Location: Lake Sandoval | Date: October 4th 2013 | Time: 9:45am
As we headed back to the lodge with two Spanish travellers from a canoe ride at Lake, we were entering the exit canal of the lake and I spotted what appeared to be an extremely poisonous snake. A two meter long fer-de-lance (Bothrops atrox) laid well camouflaged on top of some dead leaves. This snake species is really difficult to observe due to its solitary and silent behavior.
When sighted it stayed very quiet and still, seemed waiting for a distracted prey to walk by. Being underneath the sun’s rays I also understood that it was basking in order to warm its blood. After a few minutes of observing the snake (which even allowed us to take some photos) we decided it was time for us to continue our journey, leaving the fer-de-lance alone sunbathing at the lake.
Lizbeth Chávez | Guia Explorador | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Location: Concepcion Creek | Date: October 3rd, 2013 | Time: 6:45pm
On the Twilight River excursion with the help of Alan (another Inkaterra Explorer Guide) we observed a rarely seen species of alligator in the Madre de Dios River: a black caiman (Melanosuchus niger). Although we observed the caiman’s head protruding above the water surface, measuring about 70 centimeters long. Calculating the length of his body according to the size of his head (which usually is 7 times longer) we arrived to the conclusion that the caiman was about 4 to 5 meters long from its mouth all the way to the tip of the tail. It was so large that he was not afraid when our boat stopped a few meters away. The caiman stood still for more than 2 minutes and allowed us to observed this reptile in detail: black head, big eyes, and its mouth filled with sharp teeth. I share with you a photo of the sighting. Enjoy!
Lizbeth Chávez | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Location: Cocha Concepcion | Date: July 21st, 2013 | Time: 3:02
While out on the Cocha excursion (oxbow lake) we saw a river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) on the shore near an Oje tree (Ficus insipida). It walked past our canoe, got into the water and swam towards the other end of the oxbow lake.
It has been almost a year since we saw otters at the cocha. This is because during dry seasons the water channels that connect lakes across the rainforest (otter roads) are dry. Therefore they choose to inhabit and get food from one lake while waiting for the rainy season to arrive. Being currently in the mid of the dry season, otters are returning and, apparently, this one chose our lake to stay for an indefinite period.
Carlos Torres | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Location: Cacao Trail | Date: June 11th, 2013 | Time: 7:30 pm.
While doing the Hidden Forest excursion, along the trail towards the cacao plantations, we heard noises coming from the dry leaves a few meters away. We decided to remain silent for a few minutes. We were amazed when we saw a deer (Mazama americana). We could identify it was an adult female because of its size and the lack of horns. This species has diurnal and nocturnal habits; apparently it was looking for seeds, fruits, bushes, and/or leaves. Since it did not ran away due to our presence, we were able to observe this animal for a while. This deer is now protected in Peru therefore the sighting was extra special.
Carlos Torres | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción
Location: Concepción Trails | Date: June 1st, 2013 | Time: 7:30 pm. |
While we were on the hidden rainforest excursion near the Cacao plantations with a group of 2 guests we heard the bushes shaking a few meters from us. We decided to stay quiet for a couple of minutes to see if whatever was out there would show itself. Oh surprise when what appeared in front of us was a juvenile puma (Puma concolor). This feline is considered one of the most adaptable animals in the continent. The puma seemed to be looking for a good place to rest. Suddenly the puma climbed all the way to the top of a bread fruit tree (Altocarpus altilis) for not to be seen or heard again.
Carlos Torres | Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción
Location: Collpa Cachuela | Date: April 02, 2013 | Time: 4:15
During the Cachuela Claylick excursion, accompanied by two travelers, we enjoyed a very nice weather after several rainy days. Due to this we were able to observe wildlife activity since they were enjoying the sun as much as we were. Among the fauna at the claylick (which is usually filled with different species of parrots) we saw 4 Three-toed sloths; Bradypus variegatus (or locally known as “pelejos”). All the sloths where moving along several Cecropia trees (preferred food by three-toed sloths).
Given the slow movements of sloths all the guests managed to capture the moment with several pictures.
Location: Cocha Concepción | Date: February 2, 2013 | Time: 7:30 pm.
While Gabriel, an Inkaterra Explorer Guide, three guests where out on the Hidden Forest excursion (near the remains of the Fitzcarraldo boat) they heard sounds coming from between the trees just a few meters away. They remained silent for a few minutes to see if whatever that was making those noises would come out. For their surprise a tapir (Tapirus terrestris) ,one of the largest mammals in the area, appeared just a few meters in front of them. The animal was about 1.5mts. long and seemed to looking for food (being the perfect season for the fruit trees they feed on). The guests, as well as Gabriel, were amazed by this sighting since they knew they had been extremely lucky.
Gabriel Barriga | Inkaterra Explorer Guide | Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción
Before we began the Hidden Rainforest excursion I talked about how difficult it is to spot big animals at night since they are extremely silent and solitary. But that night the animals proved me how wrong I was. I gave my guests enough information and we took the "Bread Fruit Tree Trail" towards the Cacao gardens. As soon as we entered the trail we spotted a couple of opossums (Didelphis spp.) feeding themselves. After a good sighting we continued our walk when suddenly some leafs moved; I turned as soon as I heard it and an adult tapir (Tapirus terrestris) was standing a few meters away from us eating. We could not believe our luck! Here a picture of our finding!
Date: May 20th 2012 | Time: 7:30am | Location: Hacienda Concepcion Cocha
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 -
Location: Hacienda Concepción lake | Date: July 5th, 2010 | Time: 1:30 pm
It was Monday afternoon and to relax, I went walking near the Hacienda Concepción oxbow lake. As I came near the small canoe dock (at about 30mts from the shore) I noticed a beautiful praying mantis on a leaf. I took my camera and decided to take some pictures. Suddenly I raised my eyes to change focus and I saw a medium sized bird walking slowly and calmly beside de lakes bank. Was it a duck, was it a rail, was it a never before seen bird. I quickly gave the praying mantis a rest and began to take picture of this bird I've never seen before. After about 20 seconds the bird went flying away into the rainforest. As soon as I got to the hotel I sent the picture to try and identify the animal. I couldn't believe what I heard went it was a sunbittern: Eurypyga helias (very difficult to see but common in the rainforest). It was a great sighting for a great day.
- Alejandro Montoya -