DAY 1 ARRIVE IQUITOS
05:00 pm. Arrive at Iquitos. After arriving at Iquitos International Airport,
you will be assisted by our guides and transported by bus for about 1 ―
hours, heading northwest toward Nauta (the oldest city in the department of
Loreto). Nauta lies between Iquitos and the Maraņon River, where the DELFIN
is waiting for you.
07:30 pm. Arrive 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 indulgence.
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 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.
08:30 pm. 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 briefly entertain you with a little
live music. (D)
DAY 2 BELLUDA CAŅO – DORADO RIVER
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 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 while sitting solitary in secondary forest and plantations.
Dry Season (Jun – Nov) Hiking at Belluda Cano: 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,
while we will continue to explore the surrounding wild life. 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
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 Peruīs 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 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
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.
06:30 pm. Back to the boat We will continue sailing towards our next
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 the right choice before
you fall asleep to the musical sounds of the jungle. Donīt 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. (B, L ,D)
DAY 3 ATUN POZA LAKE – RIO PACAYA
07:00 am. Breakfast – Buffet : As usual, our dining room and kitchen staff
are waiting for you; fresh ground coffee grown in the highlands of the
Amazon and local fruits await you as you continue your jungle experience.
08:00 am. Atun Poza expedition
Rainy Season (Dec – May) Atun Poza by skiff: This morning 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, were
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.
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 yourself be pampered by our staff.
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 explore 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.
At sunset, you’ll be 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. Armed 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 (B,
DAY 4 CARO CURAHUAYTE LAGOON – JUNGLE HICK
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 the earthīs greatest wilderness.
08:00 am. Fishing at Caro Curahuayte Lake or Exploring the Shores of
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 harbors sandpipers, terns that hover and dive to catch fish, black
skimmers with their peculiar low flight over the waterīs 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, 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
03:30 pm. Visit the Yanallpa Community. This afternoon you will have the
opportunity to visit this riverside community, this will be your first
interaction with local villagers and to meet their unique way of life. This
is time to bring along any presents you have and will like to give out to
the people and children’s, (papers, books, pencils, colors, T-shirts) they
will really appreciate them and will be very pleased. You will learn about
all 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, with the help of videos and a slide show on
our flat-screen 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
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 you retire. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 AMAZON RIVER – YARAPA RIVER – PUERTO MIGUEL COMMUNITY
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 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.
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 pack and pack your bags.
12:30 pm. Lunch. As usual, you’ll enjoy the diversity of our culinary
choices. Our kitchen staff will be there for any special requests.
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
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ever-changing nature of the rainforest, day-by-day
activities may vary due to local conditions
• The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid with average annual maximum
temperature of 33°C (95°F) and minimum of 21°C (70°C)
• The dry season is from May to November. The wet season is from December to
• The seasons feature differences in the plant and animal life as well as in
• All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of
• River and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and
excursions may need to be modified at the captainīs discretion.
• Bring comfortable soft-soled shoes, light-weight trousers and long-sleeved
tops, hat, sunglasses, lightweight raingear, sunscreen, mosquito repellant,
BINOCULARS, camera and spare batteries.
• We recommend taking Vitamin B or B-12 15 days before your arrival to the
jungle; these have been proven as the most effective natural repellent of
all, even though please donīt forget to bring one along with you.
• Do not forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals.
(T-shirts, pens and paper are especially prized).
• Do not forget to change soles in small bills Lima Airport. We are sure
youīll enjoy very much shopping in the Puerto Miguelīs arts and craft market
and in this way you will help them with the family economy.
• Tipping is expected by the crew and the guides, envelopes will be provided
in your cabin (suggested amount is USD$120 per passenger)
Each passenger is allowed 20 kg. each (44 lbs.) by the airlines policies,
plus carry-on luggage, photo, video camera and
binoculars. We, at our VIP Lounge in the Port of Nauta have storage for
oversized luggage or things you will not want to
carry during your stay on board. We strongly suggest light luggage or soft
bags that can be properly store under the
beds for making your stay more comfortable while you are cruising.
Rates Include Delfin II:
All meals while on board. All excursions. Transfer to/from vessel when
arriving on recommended flights to Iquitos (17:00 hrs)
Entrance Fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Rates Do Not Include Delfin II: Air Tickets to and from Iquitos. Cost of
Medical Emergencies (including evacuation)
Delfin II: Bar and Boutique purchases. Gratuities