While cruising the Amazon River in refined luxury, guests will explore one of the largest protected expanses of tropical rainforest in the world, and discover one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth.
Embark on an epic 7-day luxury expedition aboard the remarkable Delfin III, a riverboat purposefully designed to immerse her passengers in the natural riches of the rainforest surroundings.
Depending on the arrival time of the recommended inbound flight LA2380 on Day 1, part or all of Day 1 activities may be moved to Day 7 of the itinerary. The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. Low Water season runs Jun - Oct, and High Water Nov - May.
Day 1: Arrive Iquitos - Panoramic City Tour - Embark Nauta - Confluence of 3 Rivers
AM: 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 a panoramic tour of Iquitos city.
After the tour we will travel over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the "end of the road" where you will embark on the Delfin. Along the way, you will see vibrant "terra firma" (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life.
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.
PM: 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.
PM High Water: Marayali - Our first excursion will be done by skiff where we visit our first location populated by sloths, iguanas, and recently a new favorite location for anteaters. Birdwatchers are likely to check off their bucket list, the yellow-rumped caciques and the very elegant egrets.
PM: Happy Hour and 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. Our bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Then, 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.
The third deck features an entertainment center which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is also a completely equipped bar so you can test any combination of regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will be happy to provide for you to enjoy under the spell of the beautiful Amazonian afternoons and night, and the sweet breeze of the rainforest. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always fully at your service.
Confluence of the 3 Rivers - Better known as the “Union de los Rios” 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.
Our vessels all have an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always fully at your service. After dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy stargazing while we cruise in to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest.
Day 2: Fundo Casual - Yana Yacu Pucate
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 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: Later, we 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 paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins.
Day 3: Yanayaquillo - Samiria River
AM: Early in the morning 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 one enjoying our happy meal here.
PM: 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.
Day 4: Jacinto Lake - Nauta Caño Creek
AM: Jacinto Lake - After a delicious breakfast, we will visit Jacinto Cocha, a black water lagoon where we can kayak along the shoreline spotting monkeys in the treetops or enjoy an early day swim.
PM: Nauta Caño Creek - In the afternoon, we take off to Nauta Caño Creek where you will have the chance to do some 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.
Day 5: Piraña Caño Creek - San Francisco - Yucuruchi
AM: Piraña Caño Creek / San Francisco - This lovely creek which leads to a lagoon is an ideal place to spend the morning 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! Next we will visit the community of San Francisco will include a short skiff ride and jungle walk to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. Here we will visit a market featuring amazing arts and crafts from the local women.
PM: Yucuruchi - This afternoon we venture to find the giant Amazonian water lily Victoria regia. This beautiful aquatic plant grows in small lagoons known as cochas. Hike a trail with excellent bird watching, and learn about caciques and oropendolas. At the junction of the El Dorado River, look for dolphins and see abundant birdlife. Sharp eyes may find an iguana lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the upper canopy. A watch is also kept for squirrel monkeys.
Day 6: Clavero Lagoon - Yarapa River
AM: Clavero Lagoon - We recommend getting up early this morning 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 exploration at Clavero Lake on board of our aluminum skiff, you will have the chance to get deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna.
PM: Yarapa River - Next we will venture along the Yarapa River river, where you can explore the tributary in the kayaks and listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle.
Day 7: Disembark Nauta - Manatee Rescue Center
AM: This morning, we’ll disembark the Delfin III and say goodbye to the Amazon River and head to the Manatee Rescue Center, a fantastic project committed to saving orphaned manatees and reintroducing them into the wild.
We learn about their importance to the world’s ecosystem, and why they are so endangered in this part of the Amazon. We can help feed the calves with a bottle of milk and sometimes we have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants.
Later we head back to the airport in good time to catch your flight for home ... or on to your next adventure.
- Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
- Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.