A Trip to Peru

A Trip to Peru

Susan Cosier
Published: 07/29/2010

Photograph by Susan Cosier

In the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, still water perfectly reflects its surroundings: a jungle alive with singing birds and calling mammals. In the July-August issue of Audubon magazine, you can find the story of my adventure in the five-million acre forest, where close to 500 bird species and a spectacular blend of wildlife color the landscape.

To see more pictures of the locale not featured in the article, read on.
 

Phoograph by Susan Cosier
Reserve rangers construct sandboxes where they incubate yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle and Amazonian turtle eggs until they hatch. The rangers remove the eggs from river beaches to prevent poaching.
 

Photograph by Susan Cosier
Local Cocama-Cocamilla Indians use the tributaries as their highways, carrying their wares to the city of Iquitos.
 

Photograph by Susan Cosier
Communities live in traditional structures located near shore.
 

Photograph by Susan Cosier
Magalay Rengifo weighs a juvenile caiman, one of many species that is making a comeback in the reserve.
 

Photograph by Susan Cosier
Only accessible by boat, the reserve attracts a few thousand visitors a year. For images of Amazon river dolphins taken by Kevin Schafter, click here.