Delfin Amazon Cruises
The ultimate in Amazon Rainforest and River exploration
The Amazon comprises half of the planet’s remaining rainforest, and the Amazon River is the live force of this amazing ecosystem. Cruise into the heart of this unique ecosystem and explore its beauty and diversity aboard a Delfin Amazon Cruise.
Delfin Amazon Cruises operate in the remote Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the 2nd largest national reserve in Peru, spanning more than 5 million acres. Known also as the mirror forest, it is the largest protected flooded forest in the world, making it one of the prime intact swathes of jungle in the Peruvian Amazon. During the rainy season in the Andes, water levels rise throughout all the rivers of Amazonia, flooding 85% of the reserve and making it only accessible by boat. Come low water season, life regenerates in many fascinating ways, both flora and fauna, and the Pacaya Samiria becomes a place ideal for discovery on foot.
Explore this remote region of the Amazon aboard Delfins small luxury ships. Your Amazon journey takes off on arrival in Iquitos, were you will be picked up and taken to your vessel. In the following days, you will experience an ideal combination of natural wonders, dramatic scenery, indigenous cultural history and a relaxed self-contained way to explore the rainforest while sightseeing nature at its best. Here in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you are about to explore one of the world’s most intriguing environments. Flora and fauna are abundant and time seems to stand still.
Delfin I takes you a step beyond luxury, where comfort and grace combine effortlessly with the wilderness of the Amazon to create the most unique and personalize vessel to ever sail in the Peruvian Amazon region. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality, this classic river vessel features 4 oversized suites, all with private panoramic terraces; 2 offer a private whirlpool for the ultimate treat.
Delfin I: 4D|3N voyage operates Mon-Thu whilst the 5D|4N voyage operates Thur-Mon
Delfin II has 14 large guest suites include 4 Master Suites with 180° panoramic windows, and 10 Suites, 4 of which can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each with movie screen sized windows and natural elements, they offer all the comforts provided by world class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Both vessels offer a dining room, observation deck and lounge, bar, entertainment centre and library - ideal gathering places for all guests on board.
Why we like it
- Boutique Amazon River cruising
- Small group activities
- Exceptional guides
- Unrivalled access to the Peruvian Rainforest
- Exploration by boat & on foot
At a Glance
Day 1 - PM arrival to Iquitos, transfer to Nauta and embark
Day 2 - AM Skiff exploration | PM Skiff exploration and swimming with dolphins
Day 3 - AM Catamaran journey & canopy walk | PM Skiff exploration, piranha fishing & night safari
Day 4 - AM Skiff exploration and kayaking | PM Lagoon exploration for birds & monkeys
Day 5 - AM Visit local community and market. Disembark, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species en route to Iquitos.
The above itinerary is based on the 5D|4N high water itinerary for Delfin I. Please contact us for details on other options.
The Amazon basically has 2 seasons: the flooded (really wet) and the dry (but still wet) season.
Both offer rich rewards, fabulous sites and amazing opportunities to view incredible plant and animal life.
The flooded season (Nov-May) provides the opportunity to enjoy slightly cooler temperatures whilst seeing the forest gloriously flooded, along with the advantage of being able to get up close to birds and mammals, but little opportunity to explore on foot. Despite its name please do note that this season gets approx. 10% more rain than falls in the dry season.
If jungle hikes, great fishing expeditions and seeing monkeys and other mammals, along with exotic migratory birds as they pass through Amazonia, appeal then the hotter, less rainy 'dry season' (Jun-Oct) is for you.
The best solution of all: choose one and then return again to experience the other!