The Amazon River Cruise will take you to places where few have gone before. In fact, you will be part of a select group of seasoned world travelers who visit the remote Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, five million acres of protected, flooded forest, roughly the size of a small Central American country. A secret world of obscure tropical flora and fauna awaits you.
5 days / 4 night's program
05:00 pm. Arrive at Iquitos
Upon arrival at Iquitos International Airport, our guides will be there to assist you. After collecting your luggage a bus transports you to Nauta (the oldest city in the department of Loreto) situated about 1 ½ northwest of Iquitos. Here, on the Marañon River, the DELFIN is waiting for you.
07:30 pm. Arrive Nauta and board the DELFIN
Our experienced crew is ready to welcome you on board. They will help you settle into your wood-paneled cabin, equipped with comfortable twin-beds fitted with orthopedic mattresses, natural cotton sheets and towels, silent A/C units and private bathrooms with fine wooden furnishings, hot showers and a variety of environmentally friendly amenities for your enjoyment.
08:30 pm. Dinner
Dinner is served in our cozy dining room located at the back of the ship's second deck. Thanks to its cultural diversity, Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world's finest, adding to the country's numerous other attractions as a distinctive travel destination. We pride ourselves in providing not only one of the most exciting rainforest adventures but also offering the best culinary experience in the Amazon Basin, offering the best of Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine in a cosmopolitan gourmet setting. Our chef will be delighted to present you with dishes of 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
After dinner our guides will present you with a brief orientation on the top observation deck. With the help of charts and short videos displayed on our flat LCD screen they will outline details of your journey ahead, and introduce you to the places you will visit, the wildlife you will see, as well as giving you a summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin. Finally, under the velvet cloak of an Amazonian night, sprinkled with hundreds of stars or perhaps a full moon, our multitalented staff will briefly entertain you with a little live music.
06:00 am. Breakfast - Buffet
Dawn and dusk are ideal times for nature observation, and an early rise is therefore highly recommended. On your first morning, coffee will wake us up, and pancakes will be a delicious choice for this new morning of adventure and new surprises.
Rainy Season (Dec - May) - Belluda Stream exploration.
Aboard the skiffs, we will explore this black water stream and start learning about the rainforest. You are now in Pacaya Samiria national reserve, where you will have the chance to see some amazing wildlife. From the skiff you can easily spot parrots, macaws and monkeys, such as the monk Saki monkey with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle back tamarin monkey, whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds. It is also a good spot to see the beautiful morpho butterfly that flaps lazily along open corridors through forest or along river edges of lowland forest on sunny days. Different species of hawks will also be found and if we are lucky we'll see the noisy "laughing falcon," named after its loud falsetto call while sitting solitary in secondary forest and plantations.
Dry Season (Jun - Nov) Hiking at Belluda Canñno
During the dry season, you can visit and explore two different kinds of ecosystems: flooded forest and terra firme forest. After disembarking at this native village we'll start our morning hike. This walk affords excellent opportunities for spotting transitional species such as the snail kite, black tailed ant bird, manikins, tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, nun birds, orioles, blackbirds, etc. You'll also see tall trees filled with epiphytes, woody vines and many varieties of palm trees. After an hour we'll reach a lovely lagoon where two dugout canoes await us in the midst of one of the most remote, least visited areas in the world. This lagoon is filled with endangered and unique fresh water fish, such as the paiche, the largest in the Amazon basin, which can weigh more than 80kg. (170 lb). The paiche is considered a delicacy and you can often hear them when they rise to the surface. We hope to spot the peculiar crested hoatzin bird with its olive-colored plumage. Hoatzins live in small family groups along forested swamps and oxbow lakes. We will then hike back to the skiffs, where icy towels will refresh us. We will continue to explore the surrounding wildlife. We will have a good chance of finding the smallest monkey in the world, the pygmy marmoset, seen only at its sap-sucking sites low on tree trunks.
11:00 am. Back to the boat
We will continue upstream towards our next destination.
