South America Amazon Cruise

Delfin I Amazon River Cruise

The 8-guest Delfin I is one of the most intimate, luxurious and active vessels from which to experience Amazon Peru. Cruise in splendid harmony through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on this 4- or 5-day Amazon cruise aboard the Delfin I, which boasts only 4 suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies—a truly unique Amazon small ship experience.

The rich rainforest ecosystem permeates every aspect of the vessel and operations: irapay leaves (typically seen on residential huts) form the Delfin I’s waterproof roof, lamps made from paiche fish scales adorn common areas, quality woods from the forest form the very boat and suites, and custom-made repellants and lotions made of natural jungle ingredients serve every guest. Itineraries are carefully crafted to showcase the best flora and fauna of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Highlights of the Delfin I Amazon River Cruise include added adventure options like stand-up paddleboarding and a fleet of double kayaks, as well as the chance to visit various ribereños, or local residents. Travel past inhabitants of the Amazon and learn how the ribereños are an important part of this complex bionetwork. Hike the Fundo Casual jungle trail on terra firma (non-flooded forest) with guides pointing out Amazon rainforest animals and vegetation. A visit to the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) in Iquitos to meet baby manatees and other animals perfectly rounds out this Amazon small ship cruise.

Itineraries in the Amazon vary based on high-water and low-water seasons. High-water season is November to May and allows for more extensive exploration and access via water. These months are ideal for travelers who prefer to duck into otherwise isolated corners of the reserve aboard speedy boats. Low-water season is June through October and allows for more trail walks. This time of year is ideal for travelers who prefer to walk through the rainforest and discover its flora and fauna. All listed activities depend on water levels, weather and season. Travelers equipped with a sense of adventure and openness tend to enjoy their Delfin I adventure in the Amazon even more.

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