Day 1 Arrive in Iquitos (dinner)
05:00 pm. Arrive in Iquitos
After arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be assisted by our guides and transported by bus for about 1 ½ hours, heading northwest toward Nauta (the oldest city in the department of Loreto). Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Marañon River, where the DELFIN I is waiting for you.
07:30 pm. Arrive in Nauta and board the DELFIN I
Upon arriving at the port of Nauta, you will board the DELFIN I, the most unique and small river vessel in the Amazon River. You will enjoy the personal attention and your own private decks. Your immense suites will be the epitome of luxury while cruising; you will enjoy a variety of environmentally friendly amenities for your ultimate indulgence.
08:00 pm. Happy Hour
Just before dusk, as the DELFIN I starts its journey into the rainforest, our barman and staff will provide you with Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail, the pisco sour, made of Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available.
08:30 pm. Dinner
Dinner is served in our cozy dining room located at the back of the ship’s second deck. Because of its cultural diversity, Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s finest, making the country an attractive culinary destination. 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.
09:30 pm. Briefing and time to relax
On the top observation deck, 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 multitalented staff will entertain you with a little live music.
Day 2 San Isidro flooded forest hike & Yanayacu/Pucate river (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
07:00 am. Breakfast – Buffet
08:00 am. Hiking at San Isidro
Today we will hike through this pristine and unique flooded ecosystem, passing through a classic tropical rainforest with emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55 meters in height. Many trees have buttress roots which often extend high up the trunks while palms are abundant and many of them have stilt roots. Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. Our target is the giant ceiba or kapok tree with its large diameter. We will encounter local medicinal plants and identify them while hiking. This forest is also very good for spotting birds such as the bluish-fronted jacamar seen in pairs in middle and lower parts of forest edges, or collared trogons, red capped cardinals, etc.
11:00 am. Back aboard the Delfin I
We will continue upstream towards our next destination.
12:30 pm. Lunch
After emerging from the depths of the forest, you will be treated to a world-class gourmet meal.
03:30 pm. YanaYacu excursion (protected area within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve)
Never does nature seem more beautiful than in the tropics. In this opportunity you will have the chance to explore one of our main cores of the National Reserve. Wild life will be the one to greet you and biodiversity will be outstanding. On board of our aluminum skiff we will have the chance to get deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad bird species, colorful butterflies and other diverse insects, noisy monkey troops and active pink and grey river dolphins. Enjoy the black river waters and discover this mysterious and bountiful destination.
06:30 pm. Back to the vessel
We will continue our navigation to our next destination.
08:00 pm. Dinner
Se servirá como de costumbre en el comedor, y como siempre lo atenderemos de lo mejor.
08:00 pm. Lazy time at our third Deck
Tonight far from civilization, the stargazing opportunities are unique. While enjoying the sweet breeze of the Amazonian night, the wonderful symphony of the jungle, you can see stars of the northern and southern constellation.
Day 3 Canopy walk/ primary forest hike, Tawampa lake /Nauta Caño exploration (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
07:00 am. Breakfast – Buffet
You will get used to our wonderful breakfast festival, with all natural juices and really exotic fresh food that our kitchen personnel will point you, we are sure that you have never tasted some of them.
08:00 am. Private Reserve “La Posada” canopy walk
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. We will be canoeing back through the Tawampa Lake where you will possibly be able to observe giant Arapaima, the largest fresh water fish in the world.
10:30 am. Back Aboard the Delfin I
We will continue our upstream navigation towards the formation of the Amazon River.
01:00 pm. Lunch
To continue with your unique adventure, our creative chef will continue amaze you with the innovative creations he has designed for you. While explaining every detail of the local food you will learn more and more about life in this pristine and unique area.
