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.
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.