Delfin II Amazon river boat sits in glassy water beside the riverbank, with 3 wood-wrapped decks & a single sage green hull.
small green frog clinging to a white and purple orchid in the amazon
guide pointing up into the canopy while travelers look and take pictures on the delfin ii amazon river cruise
travelers in a skiff cruise down the amazon river with large green lily pads on the side of them and cloudy skies above
Baby ocelot stands atop a fallen tree in the rainforest on a sunny day, seen during the Delfin II Amazon River Cruise.
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South America Amazon Cruise

Delfin II Amazon River Cruise

On this 4- or 5-day Delfin II Amazon River Cruise, explore flooded Peruvian Amazon forests, lakes and lagoons in search of fantastically diverse flora and fauna waiting around every bend. Daily excursions in aluminum skiffs or kayaks reveal a world of colorful wildlife.

Highlights of the Delfin II Amazon River Cruise include: viewing the confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon rivers to form the Amazon River and reaching the Palm Forest—the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Additional highlights include adventure options like stand-up paddleboarding and a fleet of double kayaks, plus a canopy walk, high above the jungle floor. A visit to the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (Amazon Forever) in Iquitos to meet baby manatees and other animals perfectly rounds out this Amazon small ship cruise.

The Delfin II offers high-water and low-water itineraries. High-water season is November to May and may allow for more extensive exploration and access via water. These months are ideal for travelers who prefer to duck into otherwise isolated corners of the reserve aboard speedy boats. Low-water season is June through October and may allow for more trail walks. This time of year is ideal for travelers who prefer to walk through the rainforest and discover its flora and fauna. All listed activities depend on water levels, weather and season. Travelers equipped with a sense of adventure and openness tend to enjoy their Delfin III journey in the Amazon rainforest even more.

The 28-guest Delfin II is unique among Amazon small ships as being one of the first to have a full fleet of kayaks. Silently traversing flooded forests and waterways where pink and grey dolphins and piranhas swim is an Amazon cruise experience like no other. Overhead, during hikes and paddles, troops of monkeys and marmosets, colorful birds and insects fill the upper canopy. Nothing is missed between excursions thanks to Delfin’s panoramic windows in every suite and common area.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Amazon cruises and Amazon trips.



Itinerary

5-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 5-Day High-Water Delfin II Amazon River Cruise operates round-trip from Iquitos, traveling along the Maranon River. Both 5-day (High- & Low-Water) itineraries uniquely explore the Samiria River and both High-Water itineraries (4- & 5-day) uniquely visit Nauta Cano.

Route map of Delfin II 5-Day Amazon River Cruise, operating round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, with stops at Las Palmas, Yanayacu Pucate, Yanayaquillo, Yachay, Amazon Natural Park, Palm Forest, the Samiria River, the Amazon Confluence, San Francisco, Piranha Creek & the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals.
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Day 1
WED - Arrive Iquitos, Embark Nauta & Marañón River

Arrive to Iquitos and be met at the airport then transferred in a comfortable private vehicle to Nauta. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the way. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Enjoy a VIP greeting at the private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.

Aboard Delfin II, qualified staff members introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the best amenities: orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers all framed with a spacious private terrace. Fantastic panoramic views from the third deck observation area are complemented by exotic cocktails made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. The naturalist guide outlines the journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background and other useful details to prepare you for your Amazon cruise.

Head down into the Marañon River. Spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. The naturalist guide spots various creatures. Enjoy great photo opportunities while witnessing the first Amazon Rainforest sunset.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
THU - Samiria River & Amazon Natural Park

Look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three-toed kind. The Samiria River can also be home to troops of brown capuchin monkeys mixed up with squirrel monkeys. As the sun sets, look for black and white caiman, fishing bats and noisy night monkeys; encounter a whole new world of adventure. The skiffs skim the Samiria River and its tributaries, where an abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue and yellow macaws, scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, river others, capybaras and more. The naturalists pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot.

Next, enjoy a nature walk to learn about medicinal plants. The Peruvian Amazon region is considered the largest pharmaceutical reserve in the world with 965 species of wild plants and 59 cultivated plant species that local people use to cure and to prevent many illnesses.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
FRI - Yanayacu Pucate & Nauta Caño

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. The guide will pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. Take advantage of the calm waters to fish the famous piranha and learn more about this curious fish.

