We awoke to cool temperatures and what, at first, we thought would be a rainy day. But the rain of the night gave way to comfortable and clear conditions as we began our exploration of the Belluda Caño Creek. Almost immediately we were greeted by the sounds of monkeys, spotting both Isabel saki monkeys and saddle-backed tamarins within the first stretch of creek. All sorts of wondrous creatures foraged and perched in the treetops. It is a time of abundance for food and courtship. We even got to see a ringed kingfisher spread his wings as he tried to woo a female.
After another delicious breakfast we went to a local village called Amazonas to learn about the traditional way of life and how it’s changing. While we were there a few dozen of the local children followed us around and posed for photos, we watched a demonstration about pressing sugarcane juice for drinking or fermenting, we learned about how to use traditional plants to make dyes, and we visited the local school house. After lunch we utilized the skiffs to explore two small streams and found even more rare birds including the white-headed marsh tyrant, slender billed and snail kites, a red and white spinetail, and a grey breasted saber-wing. We then went to the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers where they form the Amazon River and had a champagne toast to celebrate the last night on the Amazon. On the way back to the ship we stopped at a small island and had a moment of silence to enjoy the sound of tens of thousands of canary winged parakeets flying across the water to roost.