Today was our last full day in the Amazon region and we had the opportunity to visit a well-preserved rainforest area, thanks to the local community. Protecting wildlife and attracting visitors benefits everyone. Inside the reserve we had the opportunity to observe anacondas, boas, tarantulas, frogs, lizards, monkeys and, of course, many different species of insects and edible mushrooms. From our skiffs. we also enjoyed observing lots of river birds and monkeys in a black water tributary of the Marañon River. It was a great day, deep in the rainforest.
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.