A good way to explore any tropical jungle is to start early when critters are active and the air is fresh and cool. So, very shortly before sunrise, we could already hear the movement around Delfin II in preparation for our first excursion. With watercraft deployed, we were soon face to face with nesting kingfishers and magnificent egrets catching fish from the shores of Iquitos Caño. Later in the morning, we landed for our first walk that included the crossing of seven hanging bridges from which we could get a perspective of the canopy area of this primeval forest. Just before lunch, we had a presentation from Shamana Carola, showing us the different plans and the preparations she takes, caring for people that need her help. In the afternoon, after a photo lecture, we ventured out for a ride in search of the many dolphins that were swimming at the mouth of the Yanayacu River.
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.