Peru Amazon adventure tours don’t get any better than this exquisite week-long journey of exotic discovery, from the bright lights and colonial charms of Lima to the wild and anthropological riches of the Amazon Rainforest. Filled with history, fun, relaxation, and luxurious adventure, you’ll explore one of the most sought after South American cities and sail down the Amazon river in style aboard one of the region’s most impressive riverboats.
Historical and Exotic Excursions
Your adventure begins in Lima, the lively launchpad for all Peru tours. From immersing yourself in the mix of ancient Incan civilization and Spanish influence to feasting on culinary delights like ceviche, the often overlooked capital has so much to offer. Enjoy a visit to the famous Larco Museum and sunsets over the Pacific before setting out for the Amazon.
Embark on an exotic voyage through this remarkable rainforest realm down the Marañon River, and witness the celebration of colors and calls of its inhabitants, including monkeys, birds, dolphins, and sloths. Escorted by expert bilingual naturalist guides, you’ll venture out on smaller skiffs to stealthily navigate the narrow channels and tributaries of the Amazon in search of the main attraction – the wildlife. If you desire to jump in and join the fish – no problem. You will have access to kayaks and paddleboards for a truly immersive experience. You never know, you may even see the rare ‘smiling’ pink dolphins up close.
The ship will carefully maneuver through the pristine protected areas of the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, where you can peek at pink dolphins and listen to endemic birds perform a capella concerts. Don’t be surprised if you lose track of the varieties of monkeys you will encounter, such as the Monk Saki, squirrel monkey, and pygmy marmoset. A truly rewarding experience is the chance to engage with the indigenous tribes of the Amazon, visiting local villagers in Yachay and Puerto Miguel who rarely see outside visitors to get a glimpse at their remarkable way of life.
Rest Your Head In Style
For those opting for five-star accommodations, Lima’s Belmond Miraflores Park hotel’s prime location overlooking a peaceful park and Pacific Ocean is quite probably the best place from which to explore the highlights of the city. In the Amazon, an equally luxurious floating boutique hotel awaits in the form of the delightful Delfin III riverboat. With just 22 cabins but plenty of stunning social areas, such as sundeck, spa, pool, dining room, bar and lounge, there is plenty on board to keep you pampered and entertained when not out on excursions.
After enjoying a multichromatic sunset in the Amazon rainforest on the panoramic view deck, freshen up in your room’s Spanish-style hot water shower. Fall into pure cotton sheets on orthopedic beds as you rest before your next adventure. Whether you are in a cozy hotel room or on a ship, you will never be at a loss for comfort and luxury.
Unique Canopy Experience
For a unique perspective of the rich rainforest canopy, a trip to the Amazon Natural Park to one of the longest canopy walkways in the world allows you to scale a suspended walkway stretching for half a kilometer through the treetops for unrivaled wildlife spotting opportunities.
Please note this classic ‘Peru Amazon Adventure’ tour is just a sample itinerary. The featured excursions, activities, and accommodations can be tailored to suit your taste, budget, and time availability in accordance with your personal wishes. All excursions and transfers are on a private basis (private transport with a private guide), with the exception of the cruise portion, which is on a shared basis with other passengers.
Itinerary & Prices
Welcome to Lima
Lima is a bustling, busy city and one of the most important in South America. Any trip to Peru will likely begin and end in the capital and visitors take advantage of the fact that Lima is widely regarded to be the culinary capital of the continent and home to many of the best restaurants in South America. Home of the ceviche and the Pisco Sour it is a city where the past and present mix beautifully, from the colonial center to modern Miraflores, through to the ancient Incan and pre-Incan culture which can be seen in Lima’s various museums.
A city of almost 11 million people, it is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. This unique location means it enjoys a microclimate of zero rainfall and is spread along the coast atop cliffs that offer beautiful sunset views and peaceful ‘malecóns’, even a short trip is guaranteed to be richly rewarding and a perfect introduction to Peru and its culture.
Lima Through The Ages
Today is dedicated to the fascinating history of Lima from ancient pre-Incan times through to the colonial era and the Spanish influence on Peruvian culture, architecture, and development. Beginning from your hotel, at either 9 am or 2 pm, we take you through the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro to visit a “Huaca”, an astonishingly preserved seven-tiered adobe and clay pyramid that predates the birth of Jesus. Located smack-bang in the upper-class, and supremely modern, area of San Isidro, this ancient monument which once acted as an important ceremonial and administrative hub for the city contrasts amazingly with modern-day Lima.
From there, enjoy an air-conditioned voyage to the historic center of Lima where we visit old colonial buildings, and the Santo Domingo convent and enjoy a guided tour of the Plaza de Armas, the de facto center of Lima. Rounding up our day is a visit to Lima’s finest museum, a vast collection of impeccably preserved jewelry, artifacts, and pottery from the history of Peru, the Larco Museum is a regular in Trip Advisor’s top spot for all museums in South America and the top 20 in the world. (5 Hours)
Departing Lima & Embarkation
AM: After breakfast, at the scheduled time, you will be picked up from your hotel and privately transferred to Lima airport, ready to board your departure flight to Iquitos!
PM: 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.
At 15:00 we will board the beautiful vessel. 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. 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.
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.
Meals: (B, L, D)
Las Palmas, Yanayacu Pucate, Amazon Natural Park & Yachay
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, Las Palmas. 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.
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 paddleboards. You will even have the opportunity to see the famous pink dolphins!
PM: This very unique opportunity, you will get to the only Canopy Walkway in the Amazon Natural Park, 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.
The village of Yachay is a flyspeck that receives few outside visitors, and even fewer come to seek out the Shaman, Carola. Carola is known far and wide in the rainforest, leading a normal village life with her wood carver husband, while at the same time acting as spiritual caretaker and healer to hundreds of jungle dwellers spread over many roadless miles. Her prestige and position are beyond reproach. The role of the shaman is often misunderstood in the west, associated with black magic, and spells. While these things all have their place, the actual practitioners are as varied as in any profession. Carola is known as a “White” shaman, a healer, and a spiritual guide.
Meals: (B, L, D)
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 one 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!
Meals: (B, L, D)
Puerto Miguel & Yarapa River
AM: On board our skiffs, you will visit the community of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be very happy to have visitors, and then stop by an area to see the women of this community who have the most amazing arts & craft market.
PM: 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 bio-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.
Meals: (B, L, D)
AM: With heavy hearts, at 8:00 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 (ACOBIA). Here 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. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture. 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. 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!