Delfin I Amazon Cruise Thursday to Monday is a five-day itinerary travelling to the main highlights within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Take the opportunity to walk on the tree canopy or swim with pink river dolphins. Furthermore, you will visit an Amazon village and learn about the customs and traditions of the Amazon communities. Onboard of Delfin I Cruise you will experience the perfect combination of natural wonders, dramatic scenery and indigenous cultural history. On top of this, you will have the comfort of a deluxe Amazon cruise where you can pamper yourself.
Whether you choose a three-night, a four-night or a seven-night cruise, rest assured you will get an unforgettable experience. The program showcases the best flora and fauna that the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve have to boast. Additionally, there is an array of experiences available while onboard to enhance your Amazon experience. Activities such as kayaking in the calm creeks and lakes or fishing for piranhas is a big favourite. Alternatively, you can go skirting the riverbanks in search of playful creatures while birdwatching during your trail walks. Lastly, during your Delfin I Amazon Cruise, visit a local community where you can interact with the native people.
Delfin I Amazon Cruise is the most exclusive vessel that sails in the Peruvian Amazon region. It has a maximum capacity of eight passengers. The two Master Suites (32 m2) boast a private terrace; while its two Deluxe Master Suites (34 m2) have a freshwater pool on the private terrace. Furthermore, the floor-to-ceiling windows provide unobstructed views of the river in all suites. Suites features include hot water showers with organic toiletries, indoor sitting area, native design elements and handicrafts and binoculars. The three times daily cabin service will ensure you the most optimal personalised service possible. On the top deck, there is a lounge area, bar and entertainment centre which are perfect places to relax while sailing through the Amazon. On the Delfin I Amazon Cruise, not all time is spent on board as guests can go in the water with the kayaks and the stand-up paddleboards.
The dry or low water season runs from June to October. It is ideal for travellers that prefer to walk through the rainforest to discover its flora and fauna. It allows for more extensive hikes and fewer mosquitos.
The rainy or high water season runs from November to May. This is ideal for travellers that prefer to duck into otherwise isolated corners of the reserve onboard speed boats. It allows for more extensive exploration and access via water. In any case, each season boasts a dramatic difference in plants, animals, and weather.
Because of the small size, this is the perfect boat to personalise your Amazon voyage. We can create a unique, fully custom-designed program just for you and your loved ones. Bird watching, professional fishing, and in-depth exploration of jungle trails are just some examples of specific daily excursions we can arrange for your particular group’s interests, skills, and sense of adventure.
Arrive to the Amazon city of Iquitos in the morning. Pick up from the airport and transfer to the port of Nauta (95km) in time to board your cruise. Begin your trip with a panoramic tour of Iquitos city. Along the way to Nauta, you will see vibrant “terra firma” (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life.
While the Delfin begins its initial navigation, you will enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation area located on the third deck. The bartender will be waiting to serve you with an exotic cocktail made with local fruits and pisco. 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 centre which offers use for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area (fauna, flora, etc.) There is a well-equipped bar where you can taste regional and international liquors and aromas that the bartender will happily prepare for you.
The vessel has an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time. After dinner, go to the third deck where you can enjoy stargazing while you cruise into the depths of the Amazon rain forest.
Onboard Delfin I, you will be served by qualified staff who will introduce you to your exquisite and cosy suite. Cabins features include orthopaedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, and cotton bathrobes. They have air conditioning, a private bathroom with Spanish style hot water shower and a spacious private terrace to enjoy the Amazon at fullest.
PM- Pauhuachiro & Nauta Caño: For your first excursion, you will take a skiff boat. You will see lots of Sloths, Iguanas, and Anteaters. Bird watchers are likely to check off their bucket list, the Yellow-rumped Caciques and the very elegant Egrets will be there! Nauta Caño Creek is known for squirrel and silver back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins, and even sloths! You’ll skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colours, shapes and sizes.
AM: Fundo Casual- we recommend getting up early to appreciate the wildlife. Early rising is always rewarding since animals are most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rain forest where your guide will point out flora and fauna of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open to identify wildlife!
PM: Yanayacu Pucate- cruise through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the most important, 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. You will have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous Pink Dolphins!
AM: Amazon Park-begin your morning with an adventurous journey to visit a private reserve complete with eight hanging bridges high up in the rainforest canopy. To get there, you will walk through primary forest and paddle slowly through tranquil Tahuampa Lake. A black water lagoon with giant Arapaima fishes (known locally as Paiche); with luck, you might hear them jumping up to breathe the crisp dawn air. The suspension bridges will give you a peek into the life and riches up in the treetops for many of the Amazon’s animals. A symphony of sounds will surely enchant your ears.
PM: Nauta Caño Creek- continue exploring Nauta Caño Creek and its various delights via skiff. Your guide will point out animals such as the slow-moving Sloths, various bird species, and perhaps even squealing Monkeys! If you wish, you can also kayak through the calm waters this afternoon, skimming the riverbanks on your own to play your own game of “I spy”. As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of Caiman’s and night birds.
AM: Piranha Cano- head down into the Marañon River to a location known as Piraña Caño. You’ll have high chances to spot all the favourites: Monkeys, Pink Dolphins, and rare birds.
PM: San Francisco- take a boat ride to San Francisco village. Here, you will be able to meet the local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will warmly welcome you. Then stop by an area to see the women of this community and their amazing arts and crafts market.
This morning disembark at the port of Nauta and travel overland back to Iquitos. Along the way, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby Manatees. Learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees. Transfer to the airport after the tour.