Today we began our exploration of the Amazon along the Ucayali River, a major tributary of the Amazon River. The first point along the river is called Clavero Lake, which is an oxbow lake formed by the main river meander over several decades of erosion. In the afternoon, we continued to navigate upstream to our next destination, Supay Creek. Here our guests had their first opportunity to explore the flooded forest on kayaks and paddleboards.
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.