This upscale Amazon River cruise aboard the 28-guest Delfin II takes you through a magical journey of discovery along the Amazon River. Your Amazon journey takes off on arrival in Iquitos, were you will be picked up and taken to your luxury river vessel for a 4- or 5-day expedition. Experience an ideal combination, of a natural wonder, dramatic scenery and indigenous cultural history in a relaxed self-contained way to explore the Amazon while sightseeing nature at its best, where flora and fauna are abundant and time seems to stand still. Quick-to-launch skiffs allow for up-close exploration off ship, and depending on the season you'll see the region through a number of activites and wildlife encounters, including kayaking, fishing and hiking. read more This upscale Amazon River cruise aboard the 28-guest Delfin II takes you through a magical journey of discovery along the Amazon River. Your Amazon journey takes off on arrival in Iquitos, were you will be picked up and taken to your luxury river vessel for a 4- or 5-day expedition. Experience an ideal combination, of a natural wonder, dramatic scenery and indigenous cultural history in a relaxed self-contained way to explore the Amazon while sightseeing nature at its best, where flora and fauna are abundant and time seems to stand still. Quick-to-launch skiffs allow for up-close exploration off ship, and depending on the season you'll see the region through a number of activites and wildlife encounters, including kayaking, fishing and hiking.
Day 1 - WED - Arrive Iquitos & Embark Nauta
Day 2 - THU - Belluda Cano & Dorado River
Day 3 - FRI - Atun Poza Lake & Rio Pacaya
Day 4 - SAT - Caro Curahuayte Lagoon & Yanallpa
Day 5 - SUN - Amazon River, Puerto Miguel Community & Manatee Rescue Center
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Day 1 - WED - Arrive Iquitos & Embark NautaAfter arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be assisted by Delfin II guides and transported by bus for about 1½ hours to Nauta. Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the Delfin II is waiting for you. Upon boarding the Delfin II your experienced crew will help you settle into your stateroom, and introduce you to their extraordinary vessel. Upon embarking, it will soon be clear that you're traveling where few have gone before. You are now part of a select group of seasoned world travelers who visit remote Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, 5 million acres of protected, flooded forest, roughly the size of a small Central American country.
Dinner is served in the cozy dining room located at the back of the ship’s second deck. Because of its cultural diversity, Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s finest, making the country an attractive culinary destination. Aside from providing you with a rainforest adventure, the Delfin II is also a unique culinary experience, offering the best of Amazonian - Peruvian cuisine in a cosmopolitan gourmet setting. Delfin's 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 dinner, your guides will use charts and short videos to conduct a brief orientation outlining the 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, Delfin's multitalented staff will briefly entertain you with a little live music.
Day 2 - THU - Belluda Cano & Dorado RiverDawn and dusk are ideal times for nature observation, and an early rise is therefore recommended. Enjoy an early breakfast with coffee, and then an exploration fit for the season. In the rainy season (Dec-May), embark on a Belluda Stream exploration, boarding skiffs to explore the rainforest from this black water stream. Easily spot parrots, macaws and monkeys, such as the Monk Saki monkey with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle back tamarin monkey, whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds. It’s also a good spot to see the beautiful Morpho butterfly that flaps lazily along open corridors through forest or along river edges of lowland forest on sunny days. Different species of hawks will also be found and if we are lucky we will see the noisy “laughing falcon,” named after its loud falsetto call while sitting solitary in secondary forest and plantations.
In the dry season (Jun-Nov), you'll hike at Belluda Cano, exploring two different kinds of ecosystems: "flooded forest" and "terra firme forest." Disembark at a native village to start the morning hike. This walk affords excellent opportunities to spot transitional species such as the snail kite, black tailed ant bird, manikins, tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, nun birds, orioles, blackbirds, etc. After an hour reach a lovely lagoon where two dugout canoes await in the midst of one of the most remote, least visited areas in the world. This lagoon is filled with endangered and unique freshwater fish, such as the paiche, the largest in the Amazon basin, which can weigh more than 170 lb. The paiche is considered a delicacy and you can often hear them when they rise to the surface. We hope to spot the peculiar crested hoatzin bird with its olive-colored plumage. Hoatzins live in small family groups along forested swamps and oxbow lakes. Then hike back to the skiffs, where icy towels refresh you. Continue exploring the surrounding wildlife. There is a good chance of finding the smallest monkey in the world, the pygmy marmoset, seen only at its sap-sucking sites low on tree trunks.
