CODE: DEAMCR
DELFIN

5 Days / 4 Nights
Iquitos - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - Iquitos
 
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Day 1: Arrival to 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 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 Nauta and board the DELFIN
Upon arriving at the port of Nauta, you will board the DELFIN I, assisted by our
experienced crew. Upon arriving at the port of Nauta, you will board the DELFIN I, the
most unique and small river vessel in the Amazon River. You´ll enjoy the personal
attention and your own private decks. Your immense suites will be the epitome of luxury while cruising; you´ll enjoy a variety of environmentally friendly amenities for your
ultimate indulgence.
08:00 pm. Happy hour
Just before dusk, as the DELFIN I 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 I 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 multi-talented staff
will entertain you with a little live music.

 
Day 2: San Isidro flooded forest hike & Yanayacu / Pucate River
07:00 am. Breakfast – Buffet
08:00 am. Hiking at San Isidro:
Today we will hike through this pristine and unique flooded ecosystem, passing through
a classic tropical rainforest with emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55
meters 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. We also find local medicinal plants and encounter them while hiking.
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 aboard the Delfin I
We will continue upstream towards our next destination.
12:30 pm. Lunch
After emerging from the depths of the forest, you will be treated to a world-class
gourmet meal.
03:30 pm. YanaYacu excursion (protected area within the Pacaya Samiria National
Reserve)

Never does nature seem more beautiful than in the tropics. In this opportunity you will
have the chance to explore one of our main cores of the National Reserve. Wild life will
be the one to greet you and the biodiversity will be outstanding. Make sure to charge
your camera battery! On board of our aluminum skiff we will have the chance to get
deep into the rainforest and its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. You will have the
chance to enjoy some of the myriad bird species, colorful butterflies and other diverse
insects, noisy monkey troops and active pink and grey river dolphins. Enjoy the black
river waters and discover this mysterious and bountiful destination.
06:30 pm. Back aboard the Delfin I
We will continue our navigation to our next destination.
08:00 pm. Dinner
We will calm your appetite, serving dinner at our cozy dining room; there you will
continue enjoying our special food service and unique recipes.
09:30 pm. Lazy time on our third Deck
Tonight far from civilization, the stargazing opportunities are unique. While enjoying the
sweet breeze of the Amazonian night, the wonderful symphony of the jungle, you can
see stars of the Northern and Southern constellations.
 
Day 3: Canopy Walk / Primary Forest hike, Tawampa Lake / Nauta Caño exploration
07:00 am. Breakfast – Buffet
You will get used to our wonderful breakfast festival, with all natural juices and really
exotic fresh food that our kitchen personnel will point you, we are sure that you have
never tasted some of them.
08:00 am. Private Reserve “La Posada” canopy walk.
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. You´ll enjoy
“terra firma” forest and you will be able to see the differences between your previous
hike and this one.
We will be canoeing back through the Tawampa Lake where you will possibly be able
to observe giant arapaima, the largest fresh water fish in the world.
10:30 am. Back aboard the Delfin I
We will continue our upstream navigation towards the formation of the Amazon River.
01:00 pm. Lunch
To continue with your unique adventure, our creative chef will continue to amaze you
with the innovative creations he has designed for you. While explaining every detail of
the local food, you will learn more and more about life in this pristine and unique area.
04:00 pm. Nauta Caño Exploration, fishing experience & night safari
At this time we will have the chance to explore this small creek, its lagoons, and its
wonderful dynamic and stunning panoramas. Cruising is the best way to experience
the diversity of the wildlife that populates the rivers and their neighboring habitats. We
will sail quietly near shore, exploring marshes, streams and oxbows.
On board our excursion skiffs, we will head to a beautiful lake for a spectacular fishing
spot, where we expect to catch some fish; the target again, will be “piranhas”. During
the rainier season, river flood and low forest have more than 1 meter (3 ft.) of water
standing at the base of the trees. Flowering and fruiting time coincide with this flooding,
fish including piranhas swim in among the base of the trees to devour the fruit or chew
at their outer coverings. So the undeserved “super-carnivore” reputation of piranhas as
a bloody thirsty fish is really exaggerated. There are 25 different species of piranha in
the Amazon basin, black, white, red bellied. They are so smart and fun to catch.
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.
7:00 pm. Back aboard the Delfin I
We will continue to our next destination.
08:00 pm. Dinner
We will continue to surprise you with the variety of our menu.
 
