On Saturday June 18th, interpreters Percy and Elias with 12 guests took off on the "River by Night" excursion. After traveling for approximately 30 minutes, while spotting caimans (Caiman crocodilus) on the river banks, a Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) was seen in the distance. The animal, swimming in the dark waters of the Madre de Dios River, appeared to be fleeing a predator. That's when suddenly; at the edge of the river they saw a relatively large animal. As the boat got closer the animal was identified as a Jaguar (Panthera onca). The group attempted to reach a safe distance to appreciate it a little better but it disappeared slowly into the vegetation. The sighting lasted an average of 20 seconds and luckily all the passengers got to see it very clearly. AMAZING!
- Wilson Escalante | Interpreter Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
On this particular morning a Canadian guest and I got up very early to visit the Inkaterra Canopy (a bridge system located 30mts. above ground level). When we got to the first tower we decided to scan the area for birds. Fortunately for us we spotted a small group of Curl-crested aracaris (Pteroglossus beuharnaessi) perched on a tree not far away from where we were standing. These types of toucanets; aracaris, are adapted for life above ground (long beak to search for food in between tree crevices and legs for easy movement on top of tree branches). Due to this they are often seen flying, feeding or resting along the Canopy excursion. Their vivid colors and long beaks are always catching our attention.
- Percy Ccopa -