Embark on an unparalleled adventure through the Amazon rainforest aboard the luxurious Delfin III riverboat, where every detail reflects a commitment to both opulence and environmental harmony. Designed specifically for navigating the mighty Amazon River, this 169-foot vessel offers a level of comfort and style unmatched in the region. Indulge in lavish amenities such as an indoor and outdoor lounge, plunge pool, spa, and gourmet dining, all while immersing yourself in the heart of the jungle. Expertly guided excursions lead you deep into the rainforest, where you'll encounter exotic wildlife and native communities. Retreat to your spacious suite, meticulously appointed with every modern convenience, and enjoy nightly entertainment and culinary delights crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Let the rhythms of the jungle and the unparalleled service of the Delfin III rejuvenate your spirit and leave you with memories to last a lifetime

Highlights

The Peruvian Amazon, the Amazon River, Iquitos city, skiff river expeditions, Amazonian safaris, kayaking, rainforest canopy suspension bridge walk, birdwatching & sloth expedition, shaman ceremony, piranha fishing, the mammal rescue center

Detailed Itineraries

gallery 0 922 peru delfin iii riverboat amazon 1200x600 1

Flight from Lima – Arrival in the Amazonian City of Iquitos – Drive to Nauta Port – Embarkation – Happy Hour & Orientation – Fundo Casual Trek

AM: 9:30 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – For travelers who are already in Lima on a Surtrek tour, Surtrek representatives will assist you with your luggage and with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon. (For travelers just arriving in Peru, you will be able to make your connecting flight to Iquitos within the same Lima international airport). 11:30 am: Arrival in Iquitos – Upon landing at the Iquitos airport, uniformed Delfin Amazon Cruises guides and land staff will be there to welcome you in the luggage claim area.

PM: 12:30 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Embarkation Port – At the Iquitos airport, Delfin staff members will assist you with your belongings and then transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to the embarkation port in the town of Nauta, an hour-and-a-half away. This drive through the scenic Peruvian countryside will give you your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. 1:00 pm: Lunch – En route to the port in Nauta, you will be served a delicious box lunch consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee and fresh juice. 2:00 pm: Arrival in Nauta / VIP Reception – Once we reach Nauta, you’ll be treated to a VIP greeting at Delfin Amazon Cruises’ private port. This dock is situated on the shore of the Marañon River, where the Delfin vessel will be awaiting you to begin your Amazon cruise experience. 3:00 pm: Embarkation – After boarding the Delfin, crew members will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for an experienced traveler such as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with Spanish-style hot-water showers are all complemented with a spacious private terrace, which we are sure you’ll enjoy to the fullest. 4:00 pm: Happy Hour & Orientation – While the Delfin begins to weigh anchor, you can take in fantastic panoramic views from the ship’s elegantly outfitted observation area located on the Delfin’s third, deck. At this time, the barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail: Pisco sour – a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available. As you relax with a cold drink, your naturalist guide will conduct a brief orientation, outlining details about the voyage journey ahead. This will include the places you will visit and the wildlife you’ll see, as well as a basic summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin. 5:00 pm: Fundo Casual Walking Trail – On this first afternoon, we will disembark to experience one of the most important footpaths in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: The Fundo Casual jungle trail. The walk along this path 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 out for surprises! It’s almost unbelievable how you can find something with every step along the way, whether an anaconda, a Rainbow boa, tarantulas, or brilliantly colored poison frogs; most recently, porcupines have even been spotted. This is also one of the very few places in the Amazonian reserve where you can spot the ever-elusive 2-toed sloth. 7:00 pm: Welcome Dinner – Toast the beginning of a beautiful journey with a sip fine South American wine. Then, sit down to enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by the Delfin’s Executive Chef Raul Rodriguez. Tonight’s welcome dinner will combine incredibly fresh and exotic ingredients with refined cooking techniques and unparalleled creativity in dishes made to enchant the senses. Having the Relais & Châteaux’s seal of approval to Delfin’s culinary experience speaks a world about the journey for the senses you’re about to experience. 8:30 pm: Turning in for the Night – At the end of an already full day, perhaps you’ll want to sip a Pisco sour nightcap before retiring. The perfect spot for this is the Delfin’s Upper Deck, where you’ll hear a symphony of unimaginable sounds that cannot be heard before the sun goes down …just be sure not to stay up too late – you’ll need a good night’s sleep for the activities tomorrow.

