This 4-day/3-night Delfin II low-water season Amazon River cruise combines the elegance and comfort of a luxury river cruise with the thrill of an Amazon Rainforest excursion. Passengers enjoy the best of the flora and fauna of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria (the largest protected flooded forest in the world) along with soft adventure excursions to further immerse themselves in the magic and awe of the Peruvian Rainforest.
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Plan 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 the 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, the vessel’s 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 the 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. The 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 the guides will use charts and short videos displayed on the 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, the multi-talented staff will entertain you with a little live music, while you enjoy an after dinner drink and the tropical Amazonian breeze.
AM: Fundo Casual: skiff exploration & jungle trail walk
On 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!
PM: Dorado River
This afternoon, the wildlife and exquisite biodiversity you will experience will be outstanding. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad bird species, colorful butterflies, diverse insects, and noisy monkey troops. When the night skies come, you’ll encounter a whole new world of adventure.
AM: Zapote River
The morning is a perfect time for kayaking along the calm and inspiring rainforest waters of Zapote River. 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 groups at mid- to upper- levels of primary and secondary lowland forest. As you float and paddle down the river, see if you can spot some elusive creatures on your own.
PM: Supay Lake
After lunch, explore Supay Lake via skiff and be amazed by the biodiversity that will greet you. You will have the chance to enjoy a myriad of bird species, colorful butterflies, rare insects and noisy monkey troops.
AM: Puerto Miguel Village
After 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 visit a typical schoolhouse where the children will be very happy to have visitors. Then stop by an area to enjoy an amazing arts and crafts market. Back aboard the Delfin II, continue down the Amazon River and enjoy a final lunch.
PM: Disembark Nauta & Manatee Rescue Center to Iquitos
Disembark at Nauta, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Iquitos. 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 this extraordinary program. At the Iquitos airport, say a final goodbye to the Delfin crew, who will help you check in.
“Everything went off without a hitch. Accomodation was just what we wanted. Clean, great location and within our budget. The dive master was great. ”