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Amazon River Cruise: Delfin I

View pink river dolphins on this Amazon CruiseVenture on the mighty Amazon River aboard the elegant and luxurious Delfin I Amazon river cruise. With expert naturalist guide and an expert crew, voyage into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, five million acres of protected, flooded rain forest bursting with biodiversity. Depending on water levels you navigate narrow tributaries by skiff, paddle kayaks and hike on foot through the terra firme forest, learn about tropical rainforest ecosystems while scanning the canopy for birds and monkeys, search for pink amazon river dolphins, fish for piranhas in still lagoons, and visit native villages. Exclusive to the Delfin I, you also have access to experience the longest rainforest canopy walkway in the flooded forests of Peru's Northern Amazon. Enjoy world-class, personal on-board services and amenities, spacious private suites with panoramic views, supremely fresh local cuisine, and knowledgeable naturalist guides. This is truly a luxury nature and culture adventure in a remote Amazon wilderness, limited to just eight travelers per departure.

Fly to Iquitos via Lima, arriving by 17:00. Airport assistance and air-conditioned vehicle transport along the Amazon River to the town of Nauta on the Marañon River. You’ll be welcomed aboard the Delfin I Amazon river cruiser and shown to your suite with time to relax before enjoying your first cocktail hour and dinner on board – a unique culinary experience with excellent Amazonian-Peruvian cuisine. On the top observation deck, meet your guides and learn about the journey ahead as the moon rises over the rainforest. Overnight on the Delfin I. [BD]

An Amazon sunrise is beautiful to behold, so rise early and take in the splendor from the comfort of your private suite or make your way to the top deck to watch for birds and other wildlife along the river’s edge. After breakfast you explore the flooded jungle of San Isidro. The terra firme forest emerges in the dry season (June-October) and you hike through the epiphytes and palm trees beneath a canopy that reaches over 180’ in height! Biologically, this is one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit of area. Within the forest, you’ll search for the giant kapok tree, identified by the wide, thick trunk. Your guide identifies a wide variety of medicinal plants and points out monkeys, bluish-fronted jacamars and collared trogans in the trees above.

After a delicious lunch on board, explore the river by skiffs and venture deeper into the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Navigate the black waters and keep an eye peeled for the mysterious and active pink river dolphins. Dinner and overnight aboard the Delfin I. [BLD]

A special treat awaits you this morning when you take to the tree tops to gain a bird’s eye view of the forest from an 85’ tall Canopy Walkway. Extending over 1/3 of a mile through the canopy, this walk provides a great opportunity to observe and photograph spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths and a variety of birds at close range. After descending to the forest floor, board canoes and paddle through Tawampa Lake, home to the giant Arapaima freshwater fish, returning to the Delfin I to continue cruising upstream towards the source of the Amazon River.

In the afternoon join your guides for a skiff exploration of wildlife rich creeks and lagoons. When the forest floods the abundance of water triggers many trees to bear fruit, dropping their excessive bounty into the waters below. Piranhas, mistakenly construed as vicious carnivores, find these fruits especially enticing. From your expedition skiff, search for the black, white and red-bellied piranhas swimming between the tree roots and try your hand at fishing for a few. As the stars come out above and the jungle symphony begins, embark on a night safari to search for nocturnal herons, pauraques, spectacled owls, caiman and fish bats that fly low over the water, dipping to scoop up fish mid-flight. Overnight aboard the Delfin I. [BLD]

When day breaks you will have arrived at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge and give birth to the mighty Amazon River. These two powerful tributaries create strong currents with lots of fish, making this an ideal place to spot the Amazon pink river dolphin while they hunt fish in one of their favorite spots. At San Francisco Village, join your guide on a walk through the community to observe what life is like deep in the Amazon. You’ll have a chance to engage with the local villagers, learn about their culture and traditions and perhaps visit the school or join in a game of futbol. In Nauta, your Amazon river cruise comes to an end when you disembark and bid farewell to the staff and crew. En route to the Iquitos airport, you’ll make one more stop, this time at the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals where you can see and help feed young manatees and learn about the dangers these peaceful creatures face. Afternoon arrival at the Iquitos airport in time to make your departing flight to Lima or beyond. [BL]

