EL DELFIN CRUISE

This 4 day Peru vacation takes place on the longest river in the world, the Amazon, onboard the Delfin I cruise, a luxury riverboat. It will take you into one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Experienced guides will show you the immense biodiversity of the area. On board, guests can enjoy exquisite Amazonian cuisine in an authentic, intimate setting with the right amount of elegance and comfort.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Amazon Luxury Cruise
  • Nature
  • Wildlife watching

LOCATION
  • Amazon
  • Iquitos
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Peru

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy

DURATION
  • 4 days / 3 nights

WHEN TO GO
  • June to October (Low Water Season)
  • November to May (High Water Season)

PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE

  • Discover the biggest National Reserve of Peru with 2 million hectares, also considered the largest protected flooded forest of the world and one of the richest places in biological wealth on the planet.
  • Surround yourself by an incredible variety of exotic plants and animals that you will not only see but actually have the chance to interact with.
  • Take a photo shoot to the species in danger of extinction like the giant otter, the black lizard, the manatee and the pink dolphin of the Amazon.

DAY 01- ARRIVAL TO THE CITY OF IQUITOS - BOARDING THE DELFIN

Dinner.

Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport to transfer you all together by our comfortable private vehicle over paved road to the city of Nauta, a 1.5 hour ride, where you will embark the Delfin vessel and begin this Peru luxury tour. Once onboard, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities and our bartender will be waiting you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and Pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Perú.

While you sit on the upper deck’s terrace, you will marvel at the most amazing panoramic views of the surrounding jungle. Your naturalist guides will provide you with the details of your journey’s schedule: activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

You can enjoy and take advantage of the completely equipped bar, the library, games for your entertainment such as chess, checkers, and other popular contemporary pastimes. Our vessel also has an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time. After dinner we invite you to the second deck were you can enjoy stargazing while we cruise in to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest.

DAY 02 - TREKKING IN THE FLOODABLE FOREST - YANAYACU- PUCATE RIVER BASIN

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today starts off early for a good reason: morning is when the jungle wildlife is more active, so you will get to see more animals in action. The first outing is an interesting walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail that 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!

Later on, you will visit the Yanayacu-Pucate River, one of the most important zones in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, and with some luck you will see pink dolphins. A real treat awaits you at the confluence of the Yanayacu and Pucate rivers: a refreshing swim in the famous black waters, something you can only experience on an Amazon cruise in Peru.

DAY 03- HANGING BRIDGES - PADDLING AND HIKING THROUGH THE PRIMARY FOREST

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Begin your morning with an adventurous journey to visit to a private reserve complete with 8 hanging bridges high up in the rainforest canopy. 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) and with luck, you might hear them jumping up to breathe the crisp dawn air. The suspension bridges will give you a peek into the life and riches up in the treetops for many of the Amazon’s animals. A symphony of sounds will surely enchant your ears.

After a delicious lunch, visit Jacinto Cocha, a black water lagoon, or Nauta Caño Creek where you will have the chance to do some kayaking. Also, go fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won’t forget! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds. Amazon never stops being an adventure, even at night.

DAY 04- VISIT TO THE COMMUNITY OF SAN FRANCISCO - MANATEE FEEDING - RETURN TO IQUITOS

Breakfast, lunch

We will visit the community of San Francisco where we will have the opportunity to see and to share in the cultural wealth and talent of local craftsmen. You will be surprised by the quality of the pieces made from exotic wood, seeds, and palm fibers, etc. Enjoy the openness and hospitality of the local people, while learning about their unique folklore.

After this, it is time to begin the trip back to the city of Iquitos and the end of your Amazon adventure, first stop being Nauta. You will arrive at the port and then board the bus, where our ground staff awaits you, for the 95 kilometer road trip to Iquitos. There will be a short stop along the way at the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA), where endangered manatees are raised and you have the chance to feed one of these baby wonders of nature. Current efforts to rescue and protect these mammals are quite intense in this region. Final stop is the airport; you will board the plane for your direct flight back to Lima.

All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.  All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.
We recommend taking vitamin B or B12 prior to your arrival in the jungle as it is the best natural repellent against pesky mosquitoes.

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

Ask our experts about an extension to the impressive Colca Canyon; to Titicaca, the higuest navigable lake in the world; the magestic city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the enigmatic Amazon or the mysterious Nazca lines.

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