Peru: Tambopata Reserve – Sunset Cruising on Tambopata River

Theoretically, all the bigger wildlife comes out to the river banks after a hot day. In practice, it was a rather chilly spell of the beginning of the dry season, and not many animals, even capybaras came. The main attraction – a jaguar – was spotted several times on the previous days but alas – he/she was a no show on two consecutive evenings of cruising the Tambopata. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic experience, as the setting sun lit the jungle with the most vibrant greens, macaws flew across the river, and the full moon rose slowly over the banks of one of the most remote rivers in the Peruvian Amazon. The river is quite shallow here, so close to its source in the Andes, and crushing it was almost white water rafting at times.