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Cruises Delfin I Iquitos - Yallapa - Dorado River
4 days 3 Nights
(From 3,100 USD)
|Description: The boat’s itineraries will vary from those
of its sister ship, the M/V Aqua, but will also explore
remote areas of the Amazon River. The 24-crew member M/V
Aria is staffed with four world-class nature guides and will
also include an Amazon wildlife reference library and
air-conditioned multimedia room..
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Day 1 Arrive in Iquitos. (D)
After arriving at Iquitos International Airport, you will be
assisted by our guides and transported by bus for about 1 ½
hours, heading northwest toward Nauta (the oldest city in
the department of Loreto). Nauta lies between Iquitos and
the Marañon River, where the DELFIN is waiting for you.
07:30 pm. Arrive in Nauta and board the DELFIN
Upon arriving at the port of Nauta, you will board the
DELFIN, assisted by our experienced crew. They will help you
settle into your wood-paneled, comfortable twin-bedded cabin
provided with orthopedic mattresses and 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 ultimate
It will become clear that you are traveling where few have
gone before. In fact, you are part of a select group of
seasoned world travelers who will visit remote Pacaya
Samiria Reserve, five million acres of protected, flooded
forest, roughly the size of a small Central American
country. A world of flora and fauna awaits you.
08:00 pm. Happy hour
Just before dusk, as the DELFIN starts its journey into the
rainforest, our barman and staff will provide you with
Peru’s finest and most famous cocktail, the pisco sour, made
of Pisco, a Peruvian grape brandy. Fine regional cigars will
also be available.
08:30 pm. Dinner
Dinner is served in our cozy dining room located at the back
of the ship’s second deck.
Because of its cultural diversity, Peruvian cuisine is
considered one of the world’s finest, making the country an
attractive culinary destination. Aside from providing you
with your first rainforest adventure, the DElFIN is also a
unique culinary experience, offering the best of
Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine in a cosmopolitan gourmet
setting. Our chef prides himself in serving dishes in
different styles and seasoned with a wide variety of herbs
and spices, as well as exotic fruits,
09:30 pm. Briefing and time to relax
On the top observation deck, our guides will use charts and
short videos displayed on our flat LCD screen to conduct a
brief orientation, outlining details of your journey,
including the places you will visit, the wildlife you will
see, as well as a summary of the history and geography of
the Amazon basin.
Finally, under the beauty of an Amazonian night filled with
hundreds of stars or perhaps a full moon, and wafted by the
gentle breeze of the rainforest, our multitalented staff
will entertain you with a little live music.
Day 2 Yanallpa – Dorado River (B,L,D)
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 morning of adventure and
07:00 am. Yanallpa exploration, Belluda Stream or Jungle
(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 the
Pacaya-Samiria national reserve, where you will have the
chance to see its 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’s 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 as it sits solitary in secondary forest and
(Jun – Nov)
Hiking at the community of Yanallpa
During the dry season, you can visit the community of
Yanallpa 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 lbs). The
paiche is considered a delicacy, and you can often hear them
when they rise to the surface. We’ll also look for 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, while we continue exploring the surrounding
wildlife. There’s a good chance of spotting 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, where you will also
experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink
river dolphins. Enjoy a unique opportunity to swim among the
On the river you will experience abundant wildlife and
nature in all of 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 parrotletts, wood creepers,
Prehistoric looking iguanas laze in the sun while we travel
along the shoreline searching for whatever 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.
07:00 pm. Back to the boat
We will continue to navigate towards our next destination
07:30 pm. Happy Hour
Our bar is open and our barman is waiting to please you with
new combinations of regional fruits and drinks, while you
relax aboard the Delfin as we continue our journey up the
Ucayali River towards the Puinahua River.
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, fine cigars and after
dinner drinks will be available before you fall asleep to
the musical sounds of the jungle. Don´t forget to look up at
the sky, where the feast continues, with millions of
sparkling stars set against the deep black night or perhaps
a full moon that lights up the entire river.
Day 3 Pacaya River – Atun Poza Lagoon (B, L, D)
05:30 am. Wake up call
This morning we will start very early and breakfast on board
the skiffs, in order to see as much wildlife as possible in
one of the earth´s greatest wilderness.
06:00 am. Rio Pacaya – breakfast on board
We have reached our main goal, the Pacaya River, 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
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 have ever visited.
