No matter how often you go out in the rainforest, you always find something different. Today we had our longest outing, both in time and in distance covered, planned so we could get deep into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, by way of going up the Pacaya River. Among thousands of birds that framed our navigation all day long, we found four species of monkeys, two caimans, dolphins and some other critters. A very welcomed and beautifully presented lunch at the ‘Jungle Restaurant’ was a great bonus thanks to the great effort of our hotel crew. The afternoon went by as we sailed down the Ucayali in search of our destination for the last day of adventures in the Upper Amazon.
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.