Out of the Amazon
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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A visit to two local clay licks demonstrated a frenzy of hundreds of parrot and parakeets scrambling to ingest clay (that helps them to process the toxins from the seeds they eat) while not getting eaten themselves by any number of predators. The scenes were fascinating. Our evening canoe to see more otters and, once dark, the shimmering red eyes of the baby caimen was beyond description.
We were fortunate during our Amazon stay - we saw 7 of the 10 species of monkeys in the area plus many birds, reptiles and insects - thanks to the skill of our guides.
On our way out Friday morning at 6:00am, as our guides paddled our small group out, I was struck by the beauty of one of the most diverse biospheres in the world. As we sat in silence listening to the sounds of the forest, sunbeams made their way through the thick canopy to spotlight the water on which we floated. Will we be able to, as a human collective, maintain and preserve those parts of our earth that are so rich and fragile?