This morning we navigated along the Marañon River and visited an area known as Yanayaquillo. This beautiful creek led us to an even more wonderful place, where the whole lagoon was covered with river lettuce, and several kinds of frogs and even Cayman lizards were observed. In the afternoon, we explored a beautiful forest in the non-flooded area along the Marañon River, searching for tiny creatures such as tarantulas and frogs. The experience of being in the forest surrounded by the exuberant green vegetation surpassed anything we could have hoped to see.
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.