AM: 6:00 am: Las Palmas Birdwatching & Sloth Expedition – Never does nature seem more bountiful than in the tropics, and the early morning hours are the best time of day to watch birds, observe their special displays and listen to their songs. 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. We will jump on the skiffs and head to the Las Palmas area, where you’ll find large, age-old palm trees that are home to several species of parrots. This particular spot also has a great number of other bird species. We will look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a three-toed sloth or two. 7:00 am: Buffet Breakfast – Returning from your first sunrise in the Amazon, sit down to a sumptuous buffet breakfast featuring a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:30 am: Yanayacu Pucate Skiff Exploration, Paddle Boarding & Swimming with Dolphins – Head out to explore the different creeks and lagoons flowing into the Yanayacu and Pucate rivers. Your guide will use their expert eyes to pinpoint the various hard-to-spot species in this mega-diverse region. Alternatively, sweep along the waters in one of the Delfin’s kayaks or on a stand-up paddleboard to truly absorb the beauty of the Amazonian waters. You’ll even have a chance to swim in the jungle river along with the famous Pink river dolphins. 11:00 am: Return to the Ship / Onboard Activities – Cold towels await you back on board the Delfin Amazon riverboat. Take this free time to enjoy the ship’s amenities, which include a panoramic exercise room and the observation deck’s outdoor lounge, bar and entertainment center. As an alternative, just slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin.

PM: 12:30 pm: Lunch – For your mid-day meal, master chef Raul Rodriguez, his diligent assistants, and the Delfin’s experienced pastry and menu creation team will have worked hand in hand to ensure that your gastronomic journey is every bit as exciting as what you have seen in the Amazon this morning. This culinary adventure might just introduce you to local favorites like the spicy Aji charapita sauce, refreshing rosy pink “Camu-camu” juice or freshly caught river fish. 2:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax. 3:00 pm: Yanayaquillo Skiff Expedition – This afternoon, you can cruise on the skiff to tributaries of the Yanayaquillo River, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. As this is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, your guide will use their expert eyes to pinpoint the wildlife of this biodiverse region. This area is also a popular dolphin feeding spot, so – with luck – you might even sight one or two of these playful creatures. We’ll also go fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas. While casting your line out to hook one of these predators, the Delfin’s naturalist guides will share stories with you about Yanayaquillo and its legends. 5:30 pm: Return to the Ship / Free Time – Making our way back to the Delfin, you’ll have time to shower, rest up and relax before dinner. 7:00 pm: Dinner – Like all nights, dinner will be simply world class. You will be able to enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious Peruvian fare (with a bit of continental influence), whether served in the dining room or al fresco on deck. Promising to be a culinary feast for the senses, this evening’s dinner will be paired with select South American wines or perhaps a freshly pressed juice. 8:30 pm: Yachay Shaman Ceremony – The village of Yachay is barely a dot on the map, receiving few outside visitors. Even fewer come here to seek out the local Shaman, Carola. Nonetheless, she is known far and wide in the rainforest, though she leads a normal village life with her wood carver husband. What’s different is that Carola serves as a spiritual caretaker and healer to literally hundreds of jungle dwellers spread over many roadless miles. Her prestige and position are beyond reproach. The role of shaman is often misunderstood in the west, associated with black magic and spells. While these things all have their place, the actual practitioners are as varied as in any profession. Carola is known as a “white” shaman, a healer and spiritual guide.

AM: 7:00 am: Yanayaquillo Skiff Expedition – Still on the Yanayaquillo River, you can again cruise on the skiff through this river’s different creeks and lagoons. Once again, your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint the wildlife of this biodiverse region. As this area is a popular dolphin feeding spot, this will present yet another chance for you to sight one or two of these playful creatures. Mooring the skiff in a shaded part of the river, you can dig into a breakfast feast of fresh fruit, jars of avocado with soft-boiled egg, pancakes with fruit syrup, and ham & cheese sandwiches – plus hot coffee, of course. 9:30 am: Piranha Fishing – We’ll also do some more fishing for Amazonia’s notoriously ferocious piranhas, especially in case that big one got away. While casting your line out to hook one of these predators, the Delfin’s naturalist guides will share stories with you about the wildlife of Yanayaquillo. 11:30 am: Return to the Delfin / On Board Activities

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – From the Delfin lunch buffet, choose from at least a half-dozen options; perhaps an Asian-inspired lunch featuring spring rolls with shrimp, or maybe a dorado fish grilled with peppers and onions. Or what about a Peruvian dish that includes ceviche, fried yucca, stewed beans and corn tamales? 2:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax. 3:00 pm: Confluence of Three Rivers – At what’s known as the “Union de los Ríos,” we will make a toast and witness the distinguished colors of three rivers coming together. Will see where the Ucayali River merges with the Marañón River upriver from Iquitos to form the main tributary of the Amazon River. This will be a great photo opportunity as you also witness the Amazon sunset. 5:30 pm: Return to the Delfin / Free Time – Back on board the Delphin, you’ll have time to wash up and relax a bit. 7:30 pm: Farewell Dinner – The Delfin will mark your last evening on board the ship by pampering you with Peru’s famed “fusion food,” one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. This gentle blend of immigrant traditions of Peru is truly a comprehensive gastronomic, cultural, and historic adventure. Alternatively, select one of the carefully preparing contemporary international dishes that use the wild choices of fresh ingredients that the Amazon region has in store. In either case, the Delfin will offer exceptional service for your ultimate farewell indulgence.