Nauta Caño Creek is known for squirrel and silver back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins and even sloths! Skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colors, shapes and sizes. At nightfall, board one of the skiffs. At night, the biodiversity of the jungle totally changes. Search for alligators, bats and more nocturnal creatures that are so interesting and unique from those found during the daytime.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
SAT - Fundo Casual & Confluence

The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where the guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises! Its almost unbelievable how with every step you find something along the way. Almost definitely anaconda, rainbow boas, tarantulas, poison frogs and most recently porcupines have been spotted. This is one of the very few places in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Amazon Rainforest where you will spot the ever-so-elusive two-toed sloth.

At the Confluence, better known as the “Unión de los Ríos,” toast and witness the distinguished colors of the three rivers. It is known that the Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, forms a main stem of the Amazon River. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in an Amazon Rainforest Sunset.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SUN - Disembark Nauta, Rescue & Rehabilitation Center to Iquitos

At the port of Nauta, take a private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 59 miles’ journey by paved road. On the way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (Amazon Forever) for a chance to meet baby manatees and learn why these wonderful and docile creatures are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture by people who want to turn them into pets and from other threatening conditions. Donations to this ambitious organization and education center are encouraged. Personnel at the airport are waiting with your boarding passes to help you check in at Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; all excursions and equipment, including use of rubber boots and rain ponchos; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; coffee, tea, purified water, local soft drinks, local beer and Pisco-based cocktails; house wine with lunch and dinner.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from destination; premium wines and premium spirits, imported mineral water, imported beer, cost of medical emergencies or evacuation; insurance of any kind; gratuities; additional transportation services; any additional bar consumptions; laundry, spa services; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 151 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
150 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Delfin II Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Group transfers to/from Iquitos airport to embarkation and disembarkation points are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days and recommended LAN flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Kayaking

Each day, check with your naturalist guide about the day’s weather conditions for the use of kayaks. Water level and weather forecast permitting, you are welcome to register, at your discretion, for the kayak sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calm waters where you can paddle in a very relaxed manner in kayaks ideal for 2 passengers. The kayaking group will always be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide for the entire duration.

Paddleboarding

Because of the calm, often ripple-less waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, paddleboarding is a great activity for all ages. The coolness of the river water over your feet while you paddle past the banks searching for wildlife is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Explorations

All excursions are included with your cruise rate. For all short transport (such as from the vessel to land for hiking) and wildlife seeking excursions, travel is via skiff boats. Skiffs are quick to launch, stable to ride and ready to navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon. Each skiff seats eight passengers and comes with its own expert naturalist guide and captain and abides by all safety regulations.

Nature Walks

Due to the conditions of the wet and humid rainforest, you will be outfitted with waterproof rubber boot rentals (included) for your comfort and convenience. Before each outing, the boots will be provided for you; after each outing, they will be returned to the staff for cleaning. Rain ponchos are also provided for your use.

Fishing

In the depths of the Amazon jungle, deep inside lagoons and creeks, pursue the fierce fishes of the Peruvian Amazon while enjoying the comfort, security and style of a Delfin Amazon Cruise experience. Encounter the ubiquitous piranha, gigantic awe-inspiring Amazon catfish and other exotic sporting species. As a commitment to the environment, there is a strict policy of catch and release.

Community Visits

It is possible to create very intimate experiences with the local native community people. For example, there are many young children and families in communities who have various needs in the absence of their own resources, so any help will be very useful. Kids love t-shirts, pencils, notebooks and toys.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement (75% for Master Suites) of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children aged 11 or under at time of departure are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate. Triples are available on a rollaway bed for children ages 7-10 or under only (in certain suites); that third guest is also eligible for a 20% discount (non-cumulative).There are four suites interconnected to cater to families’ needs.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day Low-Water Itinerary

The 5-Day Low-Water Delfin II Amazon River Cruise operates round-trip from Iquitos, traveling along the Maranon River. Both 5-day (High- & Low-Water) itineraries uniquely explore the Samiria River.

