We started the day more leisurely, with our first skiff exploration of the narrow black water Iricahua Creek beginning after breakfast. Sharp-eyed “motoristas”–Dennis, Armando, and Edison–drove three skiffs, each accompanied by a naturalist–Jorge, Javier, or Ricardo. Guests enjoyed different sightings and highlights. We saw sloths, saki monkeys, a nest of flycatchers, scarlet macaws, and several “mama vieja” hawks. The local name of these hawks translates to “old mama,” and the official name is the black-collared hawk. Finally, we saw LOTS OF RAIN…again…. After all, this is the rainforest!

We climbed out of the skiffs, dripping wet, and boarded Delfin ll. Our Captain headed further downriver as the rain continued to pour from the gray skies. Once we were dry, we joined Jorge on the upper deck for an elaborate tasting session of tropical fruits. The rain finally stopped. We enjoyed a full afternoon, just as we planned, of kayaking, skiff exploration, and Amazon black water swimming.