We continue our exploration upstream to some of the farthest points along the Ucayali River today. In the morning, we left the ship very early to explore. We found a secluded spot along Zapote River and tied the three skiffs together in order to enjoy breakfast while floating on the mirrorlike waters of the river. In the afternoon, we navigated to the farthest point along the Ucayali River we would reach on our trip. We explored it deeply in order to reach a black water lagoon to offer the “Amazon Plunge.”
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.