Route map of Delfin II 5-Day Amazon River Cruise, operating round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, with stops at Las Palmas, Yanayacu Pucate, Yanayaquillo, Yachay, Amazon Natural Park, Palm Forest, the Samiria River, the Amazon Confluence, San Francisco, Piranha Creek & the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals.
Read More
Day 1
WED - Arrive Iquitos, Embark Nauta & Marañón River

Arrive to Iquitos and be met at the airport then transferred in a comfortable private vehicle to Nauta. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the way. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Enjoy a VIP greeting at the private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.

Aboard Delfin II, qualified staff members introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the best amenities: orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers all framed with a spacious private terrace. Fantastic panoramic views from the third deck observation area are complemented by exotic cocktails made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. The naturalist guide outlines the journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background and other useful details to prepare you for your Amazon cruise.

Head down into the Marañon River. Spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. The naturalist guide spots various creatures. Enjoy great photo opportunities while witnessing the first Amazon Rainforest sunset.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
THU - Samiria River

On this first morning, it’s recommended to get 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 early morning hours are the best time of day to watch birds, observe their special displays and listen to their songs. Jump on the skiffs and head to this area with large trees and old palm trees as well, these components favor the presence of several parrot species. This particular spot also has a great number of other birds of different species. Look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three-toed kind. At nightfall, board the skiffs. At night, the Amazon wildlife totally changes. Search for alligators, bats and more nocturnal creatures that are so interesting and unique from those seen during the daytime.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
FRI - Amazon Natural Park & Yanayacu Pucate

Take a nature walk to learn about medicinal plants. The Peruvian Amazon region is considered the largest pharmaceutical reserve in the world with 965 species of wild plants and 59 cultivated plant species that local people use to cure and to prevent many illnesses.

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. The guide will pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. To interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of the kayaks or paddleboards. Watch for the famous pink dolphins!

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
SAT - Fundo Casual & Confluence

The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where the guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises! Its almost unbelievable how with every step you find something along the way. Almost definitely anaconda, rainbow boas, tarantulas, poison frogs and most recently porcupines have been spotted. This is one of the very few places in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Amazon Rainforest where you will spot the ever-so-elusive two-toed sloth.

At the Confluence, better known as the “Unión de los Ríos,” toast and witness the distinguished colors of the three rivers. It is known that the Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, forms a main stem of the Amazon River. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in an Amazon Rainforest Sunset.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
SUN - Disembark Nauta, Rescue & Rehabilitation Center to Iquitos

At the port of Nauta, take a private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 59 miles’ journey by paved road. On the way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (Amazon Forever) for a chance to meet baby manatees and learn why these wonderful and docile creatures are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture by people who want to turn them into pets and from other threatening conditions. Donations to this ambitious organization and education center are encouraged. Personnel at the airport are waiting with your boarding passes to help you check in at Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; all excursions and equipment, including use of rubber boots and rain ponchos; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; coffee, tea, purified water, local soft drinks, local beer and Pisco-based cocktails; house wine with lunch and dinner.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from destination; premium wines and premium spirits, imported mineral water, imported beer, cost of medical emergencies or evacuation; insurance of any kind; gratuities; additional transportation services; any additional bar consumptions; laundry, spa services; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 151 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
150 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Delfin II Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Group transfers to/from Iquitos airport to embarkation and disembarkation points are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days and recommended LAN flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Kayaking

Each day, check with your naturalist guide about the day’s weather conditions for the use of kayaks. Water level and weather forecast permitting, you are welcome to register, at your discretion, for the kayak sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calm waters where you can paddle in a very relaxed manner in kayaks ideal for 2 passengers. The kayaking group will always be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide for the entire duration.

Paddleboarding

Because of the calm, often ripple-less waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, paddleboarding is a great activity for all ages. The coolness of the river water over your feet while you paddle past the banks searching for wildlife is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Explorations

All excursions are included with your cruise rate. For all short transport (such as from the vessel to land for hiking) and wildlife seeking excursions, travel is via skiff boats. Skiffs are quick to launch, stable to ride and ready to navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon. Each skiff seats eight passengers and comes with its own expert naturalist guide and captain and abides by all safety regulations.

