On the first morning of our expedition, we prepared for the day at sunrise. Our first outing was a pre-breakfast excursion timed to take advantage of peak wildlife activity, which occurs in the morning in equatorial areas. Our second and more extensive outing took place after a very nutritious breakfast filled with conversations about what we had just seen and what was about to come. We explored the shores of Clavero Lake and later entered a caño, a small tributary, where we were surrounded by forest and wildlife. In the afternoon, we headed to another tributary, Supay Caño, for more face-to-face wildlife experiences.
Casual and Amazonas
On our last full day exploring the Upper Amazon, the namesake of this area made its presence felt with lots of rain in the rainforest. Sheets of rain fell last night, obliterating the view of the shore across the river less than a mile away. It’s this rain that feeds the tributary rivers and is such a critical part of the rainforest cycle of life. Fortunately, it let up this morning, and we were able to do our walk in the protected forest area of Casual with an occasional drip from above. Our findings included the Goliath tarantula, a rosy-tailed boa, and a couple of poison dart frogs that looked like they were wearing colorful Freddy Mercury tights. The images tell the story of our forest findings and the community that calls this magnificent place home.