After a gourmet lunch, explore the El Dorado River within the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve aboard skiffs. Here you'll experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. Enjoy a unique opportunity to swim among the dolphins. Prehistoric-looking iguanas laze in the sun as you travel along the shoreline searching for whatever the jungle has to offer. Squirrel monkeys are very active at this time of the day, when they move in large noisy troops at mid- to- upper-levels of primary and secondary lowland forest.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - FRI - Atun Poza Lake & Rio PacayaFresh-ground coffee grown in the highlands of the Amazon and local fruits await you at an early breakfast. Today explore Atun Poza by skiff (rainy season, Dec-May) or hike (dry season, Jun-Nov). On the skiff exploration, you'll surprise several species of egrets, herons, hawks, long-legged neo-tropical cormorants fishing for their dinner and unusual and loud horned screamers. Explore other black water lagoons linked to this huge lake, wh ere wattled jacanas can be found compete with a wide variety of spiders, grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, beetles, etc. living along the grassy edges and lily pads of freshwater swamps and marshes. You will have an excellent opportunity of seeing social spiders and how their webs embrace huge parts of a tree. On the hike, pass through a classic tropical rainforest with emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 180 feet in height. Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. Today's target is the giant ceiba or kapok tree with its large diameter. If you’re lucky, you will also see giant otters with their large bodies, dark fur with spotted throat and noisy calls. They nest in a small stream inside this forest and we must be very quiet, because if they hear us you will swim away. This forest is also very good for spotting birds such as the bluish-fronted jacamar seen in pairs in middle and lower parts of forest edges, or collared trogons, red capped cardinals, etc.
After lunch, reach your main goal, the Pacaya River, at the very heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Peru's largest protected area, and by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Filled with lakes, palm swamps and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season and is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. Aboard comfortable skiffs, explore magnificent views and wildlife opportunities, experiencing spectacular rainforest wilderness, while searching for different species of monkeys, such as small family groups of red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin, with its bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail. At sunset, you will be will be astonished by the beautiful colors of the sky and the reflection of th e jungle in the black water of the Pacaya River, which is why it has been called the forest of reflections: it’s hard to know where the jungle begins and the water ends. Once it is dark, you will hear the second installment of the jungle symphony. Armed with powerful spot lights, embark on a night safari in search of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, up to a dozen species of croaking from the river’s edge and fish bats flying over the water scooping up fish. Spectacled and black caimans are found in these pristine waters, and your guides will point them out to you. Stargazing at this time is unique while fireflies light up the jungle.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4 - SAT - Caro Curahuayte Lagoon & YanallpaToday's excursion at Caro Curahuayte is dictated by season. During rainy season (Dec-May), board skiffs to a spectacular spot on the lake to catch some fish, mainly piranhas. During the rainy season, the forest is flooded and many trees flower and bear fruit in conjunction with the flooding. Many fish, including piranhas, swim among the flooded tree trunks devouring the fruit or chewing at their skins. Obviously, the piranhas’ reputation as super-carnivores is an exaggeration! There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, including black, white and red bellied. During dry season (Jun-Nov), search for shore birds aboard skiffs. When the river is very low, broad white sandy beaches emerge and river islands form, creating a special ecosystem that harbors sandpipers, terns that hover and dive to catch fish, black skimmers with their peculiar low flight over the water ́s surface, egrets, jabirus, wood storks and kingfishers.
During lunch, navigate back down the Puinahua River toward Iquitos. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the riverside community of Yanallpa. This will be your first interaction with local villagers and to meet their unique way of life. This is time to bring along any presents you have and would like to give out to the people and children (papers, books, pencils, colors, T-shirts). You will learn about their local fruit trees and how they harvest them. Then continue down the Puinahua River toward the Ucayali River, and enjoy a trip briefing and slideshow from your guides. A farewell dinner is served tonight, with the chef treating you to a grilled dinner, including fresh salads, grilled vegetables, magical sauces and wonderful combinations of different types of meat. Deflin's talented staff will delight you with some live music before you retire.
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 - SUN - Amazon River, Puerto Miguel Community & Manatee Rescue CenterAfter breakfast, board skiffs and stop at the village of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers. You will have the chance to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. You may also visit one of the villager’s homes, to see how they live and the simplicity of their lifestyle and purchase some of the handcrafts they make. Back aboard the Delfin II continue down the Amazon River and enjoy a final lunch. Disembark at Nauta, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Iquitos. Before leaving your fellow passengers and crew for the airport, make a quick stop at the Manatee Rescue Center to see these beautiful creatures up close. Even feed the little ones a bottle of milk if you like. There is free admission to the center, but tips are greatly appreciated. At the Iquitos airport, say a final goodbye to the Delfin crew, who will 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 - SUN - Arrive in Iquitos and Embark
Day 2 - MON - Yanallpa & Dorado River
Day 3 - TUE - Pacaya River & Atun Poza Lagoon
Day 4 - WED - Yarapa River, Puerto Miguel Village, Disembark Nauta & Manatee Rescue Center to Iquitos
Itinerary NotesUse the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship 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.
ActivitiesHiking, fishing, kayaking and skiff exploration are available aboard the Delfin II. New Native's 16” river kayaks give an excellent opportunity to paddle silently into small creeks and lagoons. They are designed for fishing, but will also allow you to gently stream down the Pacaya Samiria flat waters if a soft adventure is what you are looking for.
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IncludedAll meals onboard Delfin II, all excursions, transfer to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights from Iquitos, entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
ExclusionsAirfare from to/from Iquitos; excess baggage charges; cost of medical emergencies, including evacuation; bar and boutique purchases; tips to local staff ($120 suggested per guest) and items of a personal nature such as laundry fees and insurance of any kind.
Room ConfigurationSingle occupancy is available at a 50% supplement to the double occupancy rate.
Families & ChildrenMinimum age 7 years. Children ages 11 and under 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:
121 days or more - $200 service charge
120-91 days - deposit non-refundable
90 days or less - full payment applied as cancellation penalty
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