Delfin I – 5 Day Amazon Cruise Peru

From Iquitos, Peru to Iquitos, Peru
  • Amazon Jungle
  • Peru
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

Indulge yourself on your Peru vacation aboard this 5-day luxury cruise carefully created to showcase the best flora and fauna that the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve have to boast. On board, the stylish and comfortable Delfin I the Amazon rainforest will come to you, as the lush, beautiful landscape and incredible creatures can be enjoyed from your private terrace or the boat's observation deck as you sip on tropical cocktails.

Join the luxurious and intimate amazon cruise, onboard the Delfin I and cruise the Peruvian Amazon over 5 days from Iquitos in Northern Peru.  

This classic river cruise features 4 oversized suites, all with private panoramic terraces, 2 of which offer a private whirlpool for the ultimate treat. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow nature to be part of the natural suite décor, and cabin service 3 times a day will ensure you the most personalized experience. On the top deck, guests will find a lounge area, bar and entertainment center which are perfect places to relax in while the jungle unfolds before your eyes. 

But this Amazon river cruise is not only on the river! We offer land excursions for intrepid travellers to further discover the secrets of the Peruvian Amazonia. Join our expert guides on jungle adventures and learn about the incredible biodiversity of the area. Take the plunge and swim in the jungle river with the famous pink dolphins, take a canopy walk among the ancient treetops, paddle board, kayak, fish for piranhas, take a night safari in search of caimans, visit a traditional village, there is so much to see and do. All the while surrounded by the ongoing sights sounds and smells of the colourful and bountiful jungle life.

The Delfin I is perfect for a private charter for a small group of friends and family, please contact us for more details, or check out our other Amazon River Cruises. 

High Water Season: From November to May - at this time more explorations will be done via skiff boats
Low Water Season: From June to October - this time allows for more trail walking in the jungle

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Relax & Adventure all in one - Walk, hike, cruise, fish and kayak, with great food and comfort, as you explore the "mirror forest," the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected flooded forest in the world.

Perfect for small groups of friends and family, accommodating 8-12 passengers only, This classic river cruise features 4 oversized suites, all with private panoramic terraces, 2 of which offer a private whirlpool for the ultimate treat.

Listen to the birdsong, birdwatch, and spot plenty of wildlife including infamous; Anaconda, Rainbow Boas, Tarantulas, Poison Frogs and the famous Pink Dolphins, plus the ever so elusive 2 Toed Sloth!

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Iquitos Amazon Cruise embarkation

**Note, this is the low water season itinerary from June to October, please ask us for the high water season itinerary if required

Arrive to the Amazon city of Iquitos:
Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle. We will start you off with a lunchbox as we begin the journey to Nauta.

Arrive to Nauta port:
Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River
where the vessel awaits you.

Embarkation:
Aboard Delfin, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest.

Orientation:
While the Delfin begins its initial navigation, you will enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area located on our third deck. Your naturalist guide will give you an overview 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.

Marañón River:
We head down into the Marañon River. This lovely spot is an ideal place to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you, The landscape adorned by the usual colors of the sun´s reflections is a great photo opportunity as you witness your first Amazon Rainforest Sunset.

Day 2
Amazon Cruise

Las Palmas:
On your first morning with us, we recommend getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Never does nature seem more bountiful than in the tropics, and early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. The early morning hours are
the best time of day to watch birds, observe their special displays and listen to their songs. We will jump on the skiffs and head to this area with large trees and old palm trees as well, these components favor the presence of several parrot species. This particular spot also has a great number of other birds of different species. We will look for the
famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three toed kind.

