We left Delfin II at sunrise today and explored deep into the reserve along the Pacaya River. We had stunning scenery, unlike any other on this trip, and also abundant wildlife. Many monkeys were enjoyed, and waterbirds congregated by the thousands. We took our breakfast with us, enjoying it along a beautiful lake. A midday swim in a lake with pink river dolphins and ice cold cervezas was very special. A late lunch led to an afternoon transit back downriver, and our first rain of the entire trip! Patchy clouds and rainbows made for a relaxing afternoon after a busy morning.
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.