Delfin I: Amazon River Cruise

Completely refurbished in 2010, the elegant and exclusive Delfin I accommodates only eight privileged travelers in four spacious suites. Blending seamlessly with the wild Amazon waters that she voyages through, the Delfin I is crafted using sustainable, local materials and features artwork created by women from local river communities. All four oversize suites feature comfortable king beds, floor to ceiling panoramic windows, individually controlled air conditioning units and large private decks and balconies. Deluxe suites also have Jacuzzis on their private terraces. The executive chef creates cuisine reflecting Peru’s diverse regions and cultures with the focus being on the unique fish and produce of the Amazon.


Delfin I, a deluxe Amazon River cruiser

Teleferico Cable Car Day Trip to the Pinchincha Volcano

Quito is nestled in a valley between Andean peaks and volcanoes, one of which, Volcan Pichincha, serves as the base for a thrilling cable car ride high over the city and breathtaking surroundings. Departing from your hotel, drive to the foothills of Pichincha, where you board the roomy glass gondola to begin a smooth and slow ascent up the volcano. Quito lies spread beneath you, and all around rise the lofty volcanic peaks of the Andes…Cayambe (18,996’), Antisana (18,714’), Cotopaxi (19,347’), the twin peaks of Ilinizas (16,818’ and 17,218’) and possibly – on very clear days – Chimborazo (20,564’) and Altar (17,451’). The entire ride takes approximately 10 minutes, delivering you from the starting point at 9680’ to a plateau at 13,290’ elevation. From here, there are trails leading to the summit of Pichincha, an additional 700’.

For the youngsters in your party, a small arcade park at the base of the cable car provides additional entertainment in the form of rides and games.

2016 pricing:  $145/person, based on two participants. 

Amazon Extension to the Napo Wildlife Center

Years of close cooperation with the Añangu community has produced Napo Wildlife Center, an innovative project that is as valuable for its comforts as for its conservation and social value. The protected area is home to such species as Jaguar, Giant Otter, Tapir, eleven species of monkeys (including acrobatic Spider and Wooly monkeys, Monk Saki and Golden-mantled Tamarin), and many brilliant bird species. Here the local Añangu community has teamed with international conservationists to create a private reserve of well over 50,000 acres within the Yasuni National Park.

2016 Pricing: From $1,395 to $1,910 depending on length of stay (3 or 4 nights) and room category. Airfare from Quito to Coca included. Children under 12: $1,010 to $1,365

Note:  This trip can depart from/return to Quito any day EXCEPT Sunday. 

Day 1: Napo Wildlife Center

Transfer to the Quito airport for your brief flight to Coca, an outpost on Ecuador’s Rio Napo in the Oriente, Ecuador’s Amazon basin. A 2 hour motorized canoe ride takes you to Napo Wildlife Center’s private dock where you’ll continue by canoe (1.5 hrs) through a meandering tributary of the Napo to the lodge's private lake deep within the Yasuni National Park. Arriving at the lodge, have a welcome beverage and receive an orientation about the activities to come. Overnight Napo Wildlife Center.  [LD]

Days 2 - 3: Napo Wildlife Center

Your naturalist guide accompanies you on a variety of adventures in this remote reserve, exploring the rivers, lagoons and forests surrounding the lodge. Napo Wildlife Center occupies an 82 square mile portion of Yasuni National Park. With 2 nearby parrot licks and a canopy tower, you have myriad opportunities to view some of the 550 species of birds, 11 primate species, and the stars of the reserve, giant river otters. Overnight Napo Wildlife Center. [BLD]

Day 4: Quito

Early rising today to paddle or hike back to the Rio Napo and return to Coca for your flight to Quito. 

Note: Due to international air schedules, we have not included the cost of transfers and Quito hotel day 5. If you wish to overnight, please inquire for private airport-hotel transfers and accommodation. Prices are based on set days of transfer to / from the Coca airport.

Napo Wildlife Center

The Napo Wildlife Center [NWC] is a renowned, award-winning Amazon rainforest lodge in Ecuador. It is located adjacent to 82 sq miles of Yasunì National Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of protected tropical rain forest in Ecuador. Read more about the Napo Wildlife Center.

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