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Delfin III

Beautiful and affordable 5 star luxury in the heart of the Peruvian Rainforest.

Overview

For a luxury cruise, complete with plenty of pampering, soft adventure, and the beautiful landscapes of remote rainforest locations, look no further than the Delfin III. The 170-foot ship features 22 generously sized staterooms and welcomes up to 44 passengers. Your Relais Chateaux Delfin III Amazon cruise departs from Nauta on four and five-day routes.

Life Aboard The Delfin III

The Delfin III invites you to experience five-star luxury within the ecological paradise of the Amazon. The sun deck, on the upper deck, is the heart and soul of the ship. It will instantly become your go-to spot for sipping Peruvian coffee while listening to the jungle wake for the day and cooling off in the plunge pool.

When you are ready for some fun out of the sun, scoot over to the air-conditioned lounge. Sip a pisco sour at the bar while staring out the floor-to-ceiling windows, and come back later to participate in a Peruvian cooking class or a cultural performance. A visit to the spa for a massage, soothing avocado wrap, or coffee-cacao scrub is sure to delight.

No luxury holiday is complete without fine dining, and the Delfin III delivers. Feast on dishes created with roasted meats, tropical fruits, and fresh fish. Even with so many things happening aboard the ship, you may be tempted to pass hours away in your stateroom. Every room is impressively-sized and features panoramic windows, but the Owner’s Suites are standouts at 600-square-feet.

Excursions From Your Delfin III Cruise

Despite the highest levels of comfort available onboard, the magic of the Amazon will tempt you off of the boat for a wide range of optional excursions. All Delfin III Amazon cruises depart from Nauta and explore the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on routes that vary depending on water levels. On the Nauta Caño Creek, search for silver-back tamarillo monkeys and sloths.

Disembark at Amazon National Park for a nature walk and naturist-led discussion of the rainforest’s medicinal plants. Visit with a local Shaman to learn about the local healing and spiritual traditions. There may also be opportunities to swim with dolphins, fish for piranhas at sunset, and kayak down calm creeks.

Supporting Local Economies With Beautiful Furnishings

While aboard the Delfin III, you will be surrounded by Peruvian artwork, décor, and furnishings. Handmade Peruvian textiles provide pops of color against the neutral hues of the ship. Ancient tools showcase the history of the region. Local craftwork, including hand-carved furniture and woven palm-leaf ceilings, creates a feeling of oneness with the rainforest. Staterooms and social areas are decorated with original contemporary art from the nation’s top artists and local villages.

This focus on local art, crafts, and history adds authenticity and beauty to the ship while also supporting local economies. And, if you fall in love with a piece of art and want a one-of-a-kind memory of your cruise aboard Delfin III, many of the items are available for purchase through the ship’s boutique.

The natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest are perfectly complemented by the sustainable hardwoods and comfortable luxury of the Delfin III. Appealing to a wide range of travelers, the Delfin III is waiting to welcome you aboard.

Itineraries & Prices

1 / 2
4-Day
5-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - Rio Marañon

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: 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.

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.

PM: 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 an experienced traveler like yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and a 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. You will have a welcome briefing by the Cruise Manager, followed by the safety drill. 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 the program for the next following day.

We head down into the Marañon River to a location known as Pahuachiro. 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.

Nauta Caño Creek is known for squirrel and silver back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins, and even sloths! We will skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colors, shapes, and sizes.

Delfin III Amazon’s 4-Day Itinerary Day One - Exploring the Amazon.
Location
Iquitos - Nauta - Amazon River
Day
1 / 4

Las Palmas & Amazon Natural Park

AM: 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 the water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three-toed kind.

PM: You will have the opportunity to have a nature 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 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.

After dinner, you will enjoy a Shamanism lecture from our guides.

Delfin III Amazon’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Two - Bird Sighting.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 4

Yanayaquillo & Piranha Caño

AM: You will start cruising through the creeks of Yanayaquillo, 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. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot so we won ́t be the only ones enjoying our happy meal here. We will also try piranha fishing.

PM: We head down into the Marañon River to a location known as Piraña Caño. We had the option to explore the creek either by kayak or by skiff, and they were both fantastic choices! This lovely creek which leads to a lagoon is an ideal place to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you, also try to pinpoint some yourself now that you’ve been in the jungle for a few days and have trained your eye a bit! Kayakers will endure the feeling of paddling down the river with only the noises of the forest as your companion. As for the skiff riders, the encounters with wildlife are abundant. The landscape adorned by the usual colors of the sun ́s reflections by whichever mode of transportation is stunning. So sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Amazon forest!

Delfin III Amazon’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Three - Paddle Boarding.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: 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.

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 you your boarding passes and help you check-in.

Our staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check-in at the airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. At the security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will say goodbye. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and Amazon travel experience with us!

Delfin III Amazon’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Four - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Iquitos
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day / 4 Night - Rio Ucayali

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: 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.