AM: 6:30 am: Buffet Breakfast & Packing – For your final breakfast on board the Delfin, join everyone in the main dining room and order up some eggs any way you like them… even benedict- or omelet-style with your choice of filling. In addition to Peruvian specialties, international breakfast standards like pancakes and French toast will be in the buffet. Following breakfast, you’ll have time to pack your luggage and take a good last look at the Amazon from the Delfin’s observation deck. 8:00 am: Disembarkation and Ride Back to Iquitos – The crew will bid you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the Delfin’s ground crew will be waiting to load your luggage and take you by a private air-conditioned vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 55 miles (95 km) away by paved road. 9:30 am: The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) – On our way back to the Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA). Here, you will have the chance to see baby manatees and learn about these wonderful creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture with the intention of turning them into pets and other threatening conditions. 10:30 am: Reaching the Airport & Departure – Reaching the Iquitos Airport, Delfin staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage, get you your boarding pass, and help you check in. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru, where you will be met by Surtrek representatives if you plan on continuing your tour in Peru (otherwise you will be able to easily catch your connecting flight home or onward). At the Iquitos airport’s security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will say goodbye. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and your Amazon travel experience.

PM:

Prices

Corner Suite

USD$ 3200

Owners Suite

USD$ 3900

Suite

USD$ 2800

Upper Suite

USD$ 2900

Included in the price

  • All meals while on board (arrival day: box lunch & dinner; cruise days: all meals; departure day: breakfast)
  • All excursions & use of equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (Lima-Iquitos: 10:00 a.m.; Iquitos-Lima: 1 p.m.)
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Selected Beverages: Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, Pisco cocktails & Pisco sours, house wines with lunch and dinner.

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: USD $120)
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumption
  • Minibar consumption

gallery 3 922 peru delfin iii riverboat excursion amazon 1200x600 1

Flight from Lima – Arrival in the Amazonian City of Iquitos – Drive to Nauta Port – Embarkation – Happy Hour & Orientation – Marañon River Exploring

AM: 9:30 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – For travelers who are already in Lima on a Surtrek tour, Surtrek representatives will assist you with your luggage and with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon. (For travelers just arriving in Peru, you will be able to make your connecting flight to Iquitos within the same Lima international airport). 11:30 am: Arrival in Iquitos – Upon landing at the Iquitos airport, uniformed Delfin Amazon Cruises guides and land staff will be there to welcome you in the luggage claim area.

PM: 12:30 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Embarkation Port – At the Iquitos airport, Delfin staff members will assist you with your belongings and then transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to the embarkation port in the town of Nauta, an hour-and-a-half away. This drive through the scenic Peruvian countryside will give you your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. 1:00 pm: Lunch – En route to the port in Nauta, you will be served a delicious box lunch consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee and fresh juice. 2:00 pm: Arrival in Nauta / VIP Reception – Once we reach Nauta, you’ll be treated to a VIP greeting at Delfin Amazon Cruises’ private port. This dock is situated on the shore of the Marañon River, where the Delfin vessel will be awaiting you to begin your Amazon cruise experience. 3:00 pm: Embarkation – After boarding the Delfin, crew members will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for an experienced traveler such as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with Spanish-style hot-water showers are all complemented with a spacious private terrace, which we are sure you’ll enjoy to the fullest. 4:00 pm: Happy Hour & Orientation: While the Delfin begins to weigh anchor, you can take in fantastic panoramic views from the ship’s elegantly outfitted observation area located on the Delfin’s third, deck. At this time, the barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail: Pisco sour – a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available. As you relax with a cold drink, your naturalist guide will conduct a brief orientation, outlining details about the voyage journey ahead. This will include the places you will visit and the wildlife you’ll see, as well as a basic summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin. 5:00 pm: Marañon River Exploring – On this first excursion on board a skiff, you will visit one of the first places where we’ll find sloths and iguanas. For birdwatchers, we can easily find the famous and elegant heron. This presents a perfect opportunity to photograph your first sunset in the Amazon. 7:00 pm: Welcome Dinner – Toast the beginning of a beautiful journey with a sip fine South American wine. Then, sit down to enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by the Delfin’s Executive Chef Raul Rodriguez. Tonight’s welcome dinner will combine incredibly fresh and exotic ingredients with refined cooking techniques and unparalleled creativity in dishes made to enchant the senses. Having the Relais & Châteaux’s seal of approval to Delfin’s culinary experience speaks a world about the journey for the senses you’re about to experience. 8:30 pm: Evening Free Time / Turning in for the Night – 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, the multi-talented staff will entertain you with a little live music, while you enjoy an after dinner drink and the tropical Amazonian breeze …just be sure not to stay up too late – you’ll need a good night’s sleep for the activities tomorrow.

AM: 7:00 am: Buffet Breakfast – Wake up early to watch the sunrise for the first time on the Amazon River. Get your first, dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures and then sit down to a sumptuous buffet breakfast; this will feature a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:30 pm: Fundo Casual Walking Trail – 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. On this first morning, we will disembark to experience one of the most important activities in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: trekking the Fundo Casual jungle trail. The walk along this path will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firma (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and lush vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye out for surprises! It’s almost unbelievable how you can find something with every step along the way, whether an anaconda, a Rainbow boa, tarantulas, or brilliantly colored poison frogs; most recently, porcupines have even been spotted. This is also one of the very few places in the Amazonian reserve where you can spot the ever-elusive 2-toed sloth. 11:00 am: Return to the Ship / Onboard Activities – Cold towels await you back on board the Delfin Amazon riverboat. Take this free time to enjoy the ship’s amenities, which include a panoramic exercise room and the observation deck’s outdoor lounge, bar and entertainment center. As an alternative, just slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin.

