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Peru Amazon River Cruise - DELFIN I - 4 Nights

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Cruise Description

Explore the Peruvian Amazon on this five-day Delfin I Amazon River Cruise, which launches from the port of Nauta. For five days, you’ll be immersed in the region’s diverse nature and learn about the elements that make this a standout destination. 

Onboard the Delfin I, you’ll be introduced to the enthusiastic staff and your spacious suite. Bask in the sunshine in the lounge on the observation deck, or sip on pisco-based cocktails crafted by the resident bartender. 

In the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, walk the Fundo Casual Jungle Trail while keeping your eyes peeled for sightings of the elusive two-toed sloth, as well as species of snakes like the anaconda and rainbow boa. In the early mornings, wake the to the trill of songbirds as the sun rises.

Kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the Yanayacu-Pucate River. And if you're lucky, you'll glide alongside pink dolphins. Brave a 500 m walk along the Canopy Walkway, a bridge suspended at over 35 m that invites you to observe the diversity of the rainforest from up in the treetops. Try your hand at piranha fishing, and witness a golden sunset where the Ucayali, Marañón, and the Amazon Rivers meet. On skiffs, visit the community of Puerto Miguel and meet its local villagers, who are eager to show you their schoolhouse and vibrant arts and crafts market.

On the fifth day, return to Nauta, where you’ll continue to Iquitos for your onward journey. On the way, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) and come face to face with baby manatees. Delight in feeding them some healthy greens as you learn how this center is caring for a species under threat. 

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

AMAZON RIVER & RAINFOREST (Iquitos): Fundo Casual, Nauta caño, Yanayacu Oucate, Amazon Natural park, Yachay, Yanayaquillo, Piranha cano, Confluence Ucayali river, Cumaceba

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE TO IQUITOS AND NIGHT EXPERIENCE

Afternoon

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 at 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 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.

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.

Evening

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.

Nauta Caño: 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
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 LAS PALMAS, YANAYACU PUCATE, AMAZON NATURAL PARK, YACHAY

Morning

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.

Afternoon

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! 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 Firme” 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.

Evening

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 literally 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
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 YANAYAQUILLO, PIRANHA CAÑO, AMAZON CONFLUENCE

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. We will also try piranha fishing.

Afternoon

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!

Evening

Better known as the “Union 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.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 UCAYALI RIVER, CUMACEBA

Morning

Onboard 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.

Afternoon

Listen closely for 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 the thick fur and bushy tail looks more like he is dressed for the Arctic than the Amazon.

Evening

Evening at leisure

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 5 THE RESCUE & REHABILITATION CENTER OF RIVER MAMMALS, AIRPORT DEPARTURE

Morning

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 (ACOBIA) 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. Airport departure: Our staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check-in at Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard

Map

Video

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
4 nights onboard DELFIN I

Meals

Full board plan
4 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 4 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shuttle bus Iquitos airport/Nauta/Iquitos airport
Cruise
River Vessel

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking naturalist Guide

What's not included

  • Domestic flights:
    • From/to Iquitos
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Alcoholic or Bottled beverages
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

If necessary, it is imperative to get your yellow fever vaccine at least ten days prior to departure.

Weather conditions in the Amazon rainforest vary greatly depending on the two seasons: the wet season from December to May and the dry season from June until November. Regardless of the season, you have to be prepared for rain throughout the year, although it rains a lot less during the dry season. 

Amazon rainforest packing list:

  • binoculars
  • waterproof hiking shoes
  • hat
  • quick-dry clothing
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • long-sleeve pants
  • strong insect repellent
  • strong sunblock
  • bathing-suit
  • case or protection for your camera and phone
  • personal medication. 
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