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.

PM: 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 an experienced traveler like yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and a 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. You will have a welcome briefing by the Cruise Manager, followed by the safety drill. 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 the program for the next following day.

You will have the opportunity to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys as we sail along the Ucayali River. 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.

Delfin III Amazon’s 5-Day Itinerary Day One - Embarkation and Onboard Presentation.
Location
Iquitos - Nauta - Amazon River
Day
1 / 5

Yanallpa & Dorado River

AM: Here in the Amazon Rainforest, we can have dry mornings with beautiful sunrises. This is all we need to have a successful pre-breakfast exploration of the forest! 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 the shores of the Ucayali River. This area is green with large trees and old palm trees as well, and these components favor the presence of several parrot species. This particular spot also has a great number of other birds of different species. Perhaps spot a large flock of red-bellied macaws, as well different types of raptors, woodpeckers, and swallows. If you are very lucky you will hear loud and distinctive sounds of blue and yellow macaws!

PM: We will look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above the water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three-toed kind. The Dorado River can also be home to troops of brown capuchin monkeys mixed up with squirrel monkeys. As the sun sets, we will aim to look for black and white caiman, fishing bats, and Noisy Nights Monkeys where you will encounter a whole new world of adventure.

Delfin III Amazon’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Two - Peruvian Ceviche Cooking Class.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 5

Pacaya River & Magdalena

AM: The Pacaya River at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000 millimeters, 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 sure to be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. You will also have the chance to explore one of the pristine Amazon lagoons in this wonderful region!

PM: Our skiff will speed along the main river to reach the narrower channels where we will explore the thick rainforest adjacent to the water. During our explorations, we will look for some of the more typical and iconic birds of the New World tropics, such as the lettered aracari toucan, the straight billed woodcreeper, and the white-eared jacamar. Later on, travel near Flor de Castaña, for an opportunity to swim among pink dolphins. If you are thinking Piranhas, as many people have in their minds when they think about the Amazon River! But don’t worry; the aggressiveness of this characteristic fish of the Amazon is extremely overrated.

Delfin III Amazon’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Three - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 5

Yarapa River & Fundo Casual

AM: Along the Yarapa River, you will get to explore this tributary intimately. Listen closely to the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. We travel downriver 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 network 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 thick fur and bushy tail looks more like he is dressed for the Arctic than the Amazon.

PM: The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firma (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! It's 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.

Delfin III Amazon’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Four - Skiff Ride.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: 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.

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 you your boarding passes and help you check-in.

Our staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check-in at the airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. At the security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will say goodbye. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and Amazon travel experience with us!

Delfin III Amazon’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Five - Disembarkation Entertainment.
Location
Amazon River - Iquitos
Day
5 / 5
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bar
Dining Room
Exercise Room
Observation Deck
Lecture Room
Lecture Room
Spa
Sun Deck
Pool
Bar Delfin III
Delfin III Dining Room
Exercise Room Delfin III
Delfin III Observation Deck
Delfin III Lecture Room
Lecture Room Delfin III
Spa Delfin III
Sun Deck Delfin III Pool
Aerial view of the Delfin III pool

Suites & Cabins

Delfin III's Suite. Delfin III’s Suite - Bathroom.

Suite

Guests
2
Size
22 m² / 237 ft²
Beds
King / Twin

Located on the first deck of the ship, the Suites each feature floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views of the passing scenery. Guests will enjoy king-size beds with fine Peruvian cotton, unfathomable views of the Amazon River, with every amenity you could need at your fingertips. 

Delfin III's Upper Suite. Delfin III's Upper Suite - Bathroom.

Upper Suite

Guests
2
Size
22 m² / 237 ft²
Beds
King / Twin

The Upper Suites, located on the second deck of the ship, each feature floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views of the passing scenery. Guests will enjoy king-size beds with fine Peruvian cotton, comfortable sitting areas, and attention to every detail.

Delfin III's Corner Suite. Delfin III's Corner Suite - Bathroom. Delfin III's Corner Suite.

Corner Suite

Guests
2
Size
23 m² / 253 ft²
Beds
King

Located on the main deck in the front of the ship, the two Corner Suites offer breathtaking views of the expansive river through 90 degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows. Added amenities include one complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, stocked minibar, and complimentary laundry.

Delfin III's Owner's Suite. Delfin III's Owner's Suite. Delfin III's Owner's Suite - Bathtub. Delfin III's Owner's Suite - Bathroom.

Owner's Suite

Guests
2
Size
55 m² / 597 ft²
Beds
King

The Owner’s Suite has the most spacious interior of all the cabins. Located on the second deck in the front of the ship, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive river through 180 degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows. Added amenities include one complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, stocked minibar, scented bath upon request, and complimentary laundry services.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Excercise room
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
  • Medical staff

Equipment

  • Satellite phone
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Yoga mats
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details