Any given visit to the many small and medium-sized streams, known locally as “caños,” is simply fascinating! This morning we spotted many colorful bird species. Woodpeckers, tanagers, cotingas, jacamars, and kingfishers. Birds of prey were everywhere along the caño. Later in the afternoon, we had our second skiff ride of the day along Parahuachiro Caño. At sunset, we came back onboard with our minds and spirits filled with all the new adventures and feelings that the Upper Amazon has brought to our lives today.
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.