12:30 pm. Lunch
After emerging from the depths of the forest, you'll be treated to a world-class gourmet meal. Our young and innovative chef will surprise your sophisticated palates, while introducing you to the pleasures of Peru's haute cuisine. Our gourmet menu has been designed especially to please you. The menu features glorious fresh fish and other local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair and our personal touch.
03:30 pm. El Dorado River exploration
We will head for this spectacular spot within the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the skiffs. An unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins awaits you. Enjoy a unique opportunity to swim among the dolphins. On the river you will experience abundant wildlife and nature in all its exuberance while we search for the Amazon River's transitional forest specialties such as snail kites, festive parrots, endangered scarlet macaws, olive spotted hummingbirds, Amazonian parrotlets, and wood creepers, among others. Prehistoric looking iguanas laze in the sun as we travel along the shoreline ready for whatever surprise the jungle has to offer us. Squirrel Monkeys are very active at this time of the day, when they move in large noisy troops at mid- to upper-levels of primary and secondary lowland forest.
06:30 pm. Back to the boat
We will continue sailing towards our next destination
08:00 pm. Dinner
The service continues. Desserts are also a wonderful treat on our menu.
09:30 pm. Relaxation on board
Our staff and guides will be there to answer any question about what we have already seen and visited. While feeling the warm breeze of the Amazon night, our third deck is a great place to relax before you fall asleep to the musical sounds of the jungle.
(BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER)
07:00 am. Breakfast - Buffet Fresh ground coffee grown in the highlands of the Amazon and local fruits await you in the dining room.
08:00 am. Atun Poza expedition
Rainy Season (Dec - May): Atun Poza by skiff:
This morning we will cruise in our skiffs across Atun Poza lake, where we will be able to observe several species of egrets, herons, hawks, long-legged neotropical cormorants as they fish for their dinner. We might also come across unusual and loud horned screamers. We will be able to explore other black water lagoons linked to this huge lake, where wattled jacanas feast on a wide variety of spiders, grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, beetles, etc. living along the grassy edges and lily pads of freshwater swamps and marshes. We will have an excellent opportunity of seeing social spiders and how their webs embrace huge parts of a tree.
Dry Season (Jun - Nov): Hiking at Atun Poza:
Today we will hike through this pristine and unique ecosystem, passing through a classic tropical rainforest with emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55 mt 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. If we're lucky, we'll also see giant otters with their large bodies, dark fur with spotted throat and noisy calls. They nest in a small stream inside this forest and we must be very quiet, because if they hear us they will swim away. 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 to the vessel
We will continue up the Puinahua River towards the Pacaya River, our destination at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, for further exploration of the largest wetland reserve in the world.
12:30 pm. Lunch
More delicious combinations are in store for you today. Our chef has selected the best ingredients, preparing a unique meal, so just relax and enjoy and let our staff pampered you.
04:00 pm. Pacaya River expedition
We 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 3,000mm, 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 one of the most beautiful places you'll ever visit. Aboard our comfortable skiffs, we will enjoy magnificent views and watch the wildlife all around us in this spectacular rainforest wilderness, as we search for different species of monkeys. Perhaps we even come across small family groups of red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin, with their bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail.
At sunset, you will be astonished by the beautiful colors of the sky and the reflection of the jungle in the black water of the Pacaya River, which is why it has been called the forest of reflections: it's hard to know where the jungle begins and the water ends. Once it is dark, you'll hear the second installment of the jungle symphony. Equipped with powerful spot lights, we'll start our night safari in search of night herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, up to a dozen species of croaking from the river's edge, and fish bats flying over the water scooping up fish. Spectacled and black caimans are found in these pristine waters, and our guides will point them out to you. Stargazing at this time is unique while fireflies light up the jungle around us.
07:30 pm. Back to the boat
08:30 pm. Dinner
After our night safari, we will calm your appetite with wonderful dishes, so let the heart of the jungle captivate yours. Our first class service continues while you enjoy the wonders of your surroundings.
(BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER)
07:00 am. Wake up call
This morning we will start very early and breakfast will be ready for you, in order to see as much wildlife as possible, in one of earth´s greatest wilderness environments.
08:00 am. Fishing at Caro Curahuayte Lake or Exploring the Shores of emergent Islands
Rainy Season - Fishing at Caro Curahuayte
On board our excursion skiffs, we will head for a beautiful lake to a spectacular spot, where we expect to catch some fish, mainly piranhas. During the rainy season, the forest is flooded and many trees flower and bear fruit in conjunction with the flooding. Many fish, including piranhas, swim among the flooded tree trunks devouring the fruit or chewing at their skins. Obviously, the piranhas' reputation as super-carnivores is an exaggeration! There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, including black, white and red bellied.
Dry Season - In search of shore-birds
On board the skiffs we will search for shore-birds. When the river is very low, broad white sandy beaches emerge and river islands form, creating a special ecosystem that hosts sandpipers, terns that hover and dive to catch fish, black skimmers with their peculiar low flight over the water's surface, egrets, jabirus, wood storks, and kingfishers.
11:30 am. Back to the Boat
We will start navigating back down the Puinahua River towards Iquitos.
12:30 pm. Lunch
By now, you'll know the routine; our kitchen staff welcomes you again and surprises you with a very sophisticated meal and a well balanced menu. There's also time for dessert. Coffee will be served at the bar on the Observation deck.
03:30 pm. Visit the Yanallpa Community
This afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit a riverside community. This will be your first interaction with local villagers and presents a great opportunity to get a glimpse of their unique way of life. This is time to bring along any presents you may have and would like to give out to the people and children, (paper, books, pencils, colors, T-shirts). They will really appreciate them and will be very pleased. You will learn about indigenous fruit trees and how they harvest them.
05:30 pm. Back to the vessel
We will continue down the Puinahua River towards the Ucayali River.
06:30 pm. Briefing and Slide Show
At this time our guides will review all that we have seen and learned, using videos and a slide show on our flat-screen TV. This will give you the opportunity to see up close the birds, monkeys, reptiles, etc. We will sail all night long as the Delfin continues its smooth journey downstream. Our barman is ready to offer you a wide choice of drinks. Coffee and tea are always available.
08:00 pm. Farewell Dinner
Leaving behind the wildlife, you will continue enjoying our service, as a world class traveler deserves. Tonight our chef and kitchen staff will treat you to a grilled dinner, including fresh salads, grilled vegetables, deicious sauces, and wonderful combinations of different types of meat. Our talented staff will delight you with some live music before you retire.
(BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER)
07:30 am: Breakfast - Buffet This will be your last breakfast with us, so dare to try all the things you resisted: natural, fresh fruit juices, fresh fruit, cereals, fresh ground coffee.
08:00 am. Yarapa River Exploration and Puerto Miguel Village Visit On board our skiffs we will stop at the village of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers. You will have the opportunity to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. You may also visit the home of one of the villagers and gain an insight into their daily life and purchase some of the handicrafts they make.
10:30 am. Back to the vessel
We will continue sailing down the Amazon River. This is also the time to gather all of your things and pack your bags.
12:30 pm. Lunch
For the last time on this journey you'll enjoy the diversity of our culinary offerings.
13:30 pm. Disembark at Nauta
We will disembark at our port in Nauta, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Iquitos.
04:30 pm. Arrive at Iquitos Airport
Our personnel will help you check in, and say goodbye.
05:30 pm. Flight departs for Lima
(BREAKFAST - LUNCH)
4 day/3 nights adventures are also available.
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|Program||Deluxe Master Suites||Master Suites||Master Suites||Suites|
|5d/4n (based on double occupancy)||US$4400||US$4200||US$3750||US$3550|
|4d/3n (based on double occupancy)||US$4000||US$3800||US$3350||US$3150|
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