Day 4: Amazon Headwaters & Caño Piraña / Yucuruchi Lagoon (Giant Water Lilies)
07:00 am. Breakfast
You will get used to our wonderful breakfast festival, with all natural juices and really
exotic fresh food that our kitchen personnel will point out to you, we are sure that you
have never tasted some of them.
08:00 am. Amazon Headwaters & San Francisco Village
We will wake up at this important and historic place, were the Ucayali & Marañon Rivers merge and give birth to the mighty Amazon River. We will be in the formation of the Amazon River; the two powerful tributaries of the Amazon, the Ucayali and the
Marañon River. In this spot, we will search for the most elusive and exotic fresh water
pink river dolphin, medium sized, long snout and little or no dorsal fin you will see that
they are really pink, they love this place, because is one of their favorite feeding spots.
We will visit San Francisco Village, a local community; where you will stroll around their community, their houses and will have the chance to see how simple their daily life is. We will be greeted by lots of children who take you to their school to let you know all about it. The local teacher will be around.
They will show you their arts and craft market that will be displayed for you to
appreciate their work.
10:30 am. Back aboard the Delfin I
This is also the time to gather all of your things pack your bags and check out.
1:00 pm. Lunch
As usual, you will enjoy the diversity of our culinary choices. Our kitchen staff will be
there for any special requests.
04:00 pm. Yucuruchi Jungle trail
This afternoon we will have a 35 minute hike; during this opportunity we will closely study termites in their natural habitat. They are the oldest of all social insects and have one of the most complex societies in the insect world. Our guides will point you about de different sized and shapes of each individuals within a single species.
Our main target will be the giant Amazonian water lilies called “Victoria’s Amazonicas”,
this beautiful flower grows in small lagoons, swamps, cochas, or small creeks and you
will be amazed by them. On this trail you will also get to know all about caciques and
oropendolas birds, bees and wasps nests are their special hiding place; as these birds
use to build their nests, apparently the birds benefit from this close association.
05:30 pm. Back aboard the Delfin I
We will continue to our next destination.
08:00 pm. Dinner
We will continue to surprise you with the variety of our menu.
 
Day 5: Yarapa River, Amazon Headwaters, Nauta and Iquitos airport
06:30 am: Breakfast on board while on the Yarapa River
We will start exploring this narrow river to let you experience the abundant and
spectacular deep rainforest wilderness including squirrel and capuchin monkeys,
herons, egrets. You will have the chance to see green iguanas with prominent head
crest and throat fan, extremely long, mostly arboreal and just laying still on a tree
branch. At around 8 o’clock breakfast will be served on the skiffs surrounded by tropical
rain forest and with monkeys strolling around us, natural juice & Fruits, sandwiches,
coffee and tea will be a nice treat in this morning. We will get to a beautiful lagoon
called “Uvos” a very special fruit that grows wild in the shores of this lagoon; you will be
surprised also because of the presence of lots of pink dolphins that love to go there in
search of breakfast.
09:30 am. Back aboard the Delfin I
Please take note we will be disembarking after Lunch in Iquitos so take the time to
gather and pack your things. Possibly take a nap or enjoy the time left aboard the
Delfin I on your private terrace or on the upper deck.
12:30 pm. Lunch
As usual, you will enjoy the diversity of our culinary choices. Our kitchen staff will be
there for any special requests.
01:00 pm. disembark at Nauta
We will disembark at our port in Nauta, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to
Iquitos.
02:40 pm.Visit the Manatees Rescue Center
In our way to the Iquitos Airport we will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River
Mammals were you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about this
pacific and wonderful creatures and why they are in the endangered species list. You
are most welcome to help this extraordinary program!
05:30 pm. Arrive at Iquitos Airport
Our land personnel will give your boarding passes and help you check in.
 
All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributaries level may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain´s discretion.
Departures 2012:
Delfin I: Jan 12,19,26; Feb 2,9,16; Mar 8,15,22,29; Apr 5,12,19; May 3,10,17,24,31; Jun 7,14,21,28; Jul 5,12,19,26;
Aug 2,9,16,23,30; Sep 6,13,20,27; Oct 4,11,18; Nov 1,8,15,22,29; Dec 6,13,20,27
Delfin II: May 30; Jun 6,13,20,27; Jul 11; Aug 8,15,22,29; Sep 5.
General Information
- 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 April.
- The seasons feature differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate.
- All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain´s discretion.
- Bring comfortable soft-soled shoes, light-weight trousers and long-sleeved tops, hat, sun glasses, lightweight rain gear, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, BINOCULARS, camera and spare batteries.
- Do not forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals. (T-shirts, pens and paper are especially prized).
- Tipping is expected by the crew and the guides, envelopes will be provided in your cabin (suggested amount is US$120 per passenger).
2012 Prices per person:
Delfin I:
Delfin Deluxe Master Suite: $4000 double occupancy. Single supplement: $2000
Master Suites: $3600 double occupancy. Single supplement: $1800
Delfin II:
Master Suites: $3400 double occupancy. Single supplement: $1700
Suites: $3000 double occupancy. Single supplement: $1500
Rates include: All meals while on board. All excursions. Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights. Entrance Fee to Pacaya Samiria and Yanallpa Private Natural Reserve.
Rates Do Not Include: Air Tickets to and from Iquitos. Bar and Boutique purchases. Cost of Medical Emergencies (including evacuation) Tipping (Ammount suggested per guest: US$ 120.00).
 
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