PM: 12:30 pm: Lunch – For your mid-day meal, master chef Raul Rodriguez, his diligent assistants, and the Delfin’s experienced pastry and menu creation team will have worked hand in hand to ensure that your gastronomic journey is every bit as exciting as what you have seen in the Amazon this morning. This culinary adventure might just introduce you to local favorites like the spicy Aji charapita sauce, refreshing rosy pink “Camu-camu” juice or freshly caught river fish. 2:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax. 3:00 pm: Yanayacu Pucate Skiff Exploration – Paddle Boarding & Swimming with Dolphins – Head out to explore the different creeks and lagoons flowing into the Yanayacu and Pucate rivers. Your guide will use their expert eyes to pinpoint the various hard-to-spot species in this mega-diverse region. Alternatively, sweep along the waters in one of the Delfin’s kayaks or on a stand-up paddleboard to truly absorb the beauty of the Amazonian waters. You’ll even have a chance to swim in the jungle river along with the famous Pink river dolphins! 5:30 pm: Return to the Ship / Free Time – Making our way back to the Delfin, you’ll have time to shower, rest up and relax before dinner. 7:00 pm: Dinner – Like all nights, dinner will be simply world class. You will be able to enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious Peruvian fare (with a bit of continental influence), whether served in the dining room or al fresco on deck. Promising to be a culinary feast for the senses, this evening’s dinner will be paired with select South American wines or perhaps a freshly pressed juice. 8:30 pm: Yachay Shaman Ceremony: The village of Yachay is barely a dot on the map, receiving few outside visitors. Even fewer come here to seek out the local Shaman, Carola. Nonetheless, she is known far and wide in the rainforest, though she leads a normal village life with her wood carver husband. What’s different is that Carola serves as a spiritual caretaker and healer to literally hundreds of jungle dwellers spread over many roadless miles. Her prestige and position are beyond reproach. The role of shaman is often misunderstood in the west, associated with black magic and spells. While these things all have their place, the actual practitioners are as varied as in any profession. Carola is known as a “White” shaman, a healer and spiritual guide.

AM: 7:00 am: Amazon Park Canopy Walkway & La Posada Picnic: Heading out early, 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. While in the rainforest, we will take time for an early morning picnic breakfast, accompanied by a symphony real-life jungle sounds. You will also experience the terra firma forest and you will be able to see the differences between your previous hike and this one. 11:00 am: Return to the Ship / Onboard Activities – Returning to the Delfin Amazon riverboat, you can take this time to enjoy the ship’s amenities, which include a panoramic exercise room and the observation deck’s outdoor lounge, bar and entertainment center – or perhaps you’ll just want to slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – From the Delfin lunch buffet, choose from at least a half-dozen options; perhaps an Asian-inspired lunch featuring spring rolls with shrimp, or maybe a dorado fish grilled with peppers and onions. Or what about a Peruvian dish that includes ceviche, fried yucca, stewed beans and corn tamales? 2:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax. 3:00 pm: Puerto Prado Village Visit – On your visit to this remote indigenous community, you will be welcomed by smiling faces and friendly people. While visiting the village, someone might show you how cassava is peeled and grated, while another may invite you in for a look at the tools they use to process locally grown rice. A day in the life of a local ribereño is eye-opening in that it demonstrates how far we have come technologically in this day and age, while also revealing how balanced and rewarding life is for others. 5:30 pm: Return to the Ship / Free Time – Making our way back to the Delfin, you’ll have time to shower, rest up and relax before dinner. 6:30 pm: Confluence of Three Rivers: At what’s known as the “Union de los Ríos,” we will make a toast and witness the distinguished colors of three rivers coming together. Will see where the Ucayali River merges with the Marañón River upriver from Iquitos to form the main tributary of the Amazon River. This will be a great photo opportunity as you also witness the Amazon sunset. 7:30 pm: Farewell Dinner – The Delfin will mark your last evening on board the ship by pampering you with Peru’s famed “fusion food,” one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. This gentle blend of immigrant traditions of Peru is truly a comprehensive gastronomic, cultural, and historic adventure. Alternatively, select one of the carefully preparing contemporary international dishes that use the wild choices of fresh ingredients that the Amazon region has in store. In either case, the Delfin will offer exceptional service for your ultimate farewell indulgence.

