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Delfin III Amazon Riverboat 4-Night Itinerary

5-day/4-night Low-Water-Season River Cruise: During the Amazon’s low-water season, the rivers recede and beautiful sandy river beaches form to open up fabulous sites and amazing opportunities for viewing exotic plant and animal life. On this 5-day/4-night introduction to the Amazon on board the Delfin III riverboat, you’ll discover this dramatic scenery as you go on guided wildlife safaris through the megadiverse Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, visit a local indigenous Amazonian village and the Manatee Rescue Center, as well as sail the Marañon River, search for Pink river dolphins, and go kayaking, canoeing and swimming. Discover the Amazon for yourself on this unforgettable getaway designed for true adventurers.

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Highlights

Peruvian Amazon, the Amazon River, visiting remote indigenous communities; Nauta Caño Nocturnal Safari; river exploring by skiff, kayak and canoe; rainforest treks, Yachay shaman ceremony, the River Mammal Rescue Center, Iquitos

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Flight from Lima – Arrival in the Amazonian City of Iquitos – Drive to Nauta Port – Embarkation – Happy Hour & Orientation – Fundo Casual Trek – Nauta Caño Nocturnal Safari
Day 2: Belluda Cano Creek Skiff Exploring & Dolphin Watching – Dorado River Rainforest Hike
Day 3: Zapote River Skiff Exploring – Pacaya River Kayaking
Day 4: Clavero Lagoon Skiff Excursion – Puerto Miguel/Yarapa River Community Visit & Skiff Exploring
Day 5: Disembarkation – Mammal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center – Airport Departure
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Flight from Lima – Arrival in the Amazonian City of Iquitos – Drive to Nauta Port – Embarkation – Happy Hour & Orientation – Fundo Casual Trek – Nauta Caño Nocturnal Safari

9:30 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – For travelers who are already in Lima on a Surtrek tour, Surtrek representatives will assist you with your luggage and with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon. (For travelers just arriving in Peru, you will be able to make your connecting flight to Iquitos within the same Lima international airport).

11:30 am: Arrival in Iquitos – Upon landing at the Iquitos airport, uniformed Delfin Amazon Cruises guides and land staff will be there to welcome you in the luggage claim area.

12:30 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Embarkation Port – At the Iquitos airport, Delfin staff members will assist you with your belongings and then transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to the embarkation port in the town of Nauta, an hour-and-a-half away.  This drive through the scenic Peruvian countryside will give you your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes.   

1:00 pm: Lunch – En route to the port in Nauta, you will be served a delicious box lunch consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee and fresh juice.

2:00 pm: Arrival in Nauta / VIP Reception – Once we reach Nauta, you’ll be treated to a VIP greeting at Delfin Amazon Cruises’ private port. This dock is situated on the shore of the Marañon River, where the Delfin vessel will be awaiting you to begin your Amazon cruise experience. 

3:00 pm: Embarkation – After boarding the Delfin, crew members will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for an experienced traveler such 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 complemented with a spacious private terrace, which we are sure you’ll enjoy to the fullest.

4:00 pm: Happy Hour & Orientation: While the Delfin begins to weigh anchor, you can take in fantastic panoramic views from the ship’s elegantly outfitted observation area located on the Delfin’s third, deck. At this time, the barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail: Pisco sour – a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available.

As you relax with a cold drink, your naturalist guide will conduct a brief orientation, outlining details about the voyage journey ahead. This will include the places you will visit and the wildlife you’ll see, as well as a basic summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin.

5:00 pm: Free Time – Wafted by the gentle breeze of the rainforest, the multi-talented staff will entertain you with a little live music while you delight in this tropical Amazonian breeze. Alternatively, you may want to take this free time simply slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin.

7:00 pm: Welcome Dinner – Toast the beginning of a beautiful journey with a sip fine South American wine. Then, sit down to enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by the Delfin’s Executive Chef Raul Rodriguez. Tonight’s welcome dinner will combine incredibly fresh and exotic ingredients with refined cooking techniques and unparalleled creativity in dishes made to enchant the senses. Having the Relais & Châteaux’s seal of approval to Delfin’s culinary experience speaks a world about the journey for the senses you’re about to experience.

