The Delfin I Amazon Cruise is the perfect match to fulfill your Amazon rainforest and river exploring fantasies. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality, this classic river vessel features 4 spacious deluxe suites, all of them with private terraces and two of them with private whirlpool baths. Intimacy and personal attention is the key success to this vessel's ou tstanding service. Aboard the Delfin I, you will venture into a world of exuberance and dramatic sceneries where it will become clear that you are traveling where few have gone before. read more The Delfin I Amazon Cruise is the perfect match to fulfill your Amazon rainforest and river exploring fantasies. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality, this classic river vessel features 4 spacious deluxe suites, all of them with private terraces and two of them with private whirlpool baths. Intimacy and personal attention is the key success to this vessel's outstanding service. Aboard the Delfin I, you will venture into a world of exuberance and dramatic sceneries where it will become clear that you are traveling where few have gone before.
Day 1 - Arrive Iquitos and Embark
Day 2 - Fundo Casual & Yanayacu/Pucate River
Day 3 - Amazon Park & Nauta Caño Creek
Day 4 - Yarapa River and Piraña Caño Creek
Day 5 - San Francisco, Nauta and Iquitos Airport
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Day 1 - Arrive Iquitos and EmbarkPlan to arrive in Iquitos on the afternoon flight from Lima arriving at 5:00pm. After arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be assisted by our guides and transported by bus for about 1½ hours to Nauta. Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the Delfin I is waiting for you. Upon boarding the Delfin I your experienced crew will help you settle into your stateroom, and introduce you to their extraordinary vessel.
Just before dusk, as the Delfin starts its journey into the rainforest, our barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail, the pisco sour, made of Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available. Dinner is served in our cozy dining room located at the back of the ship’s second deck. Aside from providing you with your first rainforest adventure, the Delfin is also a unique culinary experience, offering the best of Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine in a cosmopolitan gourmet setting. Our chef prides himself in serving dishes in different styles and seasoned with a wide variety of herbs and spices, as well as exotic fruits.
After a delicious meal, head to the top observation deck where our guides will use charts and short videos displayed on our flat LCD screen to conduct a brief orientation, outlining details of your journey, including the places you will visit, the wildlife you will see, as well as a summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin.
Finally, under the beauty of an Amazonian night filled with hundreds of stars or perhaps a full moon, and wafted by the gentle breeze of the rainforest, our multi-talented staff will entertain you with a little live music, while you enjoy an after dinner drink and the tropical Amazonian breeze.
Day 2 - Fundo Casual & Yanayacu/Pucate RiverOn your first morning, we recommend getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non -flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!
In the afternoon, you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. Take a stand-up paddleboard out to truly absorb the beauty of the Amazon water. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - Amazon Park & Nauta Caño CreekBegin your morning with an adventurous journey to visit a private natural and fishing reserve. To get there, you will walk through primary forest and paddle slowly through tranquil Tahuampa Lake, a black water lagoon with giant arapaima fishes (known locally as paiche). Early in the morning, a symphony of sounds will surely enchant your ears. Your destination will be a network of suspension bridges hanging high up in the treetops where you can explore the canopy at your leisure.
After lunch, explore Nauta Caño Creek and its various delights via skiff. You will also fish for the famous carnivorous piranhas! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 - Yarapa River and Piraña Caño CreekAlong the Yarapa River river, you will get to explore this tributary intimately. Start your morning with light paddling in kayaks and be fascinated by the sounds from the mysterious jungle.
IN the afternoon, you will visit the lovely Piraña Caño Creek which leads to a lagoon and ideal place to search for birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you, you may also spot wildlife in the jungle with your newly trained eye.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 - San Francisco, Nauta and Iquitos AirportVisit the San Francisco jungle community: On board skiffs, you will visit the community of San Francisco to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be very happy to have visitors. Then stop by an area to see the women of this community and their amazing arts and crafts market.
Back aboard the Delfin I. Please take note you will be disembarking after lunch in Iquitos so take the time to gather and pack your things. With heavy hearts, the staff will wish you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the ground crew will be waiting to take you by your private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 95 kilometers journey by paved road. On your way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA). Here you will have the chance to meet and feed baby manatees and learn about these wonderful creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. You are welcome to donate to extraordinary program. Arrive at Iquitos Airport around 5:30pm for departing flights.Land personnel will wait with you at the airport and help you check in.
MEALS:breakfast and lunch
Alternative ItineraryIn addition to the 5-day itinerary listed above, a 4-day route is also available:
Day 1 - Arrive in Iquitos and Embark
Day 2 - San Isidro Flooded Forest Hike & Yanayacu/Pucate River
Day 3 - Canopy Walk, Primary Forest Hike & Tqwampa Lake/Nauta Cano
Day 4 - Amazon Headwaters, San Francisco Village/Hike & Manatees Rescue Center, Iquitos disembark
Itinerary NotesWe may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be flexible makes our style of cruising unique.
Arrival & DepartureThe Delfin Amazon Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos. Plan flights to arrive before 5pm on Day 1 and depart no earlier than 5pm the last day. Airport transfers are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days and recommended LAN flights. Contat AdventureSmith for more details on these recommended flights. Each passenger is allowed 20 kg (44 lbs) by airline policies, plus carry-on luggage. There is storage in Delfin's VIP Lounge in the Port of Nauta for oversized luggage or items you will not want to carry during your stay on board the ship.
ActivitiesHiking, fishing, kayaking and skiff exploration are available aboard the Delfin I. Standup paddleboards will be onboard the Delfin I for 2015.
Departs Weekly:4 Day Monday-Thursday | 5 Day Thursday-Monday
$3750 - 4 Day Deluxe Suite 2014-15Located on the main deck, these two spacious suites of 360 square feet feature king size beds (or separate twins), 180-degree panoramic windows. A new addition of private terraces of 320 square feet with private cold-water whirlpool baths make the Delfin I the first and only river vessel with this feature.
$3600 - 4 Day Master Suite 2014-15Located on the second deck, two master suites of 340 square feet and a private deck of 320 square feet are a little smaller than the deluxe suites, but quite spacious too. Shares the same comforts as deluxe suites but without whirlpool baths.
$4700 - 5 Day Deluxe Suite 2014-15
$4500 - 5 Day Master Suite 2014-15
IncludedAll meals onboard; all excursions; equipment including rubber boots and rain ponchos; transfer to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights from Iquitos; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; beverages including Pisco sours, house cocktails, beer, house wines with lunch and dinner, natural juices, soda, coffee, tea and water.
ExclusionsAirfare from to/from Iquitos; any additional transportation services; excess baggage charges; cost of medical emergencies, including evacuation; mini bar consumption; premium bar consumptions; tips to local staff ($120 suggested per guest); boutique purchases; and items of a personal nature such as laundry fees and insurance of any kind.
Room ConfigurationDelfin I consists of four suites each with a private terrace. Two Master Suites are on the second deck and the two Deluxe Master Suites on the first deck additionally come with a cool water plunge pool on the terraces.. They can all be arranged with two twin size beds or one king size bed. Single occupancy is available at a 50% supplement to the double occupancy rate. Triple occupancy may be arranged if needed with a sofa bed..
Families & ChildrenMinimum age 7 years. Children between the ages of 7-11 are eligible for a 20% discount.
Payment & CancellationIn order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
151 days or more - $200 service charge
150-91 days - deposit non-refundable
90 days or less - full payment applied as cancellation penalty
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