AM: 6:30 am: Buffet Breakfast & Packing – For your final breakfast on board the Delfin, join everyone in the main dining room and order up some eggs any way you like them… even benedict- or omelet-style with your choice of filling. In addition to Peruvian specialties, international breakfast standards like pancakes and French toast will be in the buffet. Following breakfast, you’ll have time to pack your luggage and take a good last look at the Amazon from the Delfin’s observation deck. 8:00 am: Disembarkation & Ride Back to Iquitos – The crew will bid you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the Delfin’s ground crew will be waiting to load your luggage and take you by a private air-conditioned vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 55 miles (95 km) away by paved road. 9:30 am: The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA): On our way back to the Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA). Here, you will have the chance to see baby manatees and learn about these wonderful creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture with the intention of turning them into pets and other threatening conditions. 10:30 am: Reaching the Airport & Departure: Reaching the Iquitos Airport, Delfin staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage, give you your boarding passes, and help you check in. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru, where you will be met by Surtrek representatives if you plan on continuing your tour in Peru (otherwise you will be able to easily catch your connecting flight home or onward). At the Iquitos airport’s security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will undoubtedly wish you a fond farewell. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and have had an amazing Amazon travel experience.

PM:

Prices

Corner Suite

USD$ 3200

Owners Suite

USD$ 3900

Suite

USD$ 2800

Upper Suite

USD$ 2900

Included in the price

  • All meals while on board (arrival day: box lunch & dinner; cruise days: all meals; departure day: breakfast)
  • All excursions & use of equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (Lima-Iquitos: 10:00 a.m.; Iquitos-Lima: 1 p.m.)
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Selected Beverages: Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, Pisco cocktails & Pisco sours, house wines with lunch and dinner.

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: USD $120)
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumption
  • Minibar consumption

gallery 1 922 peru delfin iii riverboat 1200x600 1

Arrive in the Amazonian city of Iquitos – Boarding the Delfin III – Happy Hour – Overview of Your Journey

AM:

PM: Upon your arrival at the Iquitos airport, crew, members of the Delfin III will be waiting to welcome you. You will then be led to a comfortable private vehicle in which you will be served a boxed lunch as you are driven on a 95-kilometer paved-road journey to the port town of Nauta. Once reaching this town situated on the bank of the Marañon River, you will receive a VIP greeting at the Delfin III’s private port. After boarding the Delfin III, the ship’s qualified staff will introduce you to your cozy suite, which is specially equipped with all the amenities for traveling in comfort, including orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, 100% pure natural latex pillows, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and your private bathroom with Spanish-style hot water showers – all complemented with a spacious private terrace. As the Delfin III begins heading upriver, you can enjoy panoramic views of the region from the elegantly outfitted upper observation deck*. Here, the Delfin III’s bartender will be waiting to serve you an exotic Happy Hour cocktail made with regional fruits and Pisco – the national brandy liquor of Peru. Afterwards, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, geographical highlights, the historical background, and the vegetation and wildlife to keep your eye out for, as well as other useful details. (*) NOTE: In addition to a completely equipped bar, the third deck also features an entertainment center that is used for film presentations, as well as extensive literature about the area’s fauna, flora, etc.)

AM: This morning, the Delfin III will sail along the Samiria River and its tributaries. Deep in the rainforest, we will discover an abundance of wildlife, including Blue and Yellow macaws, Scarlet macaws, toucans, Umbrellabirds, monkeys, River otters, capybaras and more. All of this will be pointed out to you by the Delfin III’s expert naturalist guides. With any luck, you might even spot Pink river dolphins, as this is one of their favorite feeding spots for these elusive creatures.

PM: After a delicious lunch on board the ship, we will begin cruising along the Yanayaquillo River, catching glimpses of various creeks and lagoons that it feeds. As this is one of the most protected and best-preserved areas of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, our guide will use his/her expert eye to point out the highlights of the rich biodiversity of this region.

AM: Today we will start cruising along the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, continuing to peek into their various creeks and lagoons while on board the ship’s motorized canoe. Here, you will even have the opportunity to swim in these jungle rivers along with their famous Pink dolphins!

PM: By afternoon we will have made our way to Nauta Caño Creek, which is known for its Squirrel- and Silverback tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins and even sloths! In this area, you will have a chance to spot wildlife on the riverbanks, as well as find insects of all colors, shapes and sizes. You will even have a chance to do some fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won’t forget! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.

AM: This morning, a walk along the Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on “Terra Firma” (non-flooded) forest, where your guide will point out the fascinating creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep your eye out for any amazing natural surprises!

PM: After lunch, we will visit the indigenous San Francisco community, going on a short motorized-canoe ride and jungle trek to meet with these local Amazonian villagers. We will also be able to visit a market brimming with amazing arts and crafts created by locals who have called the rainforest home for generations. Later, you will have a great photo op as you witness the Amazonian rainforest sunset. Also, as the Delfin III has an open policy for visiting the ship’s bridge, this evening especially you will be welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the ship’s captain. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, the Delfin III’s guides are always fully at your service. After dinner, you are invited to the third deck, where you can enjoy stargazing as we cruise through the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Following this experience, you can go on a nocturnal jungle safari with the Delfin III’s guides to search for nocturnal creatures.

