Pacaya River

Dec 15, 2017 - Delfin II

Today was a special day of exploration. We dedicated most of the day to explore the magnificent Pacaya River, which is the heart of the reserve. Its remoteness makes it special, since wildlife is more diverse and abundant than in other places. We had an early start to enjoy the early morning hours. Our skiffs took us a long distance through the river. We started out just before sunrise. Our skiffs dashed through the glassy waters of the Pacaya, and suddenly we were surrounded by thousands of great egrets, snowy egrets, cormorants and cocoi herons! The spectacle kept on going for a very long time. The amount of fish in the Pacaya River is tremendous. In order to feed so many large birds, it is clear that a healthy and pristine habitat is necessary.

Some of our rare wildlife sightings were scarlet macaws. A pair of very close blue and yellow macaws, several troops of red howler monkeys, and several other species.

We stopped in the middle of the day to turn our skiffs into a jungle cafe. The crew from Delfin II followed us to a point where we tied up to a large fig tree. Under the shadow of the tree we had an amazing breakfast with juices, sandwiches, fresh fruit and muffins. As we had breakfast, we could continue to observe wildlife in an uninterrupted way.

One of the highlights was Yanayacu Lake. Here we could see lots of pink river dolphins and gray river dolphins. We had the chance to go for a very refreshing swim. As we were in the water, we could see sporadic splashes of very active dolphins of both species. Some of the sightings were fairly close to us. It was a unique experience to be submerged in the same Amazonian waters as those mythical creatures.

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Alberto Montaudon

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Alberto fell in love with nature as a young child. Born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he spent most of his childhood exploring the Chairlel Lagoon and the Tamesi River. Each morning he would patiently wait in his rowboat for sunrise to witness the great groups of migrating birds that would land on the water. His father taught him from a very early age to understand, love, and respect nature. As a result of his upbringing, Alberto became biologist and decided to follow his passion and became a naturalist. At age 21, Alberto began working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in Baja California. Since then he has been sharing interests that range from bird biology to undersea exploration to wildlife photography with thousands of guests.

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