Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Yarapa River and Casual Forest

    Early in the morning with the first light of the day, we began to explore a very small creek near Yarapa River, where paradise tanagers showed up along the with red scarlet macaws, flying high in the sky. After breakfast, we visited Puerto Miguel community, a lovely tow that has a great market for handcrafts very unique to this area.

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  • Dorado River & Belluda Creek

    Dorado River in the early morning is a world apart from Dorado River in the night! In the morning there is a different collection of life forms. There are birds and monkeys, all of them looking for their first daily fare. For raptors this is a good place, as fisheries are abundant, and for fruit eaters there is enough in this vast forest!

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  • Pacaya River

    Today we reached the farthest point along the Ucayali River. Pacaya River, a tributary of the Ucayali, is a very unique place with wildlife all around us and mirror-like lagoons hidden from the main river.

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  • Ucayali & Dorado Rivers

    We are visiting the region of the Ucayali River that consists of flooded forests and swamps, with a vibrant wildlife all around! This morning we had the best weather for an early outing, and possibly the best sightings of the week. The shore of the Ucayali River is home to a large number of birds, some small and elusive like the barred antshrike, others very obvious like caracaras and egrets. But the grand finale of this outing was the presence of a flock of at least ten blue and yellow macaws!

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  • Clavero Lake and Supay Creek

    Delfin II visited the beautiful Clavero. This is a major lake surrounded by beautiful lush and green vegetation. Pink river dolphins and large bill terns were spotted by our guests, and as we went deeper in the narrow creeks a three-toed sloth revealed itself among the trees.

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  • Amazon Natural Park and San Jorge Community

    We are beginning our expedition in the Peruvian Upper Amazon. On this first day in the vast rainforest, we explored the Amazon Natural Park that happens to be a primary rainforest on the shore of the Marañón River. Here, in this untouched area, we went for an exploration walk among the big trees that form the emergent layer. Trees are more than 80, 90 and even 100 feet tall in this place. Being tall means that they always reach sunlight, and they are certainly the tallest. Up here there is sunshine all year round, unlike the understory or the forest floor where it is dim most of the time. There was so much to learn and see in this place, but certainly the highlights were a troop of squirrel monkeys foraging.

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  • Nauta Creek and Casual Rain Forest

    This is our last day in the Upper Amazon and we are enjoying it in the best possible way! We had left behind the Ucayali River, and today we were navigating in the waters of the Marañón River. This morning before breakfast, we explored a small black-water creek called Pahuachiro a tributary of the Marañón River. Here, there is so much birdlife to see as you explore the forest along the shore.

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  • Yarapa River and Amazonas Community

    Early in the morning with the first light of the day, we began to explore a very small creek near Yarapa River. Paradise tanagers showed up, along with red scarlet macaws flying high in the sky. After breakfast, we visited another creek and encountered wooly monkeys, and a very friendly spider monkey who greeted us as we approached the riverbank.

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  • Dorado River & Belluda Creek

    We continued with our expedition in the Upper Amazon, admiring the beauty of the vast rainforest and the astonishing diversity of lifeforms. The number of species of trees you can find in a patch of forest together with the biodiversity and size of birds and insects is incredible. This morning before breakfast we explored Dorado River and the forest along the riverbank. As we explored, we found parrots flying, foraging and making their unmistakable calls. A lot of the trees are currently bearing fruit, which makes it much more common to find troops of monkeys—but this morning we found the uncommon. It was a troop of squirrel monkeys together with saddleback tamarins, relaxing and eating right in front of us! There were also flocks of cormorants and great egrets flying above us. In the trees close to the river, we had black-collared hawks waiting for the right moment to catch fish for their first meal of the day. Among the grasses and trees of the riverbanks, there were king fishers and caimans! So much life in every direction!

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  • Pacaya Samiria Reserve Creek

    Delfin II went to the farthest point we will reach in our trip, right in the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. We visited early in the morning for a pre-breakfast outing. After exploring the very lush and green forest via watercraft, we decided to go to the riverbank and serve breakfast there, surrounded by the forest with a beautiful golden light.

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