South America Amazon Cruise

Delfin II Amazon River Cruise

On this 4- or 5-day Delfin II Amazon River Cruise, explore flooded Peruvian Amazon forests, lakes and lagoons in search of fantastically diverse flora and fauna waiting around every bend. Daily excursions in aluminum skiffs or kayaks reveal a world of colorful wildlife and local communities that have been in the area for generations.

The 28-guest Delfin II is unique among Amazon small ships as being one of the first to have a full fleet of kayaks. Silently traversing flooded forests and waterways where pink and grey dolphins and piranhas swim is an Amazon cruise experience like no other. Overhead, during hikes and paddles, troops of monkeys and marmosets, colorful birds and insects fill the upper canopy. Nothing is missed between excursions thanks to Delfin’s panoramic windows in every suite and common area.

The Peruvian Amazon is not only a wildlife mecca, it is also home to communities that have endured centuries of high- and low-water seasons. Local villagers offer amazing arts and crafts and the opportunity to learn about their way of life. Connect with Amazonian people on this intimate and relaxing small ship cruise. Note that the 5-day itinerary travels to the Pacaya River at the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Amazon Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000 millimeters, making this the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. The 4-day itinerary does not have time to reach the Pacaya River itself, but maintains the magic of the Amazon with all the cultural and wildlife stops that can be made in the course of 4 days.

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 may allow 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 II cruise experience in the Amazon jungle even more.

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