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Highlights
  • Explore the beauty of Amazon by Cruise
  • Explore Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers and explore  biodiversity of this region
  • Opportunity to see the famous pink dolphins.
  • Visit a private natural and fishing reserve
  • Visit the lovely Piraña Caño Creek

The Delfin I Amazon Cruise is the perfect match to fulfill your Amazon rainforest and river exploring fantasies. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality, this classic river vessel features 4 spacious deluxe suites, all of them with private terraces and two of them with private whirlpool baths. Intimacy and personal attention is the key success to this vessel's outstanding service. Aboard the Delfin I, you will venture into a world of exuberance and dramatic sceneries where it will become clear that you are traveling where few have gone before.

Trip Description

The Low Water/Dry Season typically runs from June through October and, despite its name, still gets some heavy rains. These months allow for trail walks through the rainforest to explore deep in the jungle and experience the flora and fauna up close. During these months you are likely to catch a piranha and enjoy the dozens of migratory birds in flight.

The High Water/Flooded Season typically runs from November through May when every river, creek and lake is navigable. You will get to explore more of the waterways of the Amazonia, and will have access to isolated corners of the reserve onboard speed boats. The rivers are 23 feet higher, so travelers get much closer to the jungle canopy, where monkeys play and beautiful Amazon birds like to roost. You are very likely to see many more mammals during the flooded season.

View the Delfin I’s detailed 5-day High Water itinerary by clicking the Itinerary tab. Scroll down from there to the Alternative Itinerary trip notes to view the other routes in brief. As always, AdventureSmith’s travel specialists are here to answer any questions on your Delfin I Amazon River Cruise, or compare this trip with others offered in the region.

 
Countries
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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Amazon River
Ship Name
  • Delfin I

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Iquitos and Embark

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Delfin I

Plan to arrive in Iquitos on the afternoon flight from Lima arriving at 5:00pm. After arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be assisted by our guides and transported by bus for about 1½ hours to Nauta. Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the Delfin I is waiting for you. Upon boarding the Delfin I your experienced crew will help you settle into your stateroom, and introduce you to their extraordinary vessel.

Just before dusk, as the Delfin starts its journey into the rainforest, our barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail, the pisco sour, made of Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available. Dinner is served in our cozy dining room located at the back of the ship’s second deck. Aside from providing you with your first rainforest adventure, the Delfin is also a unique culinary experience, offering the best of Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine in a cosmopolitan gourmet setting. Our chef prides himself in serving dishes in different styles and seasoned with a wide variety of herbs and spices, as well as exotic fruits.

After a delicious meal, head to the top observation deck where our guides will use charts and short videos displayed on our flat LCD screen to conduct a brief orientation, outlining details of your journey, including the places you will visit, the wildlife you will see, as well as a summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin.

Finally, under the beauty of an Amazonian night filled with hundreds of stars or perhaps a full moon, and wafted by the gentle breeze of the rainforest, our multi-talented staff will entertain you with a little live music, while you enjoy an after dinner drink and the tropical Amazonian breeze.

Day 2: Fundo Casual & Yanayacu/Pucate River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Delfin I

On your first morning, we recommend getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. 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!

In the 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. Take a stand-up paddleboard out to truly absorb the beauty of the Amazon water. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins.

Day 3: Amazon Park & Nauta Caño Creek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Delfin I

Begin your morning with an adventurous journey to visit a private natural and fishing reserve. 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). Early in the morning, a symphony of sounds will surely enchant your ears. Your destination will be a network of suspension bridges hanging high up in the treetops where you can explore the canopy at your leisure.

After lunch, explore Nauta Caño Creek and its various delights via skiff. You will also fish for the famous carnivorous piranhas! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.

Day 4: Yarapa River and Piraña Caño Creek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Delfin I

Along the Yarapa River river, you will get to explore this tributary intimately. Start your morning with light paddling in kayaks and be fascinated by the sounds from the mysterious jungle.

IN the afternoon, you will visit the lovely Piraña Caño Creek which leads to a lagoon and ideal place to search for birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you, you may also spot wildlife in the jungle with your newly trained eye.

Day 5: San Francisco, Nauta and Iquitos Airport

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Delfin I

Visit the San Francisco jungle community: On board skiffs, you will visit the community of San Francisco 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. Then stop by an area to see the women of this community and their amazing arts and crafts market.

Back aboard the Delfin I. Please take note you will be disembarking after lunch in Iquitos so take the time to gather and pack your things. With heavy hearts, the staff will wish you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the ground crew will be waiting to take you by your private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 95 kilometers journey by paved road. On your 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 and feed 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 for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. You are welcome to donate to extraordinary program. Arrive at Iquitos Airport around 5:30pm for departing flights.Land personnel will wait with you at the airport and help you check in.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,800

Price Per Day:

$ 760 per person
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 500

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Details
Ship Name

Delfin I

Ship Stats

Delfin I

8 guests

Year Built: 1978

Refurbished: 2010

Length: 69 feet 

Beam: 36 feet 

Draft: 5 feet 8 inches 

Cruising Speed: 8 knots 

Flag: Peru 

Ship Description

Suites Aboard Delfin I

Delfin I features four luxury suites with private terrances and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. Room amenities include a mini bar, an in-suite seating area with a sofa bed (may be converted in one additional bed), fine Peruvian linens (with a thread counts in hundreds), environmentally friendly amenities, silent A/C units, hot water, hair dryer, safe deposit box and internal communications system.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Delfin I Deck Plan

Delfin I Deck Plan

Deluxe Suites

Located on the main deck, these two spacious suites of 360 square feet feature king size beds (or separate twins), 180-degree panoramic windows. A new addition of private terraces of 320 square feet with private cold-water whirlpool baths make the Delfin I the first and only river vessel with this feature.

Master Suites

Located on the second deck, two master suites of 340 square feet and a private deck of 320 square feet are a little smaller than the deluxe suites, but quite spacious too. Shares the same comforts as deluxe suites but without whirlpool baths.

Trip Includes
  • All meals onboard
  • All excursions
  • Equipment including rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Transfer to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights from Iquitos
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Beverages including Pisco sours, house cocktails, beer, house wines with lunch and dinner, natural juices, soda, coffee, tea and water
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare from to/from Iquitos; any additional transportation services;
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Cost of medical emergencies, including evacuation
  • Mini bar consumption
  • Premium bar consumptions
  • Tips to local staff ($120 suggested per guest)
  • Boutique purchases
  • And items of a personal nature such as laundry fees and insurance of any kind
Optional Activities

Delfin I Amazon River Cruise provides to extend your trip to:

Machu Picchu Explorer: 5 days from $1,645

Travel to Peru and the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. Our Machu Picchu Explorer includes Cusco, the Urubamba Valley and upscale accommodations in Peru. Maximize your time at Machu Picchu with an overnight in Aguas Calientes at the foot of the ruins.

Puno & Lake Titicaca: Puno & Lake Titicaca: 3 days from: $375

Extend you Peru and Machu Picchu journey to include Puno and Lake Titicaca. Visit the famous floating reed islands. Enjoy cultural immersion at 13,120 feet on the highest navigable lake in the world.

Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Start City
Iquitos
End City
Iquitos
Cancellation Policy:

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

151 days or more - $200 service charge

150-91 days - deposit non-refundable

90 days or less - full payment applied as cancellation penalty

Age Notes

Families & Children

Minimum age 7 years. Children between the ages of 7-11 are eligible for a 20% discount.

Min. Age: 7

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions.

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be flexible makes our style of cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Delfin Amazon Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos. Airport transfers are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days and recommended LAN flights. Contact AdventureSmith for more details on these recommended flights. Each passenger is allowed 20 kg (44 lbs) by airline policies, plus carry-on luggage. There is storage in Delfin's VIP Lounge in the Port of Nauta for oversized luggage

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