One sunny morning while visiting Lake Sandoval with a group of travelers, we had just seen a family of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri fuscicollis) through an opening near the Aguaje palm (Mauritia flexuosa) area, when suddenly I saw a huge bird on one of the highest branches of a dry tree. I could believe my eyes after using the binoculars. It was the most impressive eagle we have in Peru, a harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja). It is not only impressive for its size, but also because it is very difficult to spot, and is also considered an endangered species. This eagle in particular was holding a monkey with its left claw (its legs can be as thick as a small child’s arm). It remained perched on the tree for a couple of minutes, and then it took flight and disappeared among the trees. The experience was amazing because we could all appreciate it and in my case, it is the third time I got to see the harpy eagle.
Carlos Torres | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
A clear morning with little sun we, two guests and I, went on the Cocha excursion. While enjoying the canoe ride along the cocha we were talking about the landscape, the bird, the ecosystem, and the varieties of fish, when just before the Fatzcarrald boat wreck we saw 2 giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) swimming.
This specie is only found in South America and it's included on the endangered species list (due to it being hunted for its skin or because they are considered the fishermen main competitors). They seemed to be a young couple who chose our cocha (pond) to build their den. It was coincidentally in this corner (just before the boat) that the otters came out to make alarm sounds which would indicate that their den is probably near. Fortunately we all got to see the otters clearly until the alarm sounds began and we had to leave.
- Carlos Torres | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción -