It’s time for some Amazonian wildlife today as we visit Damas del Nare Lake, a hidden oxbow lake to the east of San Jose, which has recently begun to offer community ecotourism. We will reach the lake along the Guaviare River (the trip takes roughly two hours each way), which will give you ample opportunity to admire the Amazon landscapes of the region.
At Damas del Nare we will explore the network of creeks and flooded forest rivers surrounding the lake by wooden canoe. This method of travel will allow us to observe some of the many species of wild monkeys and birds which inhabit this lush jungle – keep an eye out for the noisy groups of brown woolly monkeys which often come out to watch our canoe pass by underneath the canopy. After a fresh fish lunch in a local house overlooking the lake, it’s time to visit the pink dolphins! A pod of these bizarre freshwater dolphins live in the lagoon, and our local guide has built up quite a rapport with them over the years. In fact, all he has to do is slap the surface of the water and whistle and the dolphins appear! If you like you can jump into the lake and swim with these magnificent creatures (they may even give your feet tickles, but don’t worry, they are not dangerous, just curious).
In the late afternoon we will depart by river for San Jose del Guaviare.