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Rio Yanayacu y Rio Pucate

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The Peruvian Amazon (Amazonía del Perú) is the area of the Amazon rainforest included within the country of Peru, from east of the Andes to the borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. This region comprises 60% of the country and is marked by a large degree of biodiversity. Peru has the second-largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after the Brazilian Amazon. Most Peruvian territory is covered by dense potataorsa forests on the east side of the Andes, yet only 5% of Peruvians live in this area. More than 60% of Peruvian territory is covered by the Amazon rainforest, more than in any other country. The Peruvian Amazon is traditionally divided into two distinct ecoregions: The lowland jungle (Selva Baja) is also known as Omagua region, Walla, Anti, Amazonian rainforest or Amazon basin. This ecoregion is the largest of Peru, standing between 80 and 1,000 meters above sea level. It has very warm weather with an average temperature of 28 °C, high relative humidity (over 75%) and yearly rainfall of approximately 260 cm (100 in). Its soils are very heterogeneous, but almost all have river origins. Because of high temperatures and high rainfall, they are poor soils with few nutrients. The jungle contains long and powerful rivers such as the Río Amazon, Río Apurimac, Río Mantaro, Río Urubamba, Río Ucayali, Río Huallaga, Río Marañón, Río Putumayo, Río Yavarí, Río Napo, Río Pastaza, Río Madre de Dios, Río Manu, Río Purus, and Río Tigre. The Río Apurimac is the source of the Amazon River. The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve and the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area are within the forest. The highland jungle (Selva Alta) is also called Rupa region, Andean jungle, ceja de selva. This ecoregion extends into the eastern foothills of the Andes, between 1,000 and 3,800 m above the sea level. The eastern slopes of the Andes are home to a great variety of fauna and flora because of the different altitudes and climates within the region. Temperatures are warm in the lowlands and cooler in higher altitudes. There are many endemic fauna because of the isolation caused by the rugged terrain of the area. The Peruvian Amazon jungle is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. As a nation, Peru has the largest number of bird species in the world and the third-largest number of mammals; 44% of bird species and 63% of mammal species inhabit the Peruvian Amazon. Peru also has a very high number of species of butterflies, orchids, and other organisms. For our first morning in the Amazon, we headed to a small creek known as Pahuachiro. The creek happens to be a black water tributary of the much larger river called Río Marañon. As we entered the creek early in the morning, the day was still low in light and the sounds of the birds filled the air, but soon enough, the light illuminating the sky created the perfect setting to observe the early migration of several species of birds, as they were heading to their daily foraging grounds. The afternoon landing site was on a trail known as Casual, which leads to a nearby a village with the same name. Locals keep the trail clear and ready, and as an extra bonus, they themselves kept bringing out local fauna to show us. As the morning progressed, the number of sightings increased, and we were able to find several of the iconic species of animals in the Amazon - anacondas, boa constrictors, sloths, tarantulas and several species of poisonous frogs were proudly shown to us by the locals. As for our afternoon, the spectacular settings of the Río Yanayacu and Río Pucate Rivers gave us all even more wildlife sightings!

Harvey Barrison - Two-toed Sloth in the Fundo Casual
 

Two-toed Sloth in the Fundo Casual's Rainforest by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Fundo Casual
 

Fundo Casual's rainforest and the Two-toed Sloth by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano, one of the many small creeks and tributaries of the large Rio Maranonn
 

Pahuachiro Cano, one of the many small creeks and tributaries of the large Rio Maranonn by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - The Amazon
 

The Amazon's Pink River Dolphin by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria and its Amazon Pink River Dolphin
 

Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria and its Amazon Pink River Dolphin by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria and its Egrets
 

Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria and its Egrets by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Great Egrets along the Cuenca del Yanayacu-Pucate
 

Great Egrets along the Cuenca del Yanayacu-Pucate by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Panorama of the Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria
 

Panorama of the Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano and  the Wattled Jacana
 

Pahuachiro Cano and the Wattled Jacana by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano and  the Black Vulture
 

Pahuachiro Cano and the Black Vulture by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Limpkin along the Pahuachiro Cano
 

Limpkin along the Pahuachiro Cano by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano and the Limpkin
 

Pahuachiro Cano and the Limpkin by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano and  the Black Capped Donacobius
 

Pahuachiro Cano and the Black Capped Donacobius by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Great Egret viewing the skiffs on the Pahuachiro Cano
 

Great Egret viewing the skiffs on the Pahuachiro Cano by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano and the Great Egret with a visiting Heron
 

Pahuachiro Cano and the Great Egret with a visiting Heron by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Great Egret along the Pahuachiro Cano
 

Great Egret along the Pahuachiro Cano by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Pahuachiro Cano and the Great Egret
 

Pahuachiro Cano and the Great Egret by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Sunrise comes to the Pahuachiro Cano
 

Sunrise comes to the Pahuachiro Cano by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Sunset Panorama in the Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria
 

Sunset Panorama in the Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria by Harvey Barrison

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