On the last few days of our expedition, we had an awesome time in the Amazon Basin. We explored the Tambopata Natural Reserve. Although the weather was not great while we were there, we saw some amazing things. We woke up at 7 a.m. to look for the resident family of giant otters. We took a fifteen-minute boat ride up the river and then went on a half-hour hike through the rain forest. When we finally arrived it was raining, but that didn’t take away from the great scenery of the lake.
As we slowly floated across the lake in a catamaran, we saw many species of birds. The first that we spotted were hoatzins. These are birds that are related to cuckoos but are large and have a rooster-like shape. We also saw tropical kingbirds, belted kingfishers, and a black-collared hawk.
Overall, the rain forest was my favorite part of the trip. I loved the rain forest so much because of its abundance of wildlife. There is life around every corner making it somewhat magical. Someday I hope to go back to this enchanted place we call the Amazon Rain Forest.