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Rio Dorado y Rio Pacaya

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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 Río Dorado was the first outing of the day; little by little the inhabitants of this part of the Amazon showed up: parrots, monkeys, caimans and all kinds of colorful birds. Late afternoon outing on skiffs was the chance to enjoy a great sunset and the transition from day to night out at the Río Pacaya. The full moon started to illuminate this amazing jungle and we started to spot some nocturnal animals that inhabit this area including caimans and nocturnal birds such as potoos. Río Pacaya is one of the richest wildlife locations in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, and that is why it was not surprising for us to find new species foraging within the forest.

Harvey Barrison - Local Fisherman on the Rio Dorado
 

Local Fisherman on the Rio Dorado by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Blue and Yellow Macaws in Flight
 

Blue and Yellow Macaws in Flight by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Wattled Jacana
 

Wattled Jacana by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Panorama of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
 

Panorama of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Black Caiman Baby
 

Black Caiman Baby by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Black Caiman
 

Black Caiman by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Spectacled Caiman
 

Spectacled Caiman by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Rufescent Tiger Heron in Bokeh Setting
 

Rufescent Tiger Heron in Bokeh Setting by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Rufescent Tiger Heron on the banks of the Rio Dorado
 

Rufescent Tiger Heron on the banks of the Rio Dorado by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Rio Dorado Panorama
 

Rio Dorado Panorama by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison -  Black vultures and Wood Stork Kweeping Watch on Rio Dorado
 

Black vultures and Wood Stork Kweeping Watch on Rio Dorado by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Black Vultures with Wood Stork
 

Black Vultures with Wood Stork by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Wood Stork with Great Egret
 

Wood Stork with Great Egret by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - King Vulture Study Number One with Black Vulture
 

King Vulture Study Number One with Black Vulture by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - King Vulture Study Number Two
 

King Vulture Study Number Two by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - King Vulture Study Number Three
 

King Vulture Study Number Three by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - King Vulture Study Number Four
 

King Vulture Study Number Four by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Hoatzin or the bird that did not get the message that they are not dinosaurs
 

Hoatzin or the bird that did not get the message that they are not dinosaurs by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Neotropic Cormorant on Rio Pacaya
 

Neotropic Cormorant on Rio Pacaya by Harvey Barrison

Harvey Barrison - Neotropic Cormorant in Sunset Silhouette
 

Neotropic Cormorant in Sunset Silhouette by Harvey Barrison

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