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Day 2
Belluda Cano Creek Skiff Exploring & Dolphin Watching – Dorado River Rainforest Hike

7:00 am: Buffet Breakfast – Wake up early to watch the sunrise for the first time on the Amazon River. Get your first, dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures and then sit down to a sumptuous buffet breakfast featuring a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices.

8:30 am: Belluda Cano Creek Skiff Exploring & Dolphin Watching Early in the morning, we will head in our skiff to a spectacular tributary within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This is where you will likely experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. In addition, you’re sure to spot many of the brightly colored tropical birds that will be out and active …flying gracefully across the Amazonian sky.  

11:00 am: Return to the Ship / Onboard Activities – Cold towels await you back aboard the Delfin Amazon riverboat. Take this time to enjoy the ship’s amenities, which include a panoramic exercise room and the observation deck’s outdoor lounge, bar and entertainment center – or perhaps you’ll just want to slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin.

12:00 pm: Lunch – For your mid-day meal, master chef Raul Rodriguez, his diligent assistants, and the Delfin’s experienced pastry and menu creation team will have worked hand in hand to ensure that your gastronomic journey is every bit as exciting as what you have seen in the Amazon this morning. This culinary adventure might just introduce you to local favorites like the spicy Aji charapita sauce, refreshing rosy pink “Camu-camu” juice or freshly caught river fish.

1:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax.

3:00 pm: Dorado River Rainforest Hike This afternoon, the biodiversity you’ll experience will be outstanding. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad species of birds, colorful butterflies, a diversity of insects, and raucous troops of monkeys troops.

5:30 pm: Return to the Ship / Free Time – Making our way back to the Delfin, you’ll have time to shower, rest up and relax before dinner.

7:00 pm: Dinner – Like all nights, dinner will be simply world class. You will be able to enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious Peruvian fare (with a bit of continental influence), whether served in the dining room or al fresco on deck. Promising to be a culinary feast for the senses, this evening’s dinner will be paired with select South American wines or perhaps a freshly pressed juice.

8:30 pm: Night Safari – After the delicious dinner, we will again leave the ship, this time to go on a nocturnal safari in an area known for squirrel and silver-back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins and sloths! We will troll the riverbanks in search of the gleaming eyes of small caimans, as well as look out for night birds and insects of all colors, shapes and sizes.

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Day 3
Zapote River Skiff Exploring – Pacaya River Kayaking

7:00 am: Buffet Breakfast – Breakfast will be served buffet-style, perhaps featuring cheese, cereal, eggs of any style, ham, yogurt, bread, and muffins, as well as a rotating variety of local dishes such as tapioca mingado (similar to rice pudding) or cecina (a dried meat) and fried chorizo with cocona sauce. The ship’s waiters will also come by the table with tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices.

8:00 am: Zapote River Skiff Exploring – The morning is a perfect time for kayaking along the calm and inspiring rainforest waters. Our guides will take you upstream for a good chance to spot prehistoric-looking iguanas lazing in the sun. As we troll along the shoreline in search of whatever the jungle has to offer, you’ll like sight a band of Squirrel monkeys, since they’re active at this time of the day. This is when they move in large noisy troops at mid- to upper levels of primary and secondary lowland rainforest. As you float along and paddle down the river, see if you can spot some of the more elusive creatures on your own!

11:30 am: Return to the Delfin / On Board Activities

12:00 pm: Lunch – From the Delfin lunch buffet, choose from at least a half-dozen options; perhaps an Asian-inspired lunch featuring spring rolls with shrimp, or maybe a dorado fish grilled with peppers and onions. Or what about a Peruvian dish that includes ceviche, fried yucca, stewed beans and corn tamales?

3:00 pm: Pacaya River Kayaking – Pacaya River: This morning, you will have reached our main goal, the Pacaya River at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000 millimeters, by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Filled with lakes, palm swamps, and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season and is sure to be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. You will also have the chance to explore one of the pristine Amazon lagoons in this wonderful region!

5:30 pm: Return to the Delfin – Back on board the Delphin, you’ll have time to wash up and relax a bit before the next on-ship activity.

