MV DELFIN I LUXURY AMAZON CRUISE
4 DAYS – 3 NIGHTS
An intimate, boutique cruising vessel in Peru’s Northern Amazon This boutique Amazon riverboat combines traditional design and craftsmanship, with all modern comforts. There are only four suites on board, and so your journey will be personalized and intimate; and the Delfin prides itself on its cuisine and service. Not only is the Delfin I itself luxurious, but her four and five-day itineraries offer clients 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. View the video above to see what it’s like onboard the Delfin I cruise. The Delfin I is quite simply stunning. No detail has been overlooked to create an exceptional cruise experience. From the individually-crafted gourmet meals made from exotic local ingredients to the eagle-eyes of the expert onboard naturalist guide, guests can expect the highest level of service in a welcoming, intimate and relaxing atmosphere. 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. The very definition of boutique cruising, the Delfin I offers incredible levels of comfort, customer service and attention to detail. Be prepared to fully unwind in one of only 4 luxurious and spacious master suites, pampered by numerous staff and discover a whole world of wildlife with the help of expert guides. Every suite has floor-to-ceiling paneled windows and their own spacious private terrace, providing incredible views of the ever-changing scenery. Those on the lower deck even have their own private cool water whirlpool baths! Why not order room service over the intercom for a romantic private dinner on your terrace, or unwind with new friends and a cocktail from the all-inclusive drinks package (premium brands excluded)? For the adventurous amongst you, there are kayaks to use and, for the first time in the Amazon, exclusive to the Delfin I, you can try your hand at paddle-boarding. A world of flora and fauna awaits you … if you can force yourself to leave the supremely comfortable surroundings of the Delfin I!
Day 01 LIMA-IQUITOS – NAUTA- EMBARKATION-HAPPY HOUR & ORIENTATION
Arrive to the Amazon city of Iquitos:
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 to 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.
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 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. (Lunch, dinner included)
Day 02 FUNDO CASUAL – AMAZONAS VILLAGE
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 walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on “terra firma” (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!
This village of 500 people, although not very many miles from the bigger town of Nauta in miles, is still quite removed when you have to go by canoe from place to place. On your visit to this community we will be welcomed by smiling faces and friendly people. Around the community, people who are happy to show you the process of peeling and grating cassava, while another may invite you in for a look at the tools he uses to process the rice (grown locally). A day in the life 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.
Day 03 AMAZON PARK-YANAYACU PUCATE
This is a 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 Firma” forest and you will be able to see the differences between your previous hike and this one.
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! (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included)
Day 04 DISEMBARKATION – THE RESCUE & REHABILITATION CENTER OF RIVER MAMMALS – IQUITOS AIRPORT -LIMA
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. The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center 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. 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.
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! (Breakfast)
NOTES: Also on request itinerary of 4 nights
This schedule of activities is subject to change due to weather and river conditions. Please consult with your naturalist guide any last minute changes or questions.