I: Introducing our guides and crew
From the time we were met at the airport in Iquitos and taken to our coach for the ride to Nauta, we were in the capable and highly organized hands of the naturalist team who were leading our Amazon explorations.
How they could spot a tiny black dot high in a tree as we were speeding down river in our motorized skiff, and instantly identify the type of bird, simply blew my mind.
They had an illustrated Bird Guide with them (A Princeton Field Guide - Birds of Peru by Schulenberg T.S. et al) and would point to the exact type of bird.
The lectures and the primary educational material was the domain of our two naturalist guides. But the other group of employees was the multi -talented crew of La Turmalina. Working under the captain, they crewed the ship and the skiffs, cooked and served the meals, provided housekeeping services… and provided our nightly musical entertainment, singing and playing multiple instruments and introducing us the music of Peru. More about the music later - see M.