The black Cayman, is considered the king of the Amazonian rivers and lakes, If you would like to spot an individual it is necessary to navigate at night, as they are nocturnal animals.
The Cayman is listed as a vulnerable species in Peru. Their main threat are humans, although natural enemies are just as powerful as the anaconda and jaguar.
Unfortunately it's haunted because of its skin located in its stomach being trafficked for making belts, wallets, shoes, among other luxury items.
Nowadays it is protected in different natural areas, being the Manu National Park and Tambopata National Reserve, areas that concentrate large populations of black caiman.
In the middle of the darkness we go on a canoe flatwater rivers or deep lakes and floodplains. These are the perfect places to find Caymans hunting for food.
As we sail quietly we find ourselves surrounded by the countless jungle noises, but we must remain very focused in order to find those red points in the surface of the water, which are the eyes of the Cayman observing us. Slowly we approach to have a better view of this great animal that can measure 4,5 meters and weigh 200 kilos.
The sighting of Caymans in the night is included in the majority of our tours in the Amazon and to appreciate so close, one of the main predators of the forest, will make this adventure an unforgetable experience .
2. Tours in Manu
* Manu Wildlife Center
* Manu Camp Wildlife Center
If you would like to be part of one of our programs to Peruvian Amazon and travel with us to find these beautiful animals please feel free to