“The plan for this day is to drive south out of Villavicencio, into an area along the edge of the mountains where Apistogramma alacrina can be found. We got an early start on the day, but it is raining. Our distant goal is the village of Mesetas, where the road crosses a bridge over the Rio Guejar, a bigger river with some interesting fish. We are a bit concerned that the overnight rain may have blown out the river, but it is quite some ways south, and it is hard to predict whether the rain here affected the river there. The drive passes through more of the beautiful llanos grassland along the eastern edge of the Andes Mountains. We cross a few rivers that are flowing high and muddy…this is not a good sign…
“After about a 2-hour drive with stops, we reach the Rio Guejar, and we find it high and muddy; not good conditions to see fish…On to plan B.
“We retrace our route back towards Villavicencio, stopping at some smaller streams that we scouted along the way, that looked better for seeing some fish. The first stop is at a small stream just outside the town of San Juan de Arama, a name I recognize from Apistogramma alacrina collection reports, and as it turns out, this is an awesome place to see fish…We’ve already seen, from the surface, some Apistogramma with fry, and some other species we haven’t seen yet, so I’m really excited about this spot!”
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