Today we had such an adventurous day, and we even changed our plans a bit to have a taste of what is like to be in the jungle at nighttime. On our pre-breakfast activity, we had the chance to see many species of birds and monkeys. They were very active, looking for food along the main and tributary rivers. We also had the opportunity to observe very active pink dolphins. During our skiff ride after dark, we experienced sounds that were different from those during the day, because other animals are active this time and they are looking for prey.
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.