Belluda Caño & El Dorado River

Dec 12, 2019 - Delfin II

A full day of our exploration of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Upper Amazon of Peru took us to two remote locations, “Belluda Caño” in the morning and “El Dorado River” in the afternoon.

A beautiful calm and relatively cool morning opened our expedition today. We departed the ship very early, at around 6:00 AM. The early hours of the day are the best to spot wildlife, and we were fortunate for we saw a lot! Many bird species including red-bellied macaws, herons and birds of prey were seen. We were lucky to find saddleback tamarins and monk saki monkeys as well. After breakfast, we had a talk about the primates of the reserve, one of my favorite subjects, and we had a presentation about Amazon medicinal plants.

In the afternoon, after kayaking, we explored the El Dorado River. We explored the area using the ship’s skiffs, a great way to search for wildlife since our skillful drivers can access very narrow passages, inner lagoons and creeks we wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

We had plenty of time to explore far into this beautiful river. The late hours are prime time as well to observe the extraordinary biodiversity that inhabits the rainforests. During this expedition, we had a lot of amazing sightings including that of juvenile spectacled and black caimans on the way back to the ship as the night was falling in the rainforest.

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Carlos Romero

Expedition Leader

Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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