This morning we visited the picturesque community of San Jorge were we had a chance to meet several of the locals, including a lot of kids. Part of the benefit of traveling is to experience, at least for a moment, the way other people live. It helps to put into perspective our own lives and gives us an insight on what daily ordeals they have to face. In the afternoon we edged a storm and explored deep into a caño that tributes to Clavero Lake. It’s not a true lake, but rather it’s part of the Ucayali that is now cut off from the main river by the constant changes produced by the accumulation of sediments.
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.