AM: The officers and ship crew of the Delfin III will undoubtedly bid you a fond farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the Delfin III’s ground crew will be waiting to take you by private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, a 95-kilometer journey on a paved road. On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the River Mammal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center (ACOBIA), where you will have the chance to see baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these enchanting creatures. At the center, there are also other animals that have been rescued from poaching operations and are now cared for. Finally, at the airport, the Delfin III’s staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check in. (Your return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru). At the security gate, your guide and Delfin crew members will say goodbye, each truly hoping that you enjoyed your stay and your Amazon travel experience!

PM:

Prices

Corner Suite

USD$ 4300

Owners Suite

USD$ 5000

Suite

USD$ 3700

Upper Suite

USD$ 3800

Included in the price

  • All meals while on board (arrival day: box lunch & dinner; cruise days: all meals; departure day: breakfast)
  • All excursions & use of equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (Lima-Iquitos: 10:00 a.m.; Iquitos-Lima: 1 p.m.)
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Selected Beverages: Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, Pisco cocktails & Pisco sours, house wines with lunch and dinner.

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: USD $120)
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumption
  • Minibar consumption

gallery 2 922 peru delfin iii riverboat excursion 1200x600 1

Flight from Lima – Arrival in the Amazonian City of Iquitos – Drive to Nauta Port – Embarkation – Happy Hour & Orientation – Fundo Casual Trek – Nauta Caño Nocturnal Safari

AM: 9:30 am: Flight from Lima to Iquitos, Peru – For travelers who are already in Lima on a Surtrek tour, Surtrek representatives will assist you with your luggage and with checking in for your two-hour flight to the country’s northeastern city of Iquitos, a rustic outpost that offers explorers the most direct and accessible path to the heart of the Amazon. (For travelers just arriving in Peru, you will be able to make your connecting flight to Iquitos within the same Lima international airport). 11:30 am: Arrival in Iquitos – Upon landing at the Iquitos airport, uniformed Delfin Amazon Cruises guides and land staff will be there to welcome you in the luggage claim area.

PM: 12:30 pm: Transfer to the Nauta Embarkation Port – At the Iquitos airport, Delfin staff members will assist you with your belongings and then transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to the embarkation port in the town of Nauta, an hour-and-a-half away. This drive through the scenic Peruvian countryside will give you your first glimpse at Amazonian wildlife, ecosystems, and local villages, as well as riverside and jungle landscapes. 1:00 pm: Lunch – En route to the port in Nauta, you will be served a delicious box lunch consisting of homemade baked goods, Peruvian specialties, hot coffee and fresh juice. 2:00 pm: Arrival in Nauta / VIP Reception – Once we reach Nauta, you’ll be treated to a VIP greeting at Delfin Amazon Cruises’ private port. This dock is situated on the shore of the Marañon River, where the Delfin vessel will be awaiting you to begin your Amazon cruise experience. 3:00 pm: Embarkation – After boarding the Delfin, crew members will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for an experienced traveler such as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with Spanish-style hot-water showers are all complemented with a spacious private terrace, which we are sure you’ll enjoy to the fullest. 4:00 pm: Happy Hour & Orientation: While the Delfin begins to weigh anchor, you can take in fantastic panoramic views from the ship’s elegantly outfitted observation area located on the Delfin’s third, deck. At this time, the barman and staff will provide you with a wide variety of drinks and cocktails including Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail: Pisco sour – a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will also be available. As you relax with a cold drink, your naturalist guide will conduct a brief orientation, outlining details about the voyage journey ahead. This will include the places you will visit and the wildlife you’ll see, as well as a basic summary of the history and geography of the Amazon basin. 5:00 pm: Free Time – Wafted by the gentle breeze of the rainforest, the multi-talented staff will entertain you with a little live music while you delight in this tropical Amazonian breeze. Alternatively, you may want to take this free time simply slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin. 7:00 pm: Welcome Dinner – Toast the beginning of a beautiful journey with a sip fine South American wine. Then, sit down to enjoy the innovative Amazonian cuisine, created by the Delfin’s Executive Chef Raul Rodriguez. Tonight’s welcome dinner will combine incredibly fresh and exotic ingredients with refined cooking techniques and unparalleled creativity in dishes made to enchant the senses. Having the Relais & Châteaux’s seal of approval to Delfin’s culinary experience speaks a world about the journey for the senses you’re about to experience.

AM: 7:00 am: Buffet Breakfast – Wake up early to watch the sunrise for the first time on the Amazon River. Get your first, dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures and then sit down to a sumptuous buffet breakfast featuring a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices. 8:30 am: Belluda Cano Creek Skiff Exploring & Dolphin Watching – Early in the morning, we will head in our skiff to a spectacular tributary within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This is where you will likely experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. In addition, you’re sure to spot many of the brightly colored tropical birds that will be out and active …flying gracefully across the Amazonian sky. 11:00 am: Return to the Ship / Onboard Activities – Cold towels await you back aboard the Delfin Amazon riverboat. Take this time to enjoy the ship’s amenities, which include a panoramic exercise room and the observation deck’s outdoor lounge, bar and entertainment center – or perhaps you’ll just want to slip into the private whirlpool that serves your cabin.

