The itinerary of the Amazon River Cruise Delfin III comprehends a precise balance of water activities and land excursions, as well as visits to local communities and wildlife rescue centers. The luxurious Small Ship Delfin III offers passengers an illuminating journey that will inmerse them in the misterious and fascinating wonders of nature as they discover the delights of the Peruvian Amazon.
Your Amazon journey takes off on arrival in Iquitos, were we will personally pick you up and take you to our vessel. In the following days, you will experience an ideal combination of natural wonders, dramatic scenery, indigenous cultural history, and a relaxed self-contained way to explore the rainforest while sightseeing nature at its best.
Our 4 days itinerary of Delfin III offer travelers the chance to be one of a select group to visit the remote Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the largest protected wetland reserve in the world and one of the areas of highest biodiversity. All our activities have been carefully selected to showcase the best flora and fauna that the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers have to boast, allowing travelers to further discover the secrets of the Peruvian Amazon.
All itinerary activities are optional, although we encourage all guests to tempt their adventurous side. The 2 or 3 times daily excursions (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) include kayaking in the calm creeks and lakes, swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas at sunset, skirting the riverbanks in search of playful creatures, birdwatching, trail walks, and visits to local communities to interact with the native people. Optional early birdwatching excursions before breakfast are also available for those who are up for the challenge!
Explore the Amazon jungle from skiffs or on foot and submerge in the spectacular views of the Amazon Rainforest, with local experts and naturalist guides. Navigate the Amazon River and marvel at its exotic and diverse wildlife: multicolored fish, toucans, caimans, river turtles and many more fascinating species
ITINERARY IN BRIEF:
Day 1: Arrive Iquitos - Nauta - Embarkation
Day 2: Amazon
Day 3: Amazon
Day 4: Disembarkation: Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals
NOTE: this itinerary dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.
Arrive Iquitos – Nauta - Embarkation
AM: ARRIVE IN IQUITOS
Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, from where you'll hop aboard our comfortable private vehicle as we begin a panoramic tour of Iquitos city, with a tasty lunchbox provided.
After the tour we will travel by paved road to the city of Nauta about an hour's drive away. Along the way, you will see vibrant "terra firma" (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life. Upon reaching Nauta you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the Delfin I awaits you.
PM: EMBARKATION FROM NAUTA
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. Orthopaedic 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.
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.
AM: FUNDO CASUAL
This morning, we hike the Fundo Casual jungle trail, taking us deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest). Biologically, this kind of forest is one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting a vast number of plant and animal species. Among the flora is the giant Ceiba (kapok) tree, recognizable by the girth of its trunk, along with many smaller medicinal plants, which the guides will point out on the hike.
As for the fauna, this rainforest is very good for spotting birds such as the Bluish-fronted Jacamar, Collared Trogons and Red-capped Cardinal.
PM: YANAYACU PUCATE / SHAMANA
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!
Afterwards we will visit the village of San Regis is a flyspeck on Peru's Amazon River 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 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 spiritual guide.
AM: AMAZON PARK CANOPY WALK
The Amazon jungle canopy contains a large percentage of the Amazon's wildlife and vegetation, so this morning we visit the the only canopy walkway in the Pacaya-Samiria area, in order to gain a unique viewpoint of the terra firme rainforest ecosystem, from a height of over 25m / 85 ft. The walkway extends for 500m / one-third of a mile, between 14 large trees, and is one of the longest in the world; and yet no special skills or equipment are needed to enjoy it.
PM: PUERTO PRADO:
This afternoon we will visit Puerto Prado, a small river village where a local resident will take us along a terra firme primary rainforest trail through their community reserve. Our naturalists will show us some of the incredible biodiversity of the forest as we search for poison dart frogs, various insects, and snakes, many of which are unique to this environment. We may also see saddleback tamarins, small primates that travel in groups, shaking the vegetation as they jump through the highest branches of the trees. At Puerto Prado we will see a lake covered with giant Victoria Regia lilies and visit a shaman who will explain his traditional healing using medicinal plants and spiritual practices. The shaman will perform a traditional blessing for those who are interested in taking part in this ceremony. Before we leave, a women’s artisan group from the village will show us their exquisite handicrafts for purchase, including birds and animals fashioned from “chambira” palm fibers.
Disembarkation: Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals
AM: DISEMBARKATION IN NAUTA
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.
AM: THE RESCUE & REHABILITATION CANTER OF RIVER MAMMALS (ACOBIA)
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. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees. 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.
PM: AIRPORT DEPARTURE
Our staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check in at Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada
Vignetta International 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!
- Launched: October 2015
- Type of vessel: River vessel
- Port of Embarkation: City of Nauta
- Vessel´s Registry: Peru
- Length: 168 feet
- Beam: 39 feet
- Draft: 4´92”
- Capacity: 42 passengers
There are four main cabins types aboard the Delfin III. All cabins have all-natural spa-quality bath amenities, nightly turndown service, in-room electronic safe, individual climate control, luxury cotton linens with duvet, premium mattresses, purified water replenished daily, multi-configuration plugs 110v/220v, generous closet space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, makeup mirror, iron and ironing board. Additional amenities for Corner and Owner’s Suites include a complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, laundry service (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise), stocked mini-bar and scented bath upon request.
There are eight Suites (103-110) located on the Main Deck. The 237-square-foot Suites feature a king or two twin beds and floor-to-ceiling windows.
There are ten Upper Suites (202-211) located on the Upper Deck. The 253-square-foot rooms feature a king or two twin beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting areas.
The two Corner Suites (101 & 102) are located on the Main Deck. They are 253 square feet, offering a fixed king bed, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, a complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, laundry service, stocked mini-bar and scented bath upon request.
#201 Located on the Upper Deck, the 597-square-foot Owner’s Suite features a fixed king bed and floor-to-ceiling, wraparound windows, a complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, laundry service, stocked mini-bar and scented bath upon request.
- All meals while on board (arrival day: lunchbox and dinner; cruise days: all meals; departure day: breakfast)
- All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
- Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (Lima-Iquitos: 10:00 a.m.; Iquitos-Lima: 1 p.m.)
- Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
- Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, pisco cocktails & sours, house wines with lunch and dinner.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Air tickets to/from Iquitos
- Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
- Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: USD $120)
- Any additional transportation services
- Any additional bar consumptions
- Boutique purchases
- Minibar consumptions
Your cruise package includes transfers from/to the Iquitos Airport to/from the port of Nauta, where the vessel will depart and set sail from. These included transfers are offered only when arriving and departing with our recommended LATAM Airlines flights, which is approximately 10:00 a.m. for the Lima-Iquitos flight and approximately 1:00 p.m. for the Iquitos-Lima flight.
Any additional services are not included.
Here are some occurrences that may arise where Delfin Amazon Cruises may assist for an additional charge:
- Supposing the passenger arrives earlier than the recommended arrival time on the departure day of their cruise. We may arrange them to be privately taken from Iquitos airport into the city, enjoy a comprehensive and expertly led city tour, and/or taken to a restaurant.
- Supposing the passenger arrives later than the recommended arrival time on the departure day of their cruise, and needs private transportation to the port of Nauta and then a private boat to catch the vessel.
Please note that this itinerary dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.