Nature Walks

Due to the conditions of the wet and humid rainforest, you will be outfitted with waterproof rubber boot rentals (included) for your comfort and convenience. Before each outing, the boots will be provided for you; after each outing, they will be returned to the staff for cleaning. Rain ponchos are also provided for your use.

Fishing

In the depths of the Amazon jungle, deep inside lagoons and creeks, pursue the fierce fishes of the Peruvian Amazon while enjoying the comfort, security and style of a Delfin Amazon Cruise experience. Encounter the ubiquitous piranha, gigantic awe-inspiring Amazon catfish and other exotic sporting species. As a commitment to the environment, there is a strict policy of catch and release.

Community Visits

It is possible to create very intimate experiences with the local native community people. For example, there are many young children and families in communities who have various needs in the absence of their own resources, so any help will be very useful. Kids love t-shirts, pencils, notebooks and toys.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement (75% for Master Suites) of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children aged 11 or under at time of departure are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate. Triples are available on a rollaway bed for children ages 7-10 or under only (in certain suites); that third guest is also eligible for a 20% discount (non-cumulative).There are four suites interconnected to cater to families’ needs.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

4-Day High-Water Itinerary

The 4-Day High-Water Delfin II Amazon River Cruise operates round-trip from Iquitos, traveling along the Maranon River. Both High-Water itineraries (4- & 5-day) uniquely visit Nauta Cano.

Route map of Delfin II 4-Day Amazon River Cruise, operating round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, with stops at Las Palmas, Yanayacu Pucate, Yanayaquillo, Yachay, Amazon Natural Park, Piranha Creek & the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals.
Read More
Day 1
SUN - Arrive Iquitos, Embark Nauta, Pahuachiro & Nauta Cano

Arrive to Iquitos and be met at the airport then transferred in a comfortable private vehicle to Nauta. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the way. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Enjoy a VIP greeting at the private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.

Aboard Delfin II, qualified staff members introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the best amenities: orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers all framed with a spacious private terrace. Fantastic panoramic views from the third deck observation area are complemented by exotic cocktails made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. The naturalist guide outlines the journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background and other useful details to prepare you for your Amazon cruise.

Head down the Marañon River to a location known as Pahuachiro. Spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. The naturalist guide spots various creatures. Enjoy great photo opportunities while witnessing the first Amazon Rainforest sunset.

At nightfall, board one of the skiffs. At night, the biodiversity of the jungle totally changes. Search for alligators, bats and more nocturnal creatures that are so interesting and unique from those seen during the daytime.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
MON - Las Palmas, Amazon Natural Park & Nauta Caño

This morning, consider getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. The early morning hours are the best time of day to watch birds. Jump on the skiffs and head to this area with large trees and old palm trees, watching for several parrot species and a number of other birds. Look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three-toed kind.

Next, take a nature walk to learn about medicinal plants. The Peruvian Amazon region is considered the largest pharmaceutical reserve in the world with 965 species of wild plants and 59 cultivated plant species that local people use to cure and to prevent many illnesses.

Nauta Caño Creek is known for squirrel and silver back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins and even sloths! Skim the riverbanks for small caimans and spiders, as well as insects of all colors, shapes and sizes. Take advantage of the calm waters to fish the famous piranha and learn more about this curious fish.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
TUE - Fundo Casual & Confluence

The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where the guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises! Its almost unbelievable how with every step you find something along the way. Almost definitely anaconda, rainbow boas, tarantulas, poison frogs and most recently porcupines have been spotted. This is one of the very few places in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Amazon Rainforest where one can spot the ever-so-elusive two-toed sloth.

At the Confluence, better known as the “Unión de los Ríos,” toast and witness the distinguished colors of the three rivers. The Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, forms a main stem of the Amazon River. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in an Amazon Rainforest sunset.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
WED - Disembark Nauta, Rescue & Rehabilitation Center to Iquitos

At the port of Nauta, take a private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 59 miles’ journey by paved road. On the way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (Amazon Forever) for a chance to meet baby manatees and learn why these wonderful and docile creatures are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture by people who want to turn them into pets and from other threatening conditions. Donations to this ambitious organization and education center are encouraged. Personnel at the airport are waiting with your boarding passes to help you check in at Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; all excursions and equipment, including use of rubber boots and rain ponchos; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; coffee, tea, purified water, local soft drinks, local beer and Pisco-based cocktails; house wine with lunch and dinner.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from destination; premium wines and premium spirits, imported mineral water, imported beer, cost of medical emergencies or evacuation; insurance of any kind; gratuities; additional transportation services; any additional bar consumptions; laundry, spa services; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 151 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
150 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Delfin II Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Group transfers to/from Iquitos airport to embarkation and disembarkation points are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days and recommended LAN flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Kayaking