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – For your mid-day meal, master chef Raul Rodriguez, his diligent assistants, and the Delfin’s experienced pastry and menu creation team will have worked hand in hand to ensure that your gastronomic journey is every bit as exciting as what you have seen in the Amazon this morning. This culinary adventure might just introduce you to local favorites like the spicy Aji charapita sauce, refreshing rosy pink “Camu-camu” juice or freshly caught river fish. 1:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax. 3:00 pm: Dorado River Rainforest Hike – This afternoon, the biodiversity you’ll experience will be outstanding. You will have the chance to enjoy some of the myriad species of birds, colorful butterflies, a diversity of insects, and raucous troops of monkeys troops. 5:30 pm: Return to the Ship / Free Time – Making our way back to the Delfin, you’ll have time to shower, rest up and relax before dinner. 7:00 pm: Dinner – Like all nights, dinner will be simply world class. You will be able to enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious Peruvian fare (with a bit of continental influence), whether served in the dining room or al fresco on deck. Promising to be a culinary feast for the senses, this evening’s dinner will be paired with select South American wines or perhaps a freshly pressed juice. 8:30 pm: Night Safari – After the delicious dinner, we will again leave the ship, this time to go on a nocturnal safari in an area known for squirrel and silver-back tamarillo monkeys, birds, dolphins and sloths! We will troll the riverbanks in search of the gleaming eyes of small caimans, as well as look out for night birds and insects of all colors, shapes and sizes.

AM: 7:00 am: Buffet Breakfast – Breakfast will be served buffet-style, perhaps featuring cheese, cereal, eggs of any style, ham, yogurt, bread, and muffins, as well as a rotating variety of local dishes such as tapioca mingado (similar to rice pudding) or cecina (a dried meat) and fried chorizo with cocona sauce. The ship’s waiters will also come by the table with tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices. 8:00 am: Zapote River Skiff Exploring – The morning is a perfect time for kayaking along the calm and inspiring rainforest waters. Our guides will take you upstream for a good chance to spot prehistoric-looking iguanas lazing in the sun. As we troll along the shoreline in search of whatever the jungle has to offer, you’ll like sight a band of Squirrel monkeys, since they’re active at this time of the day. This is when they move in large noisy troops at mid- to upper levels of primary and secondary lowland rainforest. As you float along and paddle down the river, see if you can spot some of the more elusive creatures on your own! 11:30 am: Return to the Delfin / On Board Activities

PM: 12:00 pm: Lunch – From the Delfin lunch buffet, choose from at least a half-dozen options; perhaps an Asian-inspired lunch featuring spring rolls with shrimp, or maybe a dorado fish grilled with peppers and onions. Or what about a Peruvian dish that includes ceviche, fried yucca, stewed beans and corn tamales? 3:00 pm: Pacaya River Kayaking – Pacaya River: This morning, you will 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 3,000 millimeters, 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 sure to be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. You will also have the chance to explore one of the pristine Amazon lagoons in this wonderful region! 5:30 pm: Return to the Delfin – Back on board the Delphin, you’ll have time to wash up and relax a bit before the next on-ship activity. 7:00 pm: Dinner – The Peruvian Amazon bursts with unapologetically strong flavors. For tonight’s dinner, the Delfin’s passionate culinary team will utilizes local ingredients and traditional recipes to create a flavorful experience for the guests – savory local dishes such as Juane rice flavored with herbs and spices, local Tigerfish (in the family of catfish), or “Jungle spaghetti.” Alternative international dishes will also be available if you feel less adventurous.

AM: 7:00 am: Picnic Breakfast: Today, as we head out early for some morning wildlife spotting, we’ll have breakfast off the ship. Mooring the skiff in a shaded part of the river, you can dig into a morning feast of fresh fruit, jars of avocado with soft-boiled egg, pancakes with fruit syrup, and ham & cheese sandwiches – plus hot coffee, of course. 8:30 am: Clavero Lagoon Skiff Excursion – Clavero Lake: After breakfast, we will begin an exploration at Clavero Lake on board of our aluminum skiff, where you will have the chance to get deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. 11:00 am: Return to the Delfin / On Board Activities

PM: 12:30 pm: Lunch – From the Delfin lunch buffet, choose from at least a half-dozen options; perhaps an Asian-inspired lunch featuring spring rolls with shrimp, or maybe a dorado fish grilled with peppers and onions. Or what about a Peruvian dish that includes ceviche, fried yucca, stewed beans and corn tamales? 2:00 pm: Free Time – As the ship continues upriver, you’ll have free time to take an after-lunch siesta and simply relax. 3:00 pm: Puerto Miguel/Yarapa River Community Visit & Skiff Exploring – Next we will venture along the Yarapa River, where you can explore the tributary in a kayak and listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. Next, we will venture out on board our skiff, where we will visit the community of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers who have called the Amazon their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be delighted to meet you, and then stop by an area to see the women of this community who have created a most amazing arts & crafts market. You may even find that perfect Amazonian souvenir here. 6:00 pm: Return to the Delfin – Back on board the Delphin, you’ll have time to wash up and relax a bit before the next on-ship activity. 8:00 pm: Farewell Dinner – The Delfin will mark your last evening on board the ship by pampering you with Peru’s famed “fusion food,” one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. This gentle blend of immigrant traditions of Peru is truly a comprehensive gastronomic, cultural, and historic adventure. Alternatively, select one of the carefully preparing contemporary international dishes that use the wild choices of fresh ingredients that the Amazon region has in store. In either case, Delfin offers exceptional service for your ultimate farewell indulgence.

