Today Delfin II cruised the waters of the Marañon River. We explored two very unique places; in the morning we went searching for dolphins and managed to enter a very isolated oxbow lake in which water lettuce had covered the surface completely. In the afternoon we went for our special hike in the rainforest.
This morning, we planned to visit Sapuena Caño. We could not make it because the creek was low and several fallen trees blocked the entrance. One of our drivers even used a machete in an attempt to find a way through, but it was not possible. Immediately, we decided to reposition the ship to the nearest location, Clavero Lake. We visited the riverside on Monday morning, but this time we spotted many oropendolas, yellow-rumped caciques, parakeets and birds of prey. After lunch, I conducted a photographic review of the expedition. I showed many of the pictures I have taken and offered tips about photography while explaining the natural history of the creatures pictured. Later in the afternoon, we took our second skiff ride of the day along Yarapa Caño. Skiff rides are the best means of transportation to explore the area. Skiffs are fast, relatively light and can navigate narrow passages, allowing guests to spot wildlife from the comfort of their seats. We enjoyed great sightings, including a woolly monkey, woodpeckers, tanagers, cotingas, jacamars, and birds of prey. At sunset, we reluctantly returned to the ship. All the new adventures and feelings brought to our lives during this day in our expedition filled our minds and spirits.