When we think of the Amazon region, we think of something extraordinary and big, but only when you are here can you truly sense and feel the vastness of this natural wonder. Today we had the opportunity to explore by kayak. No sound of engines, but much noise from the Amazon’s animal residents. We also visited the village of Amazonas to have a better appreciation of different cultures on our planet.
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.