AM: 6:30 am: Buffet Breakfast & Packing – For your final breakfast on board the Delfin, join everyone in the main dining room and order up some eggs any way you like them… even benedict- or omelet-style with your choice of filling. In addition to Peruvian specialties, international breakfast standards like pancakes and French toast will be in the buffet. Following breakfast, you’ll have time to pack your luggage and take a good last look at the Amazon from the Delfin’s observation deck. 8:00 am: Disembarkation and Ride Back to Iquitos – The crew will bid you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, the Delfin’s ground crew will be waiting to load your luggage and take you by a private air-conditioned vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 55 miles (95 km) away by paved road. 9:30 am: The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA): On our way back to the Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA). Here, you will have the chance to see baby manatees and learn about these wonderful creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture with the intention of turning them into pets and other threatening conditions. 10:30 am: Reaching the Airport & Departure: Reaching the Iquitos Airport, Delfin staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage, assist you in getting your boarding pass, and help you check in. The return flight will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru, where you will be met by Surtrek representatives if you plan on continuing your tour in Peru (otherwise you will be able to easily catch your connecting flight home or onward). At the Iquitos airport’s security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will say goodbye. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and your Amazon travel experience.

PM:

Prices

Corner Suite

USD$ 4300

Owners Suite

USD$ 5000

Suite

USD$ 3700

Upper Suite

USD$ 3800

Included in the price

  • All meals while on board (arrival day: box lunch & dinner; cruise days: all meals; departure day: breakfast)
  • All excursions & use of equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (Lima-Iquitos: 10:00 a.m.; Iquitos-Lima: 1 p.m.)
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Selected Beverages: Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, Pisco cocktails & Pisco sours, house wines with lunch and dinner.

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: USD $120)
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumption
  • Minibar consumption

back cafeok1

Get in touch with us

Interested in more information about any particular South American destination or trip?

Simply let us know your interests or question, and one of our travel experts will be more than happy to assist you -- at no charge, of course!

Plan your trip (Top)

Delfin III Amazon Riverboat Gallery

Best Destinations of the Season by Surtrek

Discover the best destinations of the season with Surtrek, your guide to extraordinary travel experiences in South America. This season’s top picks include the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands, where you can explore unique wildlife and pristine landscapes, and the enchanting Amazon Rainforest, offering unforgettable eco-adventures. Plan your ultimate seasonal adventure with Surtrek’s expert recommendations for a truly remarkable journey.

Climbing the Cayambe Volcano

La Selva Lodge & Spa

Ecuadorian Andes Honeymoon

Piñán

Climbing the Cayambe Volcano

La Selva Lodge & Spa

Ecuadorian Andes Honeymoon

Piñán

Tripadvisor Reviews

default avatar 2020 1

Jen L

May 2024 • Family

"

We went to Quito, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands in the Galapagos. Jorge planned an amazing trip - all details were taken care of and the trip was seamless. We stayed at Patio Andaluz Hotel in Quito, Casita de la Playa in Isabela, and Ikala Galapagos in Santa Cruz - all were great. The tours and guides were all fantastic! Evelyn and the team at Surtrek ensured that the trip went smoothly. It was a trip of a lifetime. I would highly recommend!
default avatar 2020 58

An S

Feb 2024 • Solo

"

Sutrek - Juan Pablo - helped me plan a 2 week solo trip to Chile (the entire length frim North to South) with arrival in Santiago. It was really well planned, even though it was a last minute request. The communications were prompt and clear. Throughout the trip - i had full detailz and felt safe & well taken care off. Even when I wanted to change anything / or wanted improvements during the trip - it was addressed. I highly recommend Surtrek.
default avatar 2020 24

cubigon

Jul 2023 • Family

"

We used Surtrek for our Galapagos trip. It was the best decision we made. Karla Leon created our itinerary and was amazing. She was always available and communicated with our group all the time while in the Islands. We will be using them again in the future. I recommend them 100%

default avatar 2020 51

Nic

Feb 2024 • Friends

"

And amazing trip and great organisation. Everything went smoothly which made the trip a pleasure. All guides and tours were excellent and I recommend highly. Booking was a pleasure with Juan helping us to build a customised trip to see everything we wanted to in Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.
default avatar 2020 52

Exploration137916

Nov 2023 • Solo

"

I traveled with Surtrek and the team made everything orgnized and meanwhile I had a wonderful time with local people. The guides were very friendly and answered my questions about local nature and history. The operation team made every aspect smooth and I didn't have to worry about anything. recommend highly.

see all reviews