benefit of traveling is to experience, at least for a moment, the way other people live. It helps to put into perspective our own lives and gives us an insight on what daily ordeals they have to face. In the afternoon we edged a storm and explored deep into a caño that tributes to Clavero Lake. It’s not a true lake, but rather it’s part of the Ucayali that is now cut off from the main river by the constant changes produced by the accumulation of sediments.

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  • Yanayacu & Pucate river

    Along the main Marañon River there are many small rivers and creeks, which are easy to explore aboard the skiffs. Today we explored Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, which merge together just before becoming a tributary of the main river. In a few more months, many areas will be flooded, changing the whole system, and the animals and plants will have to adjust to a different world.

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  • Iquitos Caño & Amazon Natural Park, Marañón River

    Our expedition started in great form, with an early outing before breakfast followed by another right afterwards, and many of us took the option to go kayaking. When in the rainforest or the tropics in general, it is always rewarding to go out with the first light, and today was no exception as the many sightings in our lists demonstrate. In the afternoon we hiked across primeval forest to the hanging bridges of the Amazon National Park. From there, we accessed a different perspective of the forest, that of the many organisms that live in the canopy area. Sailing into the sunset, we continued exploring the Marañón River for the remainder of the day.

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  • Clavero Creek & Yarapa River

    This morning we had our first experience after a pouring rain during the night, everything around us was so misty and little by little the sky was clearing up till we had a sunny day again.

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  • Pacaya River & Ucayali River

    Having very successfully explored the Pacaya on our night skiff ride the previous day, we knew we were onto something good today. And this unbelievable place did not disappoint! Sighting after sighting as we made our way into the deepest part of the reserve, passing troops of red-howler and Isabel saki monkeys, black and white caymans, several boas, hundreds of yellow-spotted turtles and at least 85 different species of birds, all before lunch! We had lunch in the middle of the jungle, and on the way back did a stop over to swim on a lake surrounded by several pink dolphins. We spent the afternoon relaxing onboard, enjoying the passing forests of the Ucayali.

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  • Ucayali River & Pacaya Samiria National park.

    Today we had such an adventurous day, and we even changed our plans a bit to have a taste of what is like to be in the jungle at nighttime. On our pre-breakfast activity, we had the chance to see many species of birds and monkeys. They were very active, looking for food along the main and tributary rivers. We also had the opportunity to observe very active pink dolphins. During our skiff ride after dark, we experienced sounds that were different from those during the day, because other animals are active this time and they are looking for prey.

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  • Marañón & Ucayali confluence & Ucayali River

    The women of the little town of Amazonas have long since taken control of the village. With the help of local NGO Minga Perú, those that were once abused, neglected or plainly ignored have overcame their fears and spoken up. So much so that they are now leaders in their communities and share their success with other women in the Amazon. The do not only produce and harvest food for their families, but they also sell the surplus to produce an economic income. And they do all this in a sustainable way, even helping the Amazon rainforest recover! A win-win situation and a remarkable story that we had the privilege to hear from them. In the afternoon, after toasting to the birth of the Amazon at the very confluence where it is formed, we cruised up the Ucayali River, where we are to spend the rest of our expedition until we reach the southern and wilder part of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve.

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