Upper Amazon Aboard Delfin II
Travel deep into the jungle with National Geographic-level experts on a stunning river cruiser with Relais & Châteaux fine dining.
The Amazon: Drink It In
Welcome Aboard the
Venture to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rainforest aboard the elegant riverboat Delfin II. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff or a kayak spotting diverse birds as well as caimans, tamarins, and sloths. Skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, and witness glorious sunsets on the still waters of the Amazon River basin. Interact with the local ribereños, people who continue to live close to their traditions in remote jungle villages.
- • See elusive, iconic Amazon wildlife like pink river dolphins, monk saki monkeys, piranhas, and scarlet macaws.
• Meet the welcoming ribereños, natives of the reserve, and learn about their ways of life along the river.
• Travel with one of the region's most seasoned operators who will offer you an experience of the Amazon right out of National Geographic.
Travel Curator’s Insights:
From $7,930 per person
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Departs year-round except in October. Ask us for your preferred date range.
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Trip Sustainability Awards
Sources all food and seafood sustainably and locally
100% free of single-use plastics!
Offsets 100% of operations and is carbon neutral
Day 1: U.S. / Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
Day 2: Lima / Iquitos / Nauta / Embark
After breakfast, fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky. All meals on the ship included.
Days 3-8: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Spend this week exploring the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than five million acres and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna.
The reserve is bordered by the Maranon and the Ucayali, two powerful rivers that converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water.
Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rainforest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.
Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats, and other creatures of the night. One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the Upper Amazon of Peru is the interaction we have with the local ribereños, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks. Visit one of the local communities and see the projects that we support through a local nonprofit, including a variety of handicrafts, women’s health initiatives, and sustainable farming.
Day 9: Nauta / Disembark / Iquitos / Lima
Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the drive to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, where we visit Museo Larco and celebrate with a farewell dinner. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. All meals included.
Day 10: Lima / U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight home.
Air Notes: International and internal Peru tickets must be issued separately for all Amazon voyages. Please confirm your arrival and departure dates prior to booking flights.
Photo Expeditions: Ask us about departures of Upper Amazon Aboard Delfin II that are specially-designated "Photography Expeditions." National Geographic photographers and a roster of certified photo instructors will guide you on photo-specific outings and provide help with gear, composition, light, and more.
Children: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
As much of the river as on it and locally built, Delfin II’s iron exterior is clad in tropical hardwoods and her interior gleams with wood floors and lacquered palm ceilings. Wood stairs float between decks and lazily turning ceiling fans add the right tropical notes, while the air-conditioning invisibly cools and dehumidifies.
The lounge, center of our life as an expedition community, features a welcoming open bar and inviting seating. The dining room is decorated with locally crafted lanterns that hang over an impressive central buffet table, which was carved from a massive tree root found floating in the river and installed before the ship’s windows were—three walls of windows keep us connected to the nonstop panorama outside. In fact, the prestigious Relais & Châteaux recently inducted the ship into its hotel group, recognizing its commitment to local nature and culture and its exquisite Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine.
The cabins are airy and supremely comfortable—the perfect place to end to active days. Slip into a bed that is well-appointed with crisp cotton linens and drift off as you gaze out at the starry night through the generous, river-framing window wall. Delfin II, our base for daily explorations to which we happily return, has a distinct advantage over any land-based camp—she moves, giving you an ever-varied experience of the Amazon’s multiple landscapes and wonders.
Capacity: 28 Guests
Specialists: Highly-credentialed, National Geographic-level Guides, National Geographic Photo Coach, Medic, Expert Crew
2021 Condé Nast Traveler - #1 Small Ship Cruise Line
2021 Recommend Magazine's Best Expedition Cruise Lines
2019 Travel + Leisure - Best Small Ship Ocean Cruise Line
"The Delfin II is one of the most lovely ships traveling the Amazon today. With Relais & Chateaux fine dining, large picture windows to view the scenery, and stunning decor, she offers one of the most stylish experiences on the Amazon river. Add to that this operator's National Geographic-level guiding and fantastic sustainability record, and you're looking at an outstanding, low-impact experience."
Life On Board
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If you like a lot of fascinating information along with your Amazon adventure, select this ship for the National Geographic experience which includes in-depth information about what you're seeing.
Joy Martinello, Founder
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