I arrived in the Amazon basin three days ago by boat. We took a 6 hour boat ride up the Madre de Dios River. The river is quite large but is low at this time of year because it is the dry season. On the way we saw many species of birds, yellow and blue macaws, horned screamers and wood storks. We were told that one out of three boats has a good chance of seeing a jaguar basking in the sun on the side of the river but we were not so fortunate. We arrived at Los Amigos station just before sunset and were greeted by a few employees before being whisked up the longest flight of stairs I have ever summitted. The station is built on a cliff. It was actually an old mining establishment that has since become a biological station. As we arrived we saw the following view over the basin. It was a magical introduction to the Amazon. I used High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging to keep detail in the plants while maintaining the color of the sky.

More soon.


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