7:00 pm: Dinner – The Peruvian Amazon bursts with unapologetically strong flavors. For tonight’s dinner, the Delfin’s passionate culinary team will utilizes local ingredients and traditional recipes to create a flavorful experience for the guests – savory local dishes such as Juane rice flavored with herbs and spices, local Tigerfish (in the family of catfish), or “Jungle spaghetti.” Alternative international dishes will also be available if you feel less adventurous.

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Day 4
Clavero Lagoon Skiff Excursion – Puerto Miguel/Yarapa River Community Visit & Skiff Exploring

7:00 am: Picnic Breakfast: Today, as we head out early for some morning wildlife spotting, we’ll have breakfast off the ship. Mooring the skiff in a shaded part of the river, you can dig into a morning feast of fresh fruit, jars of avocado with soft-boiled egg, pancakes with fruit syrup, and ham & cheese sandwiches – plus hot coffee, of course.

8:30 am: Clavero Lagoon Skiff Excursion – Clavero Lake: After breakfast, we will begin an exploration at Clavero Lake on board of our aluminum skiff, where you will have the chance to get deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna.

11:00 am: Return to the Delfin / On Board Activities

12:30 pm: Lunch – From the Delfin lunch buffet, choose from at least a half-dozen options; perhaps an Asian-inspired lunch featuring spring rolls with shrimp, or maybe a dorado fish grilled with peppers and onions. Or what about a Peruvian dish that includes ceviche, fried yucca, stewed beans and corn tamales?

2:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax.

3:00 pm: Puerto Miguel/Yarapa River Community Visit & Skiff Exploring – Next we will venture along the Yarapa River, where you can explore the tributary in a kayak and listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. Next, we will venture out on board our skiff, where we will visit the community of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers who have called the Amazon their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be delighted to meet you, and then stop by an area to see the women of this community who have created a most amazing arts & crafts market. You may even find that perfect Amazonian souvenir here.

6:00 pm: Return to the Delfin – Back on board the Delphin, you’ll have time to wash up and relax a bit before the next on-ship activity.

8:00 pm: Farewell Dinner – The Delfin will mark your last evening on board the ship by pampering you with Peru’s famed “fusion food,” one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. This gentle blend of immigrant traditions of Peru is truly a comprehensive gastronomic, cultural, and historic adventure. Alternatively, select one of the carefully preparing contemporary international dishes that use the wild choices of fresh ingredients that the Amazon region has in store. In either case, Delfin offers exceptional service for your ultimate farewell indulgence.

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Day 5
Disembarkation – Mammal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center – Airport Departure

6:30 am: Buffet Breakfast & Packing – For your final breakfast on board the Delfin, join everyone in the main dining room and order up some eggs any way you like them… even benedict- or omelet-style with your choice of filling. In addition to Peruvian specialties, international breakfast standards like pancakes and French toast will be in the buffet.

Following breakfast, you’ll have time to pack your luggage and take a good last look at the Amazon from the Delfin’s observation deck.

8:00 am: Disembarkation and Ride Back to Iquitos – The crew will bid you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the Delfin’s ground crew will be waiting to load your luggage and take you by a private air-conditioned vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 55 miles (95 km) away by paved road.

9:30 am: The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA): On our way back to the Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA). Here, you will have the chance to see baby manatees and learn about these wonderful 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 with the intention of turning them into pets and other threatening conditions.

10:30 am: Reaching the Airport & Departure: Reaching the Iquitos Airport, Delfin staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage, assist you in getting your boarding pass, and help you check in.

The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru, where you will be met by Surtrek representatives if you plan on continuing your tour in Peru (otherwise you will be able to easily catch your connecting flight home or onward).

At the Iquitos airport’s security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will say goodbye. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and your Amazon travel experience.

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Prices

2020 - Price per person
RoomCorner SuiteOwners SuiteSuiteUpper Suite
5 DaysUS$ 4,300 PPUS$ 5,000 PPUS$ 3,700 PPUS$ 3,800 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • All meals while on board (arrival day: box lunch & dinner; cruise days: all meals; departure day: breakfast)
  • All excursions & use of 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
  • Selected Beverages: Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, Pisco cocktails & Pisco sours, house wines with lunch and dinner.
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: USD $120)
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumption
  • Minibar consumption

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