Each day, check with your naturalist guide about the day’s weather conditions for the use of kayaks. Water level and weather forecast permitting, you are welcome to register, at your discretion, for the kayak sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calm waters where you can paddle in a very relaxed manner in kayaks ideal for 2 passengers. The kayaking group will always be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide for the entire duration.

Paddleboarding

Because of the calm, often ripple-less waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, paddleboarding is a great activity for all ages. The coolness of the river water over your feet while you paddle past the banks searching for wildlife is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Explorations

All excursions are included with your cruise rate. For all short transport (such as from the vessel to land for hiking) and wildlife seeking excursions, travel is via skiff boats. Skiffs are quick to launch, stable to ride and ready to navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon. Each skiff seats eight passengers and comes with its own expert naturalist guide and captain and abides by all safety regulations.

Nature Walks

Due to the conditions of the wet and humid rainforest, you will be outfitted with waterproof rubber boot rentals (included) for your comfort and convenience. Before each outing, the boots will be provided for you; after each outing, they will be returned to the staff for cleaning. Rain ponchos are also provided for your use.

Fishing

In the depths of the Amazon jungle, deep inside lagoons and creeks, pursue the fierce fishes of the Peruvian Amazon while enjoying the comfort, security and style of a Delfin Amazon Cruise experience. Encounter the ubiquitous piranha, gigantic awe-inspiring Amazon catfish and other exotic sporting species. As a commitment to the environment, there is a strict policy of catch and release.

Community Visits

It is possible to create very intimate experiences with the local native community people. For example, there are many young children and families in communities who have various needs in the absence of their own resources, so any help will be very useful. Kids love t-shirts, pencils, notebooks and toys.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement (75% for Master Suites) of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children aged 11 or under at time of departure are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate. Triples are available on a rollaway bed for children ages 7-10 or under only (in certain suites); that third guest is also eligible for a 20% discount (non-cumulative).There are four suites interconnected to cater to families’ needs.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

4-Day Low-Water Itinerary

The 4-Day Low-Water Delfin II Amazon River Cruise operates round-trip from Iquitos, traveling along the Maranon River. The 4-day Low-Water itinerary shares parts of all other Delfin II itineraries, with no unique visits.

Route map of Delfin II 4-Day Amazon River Cruise, operating round-trip from Iquitos, Peru, with stops at Las Palmas, Yanayacu Pucate, Yanayaquillo, Yachay, Amazon Natural Park, Piranha Creek & the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals.
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Day 1
SUN - Arrive Iquitos, Embark Nauta, & Marañón River

Arrive to Iquitos and be met at the airport then transferred in a comfortable private vehicle to Nauta. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the way. Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Enjoy a VIP greeting at the private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you.

Aboard Delfin II, qualified staff members introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the best amenities: orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers all framed with a spacious private terrace. Fantastic panoramic views from the third deck observation area are complemented by exotic cocktails made with regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. The naturalist guide outlines the journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation, geographical and historical background and other useful details to prepare you for your Amazon cruise.

Head down into the Marañon River. Spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. The naturalist guide spots various creatures. Enjoy great photo opportunities while witnessing the first Amazon Rainforest sunset.

At nightfall, board one of the skiffs. At night, the biodiversity of the jungle totally changes. Search for alligators, bats and more nocturnal creatures that are so interesting and unique from those seen during the daytime.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
MON - Iquitos Caño, Amazon Natural Park & Yanayacu Pucate

This morning, consider getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. The early morning hours are the best time of day to watch birds. Jump on the skiffs and head to this area with large trees and old palm trees, watching for several parrot species and a number of other birds. Look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three-toed kind.

Next, take a nature walk to learn about medicinal plants. The Peruvian Amazon region is considered the largest pharmaceutical reserve in the world with 965 species of wild plants and 59 cultivated plant species that local people use to cure and to prevent many illnesses.

