Our day started early, as it does with the denizens of the forest, so we could take advantage of the softer light, cooler temperature, and heightened activity of the native fauna. Our rewards were plentiful and colorful, from Isabel’s saki monkeys to a squadron-like flyover of scarlet macaws. We observed lesser appreciated but no less impressive birds, such as sunbitterns, capped herons, and umbrella birds. We sought the light, waited for the right moment, and were richly rewarded with diverse wildlife sightings and unique photographic opportunities.
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.