04:00 pm. Nauta Caño Exploration, fishing experience & night safari
At this time we will have the chance to explore this small creek, lagoons, its wonderful dynamic and stunning panoramas. Cruising is the best way to experience the diversity of the wildlife that populates the rivers and their neighboring habitats. We will sail quietly near shore, exploring marshes, streams and oxbows. On board our excursion skiffs, we will head to a beautiful lake for a spectacular spot, where we expect to catch some fish; the target again, will be “piranhas”. During the rainier season, river flood and low forest have more than 1 meter (3 ft.) of water standing at the base of the trees. Flowering and fruiting time coincide with this flooding, fish including piranhas swim in among the base of the trees to devour the fruit or chew at their outer coverings. So the undeserved super-carnivore reputation of piranhas as a bloody thirsty fish is really exaggerated. There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, black, white, red bellied. They are so smart and fun to catch.
07:00 pm. Back Aboard the Delfin I
We will continue to our next destination.
08:00 pm. Dinner
We will continue to surprise you with the variety of our menu.
Day 4 Amazon Headwaters & Caño Piraña / San Francisco hike and local village (breakfast – lunch)
07:00 am. Desayuno Buffet
08:00 am. Amazon Headwaters & San Francisco Village
We will wake up at this important and historic place, were the Ucayali & Marañon Rivers merge and give birth to the mighty Amazon River. We will be in the formation of the Amazon River; the two powerful tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the Marañon River. In this spot, we will search for the most elusive and exotic fresh water pink river dolphin, medium sized, long snout and little or no dorsal fin you will see that they are really pink, they love this place, because is one of their favorite feeding spot.
10 : 3 0 am. Back aboard the Delfin I
This is also the time to gather all of your things pack your bags and check out.
12: 0 0 pm. Lunch
As usual, you will enjoy the diversity of our culinary choices. Our kitchen staff will be there for any special requests..
01:00 pm. Disembark at Nauta
We will disembark at our port in Nauta, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Iquitos.
02:40 . Visit the Manatees Rescue Center
In our way to the Iquitos Airport, we will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals were you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about this pacific and wonderful creatures and why they are in the endangered species list. You are most welcome to help this extraordinary program!.
0 5 :30 pm. Arrive at Iquitos Airport
Our land personnel will give your boarding passes and help you check in.
NOTE: All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributaries level may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain´s discretion.
The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid. Average annual maximum temperature of 33°C (95°F) and minimum of 21°C (70°C)
The dry season is from May to November
The wet season is from December to April
The seasons feature differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate.
All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain´s discretion.
Bring comfortable soft-soled shoes, light-weight trousers and long-sleeved tops, hat, sunglasses, lightweight raingear, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, BINOCULARS, camera and spare batteries.
We recommend taking Vitam B or B-12 15 days before your arrival date to the jungle; these have been proven as the most effective natural repellent of all, even though please don't forget to bring one along wiht you.
Don´t forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals (T-shirts, pens and paper are especially prized)
Tipping is expected by the crew and the guides, envelopes will be provided in your cabin (suggested amount is USD 120 per passenger)
2014 Departures Dates:
03, 10, 24
03, 10, 17, 31
07, 14, 21, 28
05, 12, 19, 26
07, 14, 21, 28
01, 08, 15, 22, 29
06, 13, 20, 27
03, 17, 24
01, 08, 15, 22, 29
DELFIN I : 4Days/3Nights Program goes from Monday to Thursday
2014 PRICE PER PERSON
Delfin Amazon Cruise 4 days/ 3nights Program per person on a basis of Double Occupancy
DELFIN I Luxury 4-cabin vessel
USD 3 ,199
Deluxe Master Suite with Jacuzzi
Single Supplement is 50% in addition to the adult rate
Children Policy: 7 years old minimum on all departures. Child aged 11 or under will receive a 20% discount.
Rates Include: All meals while onboard - All excursions - Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos – Entrance Fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Rates Do Not Include: Air Tickets to and from Iquitos - Bar and Boutique Purchases - Cost of Medical Emergencies including evacuation - Tipping (Amount suggested per guest): USD 120