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. The guide will pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. To interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of the kayaks.Watch for the famous pink dolphins! At nightfall, board the skiffs. At night, the Amazon wildlife totally changes. Search for alligators, bats and more nocturnal creatures that are so interesting and unique from those seen during the daytime.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
TUE - Fundo Casual & Confluence

The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where the guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises! Its almost unbelievable how with every step you find something along the way. Almost definitely anaconda, rainbow boas, tarantulas, poison frogs and most recently porcupines have been spotted. This is one of the very few places in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Amazon Rainforest where one can spot the ever-so-elusive two-toed sloth.

At the Confluence, better known as the “Unión de los Ríos,” toast and witness the distinguished colors of the three rivers. The Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, forms a main stem of the Amazon River. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in an Amazon Rainforest sunset.

Accommodations

Delfin II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
WED - Disembark Nauta, Rescue & Rehabilitation Center to Iquitos

At the port of Nauta, take a private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 59 miles’ journey by paved road. On the way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (Amazon Forever) for a chance to meet baby manatees and learn why these wonderful and docile creatures are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture by people who want to turn them into pets and from other threatening conditions. Donations to this ambitious organization and education center are encouraged. Personnel at the airport are waiting with your boarding passes to help you check in at Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; all excursions and equipment, including use of rubber boots and rain ponchos; group transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos; entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; coffee, tea, purified water, local soft drinks, local beer and Pisco-based cocktails; house wine with lunch and dinner.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from destination; premium wines and premium spirits, imported mineral water, imported beer, cost of medical emergencies or evacuation; insurance of any kind; gratuities; additional transportation services; any additional bar consumptions; laundry, spa services; and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 151 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
150 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Delfin II Amazon River Cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru (IQT). Group transfers to/from Iquitos airport to embarkation and disembarkation points are included for travelers arriving and departing on scheduled arrival/departure days and recommended LAN flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Kayaking

Each day, check with your naturalist guide about the day’s weather conditions for the use of kayaks. Water level and weather forecast permitting, you are welcome to register, at your discretion, for the kayak sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calm waters where you can paddle in a very relaxed manner in kayaks ideal for 2 passengers. The kayaking group will always be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide for the entire duration.

Paddleboarding

Because of the calm, often ripple-less waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, paddleboarding is a great activity for all ages. The coolness of the river water over your feet while you paddle past the banks searching for wildlife is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Explorations

All excursions are included with your cruise rate. For all short transport (such as from the vessel to land for hiking) and wildlife seeking excursions, travel is via skiff boats. Skiffs are quick to launch, stable to ride and ready to navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon. Each skiff seats eight passengers and comes with its own expert naturalist guide and captain and abides by all safety regulations.

Nature Walks

Due to the conditions of the wet and humid rainforest, you will be outfitted with waterproof rubber boot rentals (included) for your comfort and convenience. Before each outing, the boots will be provided for you; after each outing, they will be returned to the staff for cleaning. Rain ponchos are also provided for your use.

Fishing

In the depths of the Amazon jungle, deep inside lagoons and creeks, pursue the fierce fishes of the Peruvian Amazon while enjoying the comfort, security and style of a Delfin Amazon Cruise experience. Encounter the ubiquitous piranha, gigantic awe-inspiring Amazon catfish and other exotic sporting species. As a commitment to the environment, there is a strict policy of catch and release.

Community Visits

It is possible to create very intimate experiences with the local native community people. For example, there are many young children and families in communities who have various needs in the absence of their own resources, so any help will be very useful. Kids love t-shirts, pencils, notebooks and toys.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement (75% for Master Suites) of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children aged 11 or under at time of departure are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate. Triples are available on a rollaway bed for children ages 7-10 or under only (in certain suites); that third guest is also eligible for a 20% discount (non-cumulative).There are four suites interconnected to cater to families’ needs.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, season, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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The 28-guest Delfin II is one of the most innovative and sustainable ships in the Amazon; it is the first to host a full fleet of kayaks. Luxury and authenticity combine perfectly on this river vessel, which brings influence and cultural awareness throughout the Peruvian Amazon.

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