Delfin III | 5 Day Cruise Peru

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

Cruise the Amazon aboard the elegant and luxurious Delfin III and experience the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon. On this Amazon river cruise delve into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest protected flooded forests in the world, with its fascinating array of flora and fauna. Our naturalist guide will inform you of all the incredible life that inhabits this abundant region as you cruise along rivers and tributaries.

The cruise includes walks through the rainforest to observe the incredible animals,  exploration via skiff boats, the chance to swim with the famous Amazon river dolphins or to fish for the infamous piranha. There is also plenty of time to simply sit back and soak up the incredible scenery from your room's panoramic windows or the observation lounges, or to marvel at the night sky. Each day of your cruise holiday you will be served delicious meals created from local ingredients and inspired by Peruvian cuisine and the surrounding rainforest. 

The Delfin III offers 22 suites with the highest levels of comfort for up to 44 passengers. On the first deck, there are 9 Suites complete with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows as well as 2 spacious Corner Suites facing the front of the ship. The second deck is comprised of 10 Upper Suites and the largest of all, the Owner’s Suite. The top deck features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and of course the bar.

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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Enjoy the unique luxury and authenticity offered by the Delfin III. All cabins have panoramic windows. Other features include beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and of course the bar

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.

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!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Iquitos Amazon Cruise embarkation

*This schedule of activities is subject to change due to weather and river conditions
**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.

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.

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

Samiria River:
We will look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three toed kind. The Samiria River can also be home to troops of brown capuchin monkeys mixed up with squirrel monkeys. As the sunsets our aim will be looking for black and white caiman, fishing bats, and Noisy Nights Monkeys where you will
encounter a whole new world of adventure. Our skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such
as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, and river others, capybaras and more. Our naturalists and his expert eye pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding
spot so we won´t be the only one enjoying the plethora of fish below.

Amazon Natural Park:
You will 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.

Day 3
Amazon Cruise

Yanayacu Pucate:
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 or paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to see the famous pink dolphins!

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 unbelieveable how with every step you find something along the way. Almost
definitely Anaconda, Rainbow Boas, Tarantulas, Poison Frogs, and most recently porquepines 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 of the 3 rivers:
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
Amazon Cruise Disembarkation Iquitos

Amazon Cruise
Disembarkation Iquitos
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

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

44 Passengers


  • Included Birdlife: Jabiru, Hoatzin, Tucan, Yellow and Blue Macaws...
  • Included Relax in luxury onboard, perhaps enjoy a massage
  • 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
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5 days

Price from

$3,900 USD

Per person, sharing

Departs Tuesdays & Saturdays