Amazon Natural Park:
This very unique opportunity, you will get to the only Canopy Walkway in this area, an experience unequaled in the rainforest! At a height of over 25 meters (85 feet) and extending for 500 meters (one-third of a mile), the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife
and vegetation. The Canopy Walkway is accessible to all and requires no special skills or equipment. The suspended walkway is spread between 14 of the area’s largest rainforest trees and is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world. You will enjoy “Terra Firma” forest.of a local ribereño is eye-opening to how far we have come in this day and
age and a reflection of how simple yet rewarding life is for others. You will also have the oportunity to have a natural walk to learn about medicinal plants. The Peruvian Amazon region is considered the largest pharmaceutical reserve in the world with 965 species of wild plants and 59 cultivated plant species that local people use to cure and to prevent many illnesses. You will see that “Terra Firma” forest of a local ribereño is eye-opening to how far we have come in this day and age and a reflection of how simple yet rewarding
life is for others.

Yanayacu:
You will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on
one of our kayaks. You will even have the opportunity to see the famous pink dolphins!

Pucate:
At nightfall, your naturalist guides will invite you to board one of our skiffs. At night, the biodiversity of the jungle totally changes. You will search for alligators, bats and more nocturnal creatures that are so interesting and unique as daytime.

Day 3
Amazon Cruise

Pucate:
We will continue exploring this area of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, jump into the kayaks. You will get a closer look at the nature that surrounds you, including the magical pink river dolphin.

Fundo Casual:
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! Its almost unbelievable how with every step you find something along the way. Almost
definitely Anaconda, Rainbow Boas, Tarantulas, Poison Frogs, and most recently porcupines have been spotted. This is one of the very few places in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Amazon Rainforest where you will spot the
ever so elusive 2-toed sloth.

Day 4
Amazon Cruise

Yarapa River:
Along the Yarapa River, you will get to explore this tributary intimately. Listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. We travel down river to this wide creek that leads to an attractive hidden lagoon. As we absorb the beauty of the landscape, we will have the chance to reflect on the wildlife. Hawks, terns, herons and monkeys
which are part of our everyday excursions are readily close by; in this area we will notice many more inhabitants of the Amazon, the rivereños. People being an important part of this complex bionetwork only reinforce the fact that we are part of their lives and how our presence here and now could make a difference to the future of this magical land
of the Incas. Look out for specific types of Monkeys like the pygmy marmoset, squirrel monkey, and our first Monk Saki. This medium-sized monkey with the thick fur and bushy tail looks more like he is dressed for the Arctic than the Amazon.

Confluence:
Better known as the “Unión de los Ríos” we will toast and witness the distinguished colors of the 3 rivers. It is known that the Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, to form what countries other than Brazil consider to be the main stem of the Amazon River. Great photo opportunity as you witness your first Amazon Rainforest Sunset

Day 5
Disembarkation Iquitos Depart

Disembarkation:
With heavy hearts, the staff will wish you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, our ground crew will be waiting to take you by our private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 95 kilometers journey by paved road.

Amazon Forever:
On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (Amazon Forever) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. As well, 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. We welcome you to donate to this ambitious organization and education center as you wish. Our land personnel will wait for you at the airport and give your boarding passes and help you check in.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 4 nights on board Delfin I in a Master Suite
  • Included Copy 31 Deluxe Suite Cabin upgrade available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals while on board, lunchbox on arrival day
  • Included Copy 20 Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, pisco cocktails & sours, house wine
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos
  • Included Copy 20 All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Included Copy 20 Tours & Sightseeing with English Speaking Guide
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Included Copy 7 Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
  • Included Copy 31 3 night cruises also available
Transportation
Delfin I | Amazon Cruise Ship

8- 12 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Birdlife: Jabiru, Hoatzin, Tucan, Yellow and Blue Macaws...
  • Included Kayaking in the calm creeks and lakes
  • Included Birdwatching, trail walks, and exploration by skiff boats
  • Included Wildlife: sloth, capybara, pygmy marmoset, squirrel monkey, pink dolphins...
  • Included Fishing for piranhas at sunset
  • Included Explore the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Included Relax in luxury onboard, perhaps enjoy a massage
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Duration

5 days

Price from

$5,700 USD

Per person, sharing

Departs Mondays and Thursdays