An early rise is very rewarding: you’ll see parrots, macaws,
toucans, kingfishers, black collared hawks, southern
swallows, white winged swallows, and manikins. Aside from
the large variety of birds, you’ll also see troops of
Aboard our comfortable skiffs, we will go in search of
magnificent views and wildlife opportunities, experiencing
spectacular rainforest wilderness, while searching for
different species of monkeys, such as small family groups of
red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin, with
its bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail.
As the sun starts to heat up, we will continue along the
shores of the Pacaya river, spotting huge ceiba or kapok
trees, mahogany trees, strangler figs, epiphytes such as
bromeliads and orchids, palm trees and woody vines.
Breakfast—cold, fresh fruit juice, fresh fruit and light
sandwiches with coffee and/or tea—will be served as we float
amidst a favored dolphin feeding spot.
After breakfast, you can jump in the water for a very
refreshing morning swim, a once in a lifetime experience in
the beautiful setting of dark, clean and warm water, deep
blue skies, and a light breeze, just a perfect moment to
enjoy the wild and unique Amazon rainforest at its best.
11:30 am. Back to the Boat
We will start navigating back down the Puinahua River
12:30 pm. Lunch
By now, you’ll know the routine; our kitchen staff welcomes
you again, surprising 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.
04:00 pm. Atun Poza expedition
(Dec – May) Atun Poza by skiff
On our adventure this afternoon we will cruise in our skiffs
along a lake called Atun Poza, where we will surprise
several species of egrets, herons, hawks, long-legged
neotropical cormorants fishing for their dinner, and unusual
and loud horned screamers. We will also have a chance to
explore other black water lagoons linked to this huge lake,
where wattled jacanas compete with 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.
(Jun – Nov) hiking at Atun Poza:
This afternoon 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 by a small stream inside this forest, but
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.
06:30 pm. Back to the vessel
07:00 pm. Briefing and review
At this time our guides will review all that we have seen
and learned, with the help of videos and a slide show on our
flat TV. This will give you the chance to see up close the
birds, monkeys, reptiles, etc. This is the time to clear up
any doubts. 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
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, magical sauces,
and wonderful combinations of different types of meat. Our
talented staff will delight you with some live music before
Day 4 Yarapa River – Puerto Miguel Village – Nauta (B, L)
07:00 am. Breakfast – Buffet
The smell of fresh ground toasted coffee will be the wakeup
call this morning and as usual you will continue enjoying
all the different types of local fresh fruit for a good
start to the morning.
08:00 am. Yarapa River Exploration and Puerto Miguel Village
On board our skiffs we will stop at the village of Puerto
Miguel to meet local villagers. You will have the chance to
learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. You may
also visit one of the villager’s homes, to see how they live
and the simplicity of their lifestyle and purchase some of
the handcrafts they make.
After visiting the village, we will explore the Yarapa
river, where there’s a good chance that you’ll see squirrel
and capuchin monkeys, herons, egrets and green iguanas. We
will reach a beautiful lagoon called Uvos, named after a
fruit that grows wild along its shores. Pink river dolphins
ply its waters in search of fish. The forest also boasts
abundant flora including a variety of bromeliads and
orchids. Monkeys love these surroundings.
11:00 am. Back to the vessel:
We will continue sailing downstream to the confluence of the
Ucayali and the Marañon, birthplace of the Amazon River.
Dolphins delight in this special setting.
This is also the time to gather all of your things pack your
bags and check out.
12:30 pm. Lunch
This will be your last lunch with us, so our chef will treat
you to a real feast of flavors and colors, having designed a
sophisticated menu featuring the best of Amazonian haute
13:30 pm. disembark at the port of Nauta
We will disembark at our port in Nauta, where a bus will be
waiting to take you back to Iquitos.
-Accommodation on the
M/V Rio Amazonas with air conditioned cabins, all meals,
jungle walks and boat excursions with experienced bilingual
guides. Transfers to and from the airport are also included.
Airport taxes and the international airfare to Peru are not
Flight Tickets Lima to Iquitos.
Recommended Items to Bring
Good shoes or boots
Rain poncho (or Rain Jacket)
Bathing Suit, Sandals and towels
T-Shirts and Shorts
Sun block, Sun glasses and hat
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