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The most exclusive small river vessel, with only 8 passengers, to cruise the Amazon Basin.

Cruise the Amazon basin in complete luxury and style with only 8 travelling companions in four luxurious master suites with large private wooden decks, floor to ceiling windows, and daily guided excursions ashore.

The public areas include an open terrace with large & soft sofas, big ceiling fans, an Amazon Wildlife reference library, a flat TV& DVDs, bar and game tables.

The air-conditioned master suites on the Delfin I have a minibar, private facilities, hair dryer and fine organic amenities. Two of the cabins are located on the main deck with private Jacuzzis. The crew provide a personalised service and the expert naturalist guides take you daily adventures into the Amazon as well as providing briefings and lectures on board ship.

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  • Amazon Cruise

    3 Nights from £3195

    Venture into the Peruvian Amazon with lots of activities, including memorable hikes, kayaking, fishing and community visits and more.

    Amazon Cruise

    Day 1 - Embark at Nauta

    Delfin guides will meet you at Iquitos airport and transfer you to Nauta, where you embark the Delfin I. After we set sail, enjoy the most fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly observation area. Your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details.

    We head down into the Marañon River to Pahuachiro. This lovely spot is an ideal place to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you. The landscape is adorned by the usual colours of the sun's reflections and is a great photo opportunity as you witness your first Amazon Rainforest Sunset.

    Day 2 - Pacaya Samiria National Reserve & Village visit

    On your first morning, we recommend getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun. The early morning hours are the best time of day to watch birds, observe special displays and listen to their songs. We will journey on skiffs and head to this area with large trees and old palm trees as well, these components favour the presence of several parrot species as well as a great number of other birds of different species. We will look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three toed kind.

    We cruise through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our kayaks or paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!

    Later we explore the Amazon Natural Park, a unique opportunity to walk on 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. 

    Finally today we visit the remote village of Yachay, which receives few outside visitors, and even fewer come to meet the Shaman, Carola. Carola is known far and wide in the rainforest, leading a normal village life with her wood carver husband, while at the same time acting as spiritual caretaker and healer to literally hundreds of jungle dwellers spread over many roadless miles. Her prestige and position are beyond reproach. The role of shaman is often misunderstood in the west, associated with black magic, and spells. While these things all have their place, the actual practitioners are as varied as in any profession. Carola is known as a “White” shaman, a healer and spiritual guide.

    Day 3 - Water Activities & Night Safari

    This morning we cruise through the creeks of Yanayaquillo, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. This is also a popular dolphin feeding spot.  We will also try piranha fishing.

    We then head into the Marañon River to Piraña Caño. We explore the creek either by kayak or by skiff. This lovely creek which leads to a lagoon is an ideal place to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. As your naturalist guide spots various creatures for you. The landscape is stunning - so sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Amazon forest!

    In the evening, enjoy a guided night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.

    Day 4 - Rehabilitation Centre and onward flight

    Disembark after breakfast, and visit the impressive Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. There are also some other animals cared for by the centre that have been rescued from capture and cared for at the centre.

    We then continue to Iquitos Airport for your onward flight.

     

     

  • Delfin 1 Amazon Cruise

    4 Nights from £3995

    The most popular duration exploring the Amazon in the company of the Delfin 1's expert naturalist guides.

    Delfin 1 Amazon Cruise

     

    Day 1 - Embark Delfin 1 at Nauta

    You will be met at Iquitos Airport and transferred to the Delfin 1 at the riverside town of Nauta, th banks for the . Arrive to Nauta Marañon River. After setting sail, enjoy panoramic views from the observation area and an exotic cocktail made with regional fruits and pisco. Then, your naturalist guide will give you an overview of your journey’s schedule, activities, route, highlights, wildlife and vegetation to keep your eye out for, geographical and historical background, and other useful details. 

    Day 2 - Fundo Casual, Nauta Cano & night safari

    Up early today to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, with awalk on the Fundo Casual jungle trail deep into the non-flooded rainforest where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. In the afternoon, we visit Nauta Caño Creek where you will have the chance to do some kayaking. Also, go fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won’t forget! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.

    Day 3 - Canopy Walkway & Yanayacu Pucate

    This morning you experience the only Canopy Walkway in this area. 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 will enjoy “Terra Firma” forest and you will be able to see the differences between your previous hike and this one.

    After lunch, we visit Yanayacu Pucate, one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, you can venture out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins!

    Day 4 - Village visit & 

    We visit a local village of 500 people this morning, where you travel by canoe from place to place. On your visit to this community we will be welcomed by smiling faces and friendly people. Around the community, people who are happy to show you the process of peeling and grating cassava, while another may invite you in for a look at the tools he uses to process the rice (grown locally). A day in the life of a local ribereño is eye-opening to how far we have come in this day and age and a reflection of how simple yet rewarding life is for others.

    In the afternoon we explore along the Yarapa River, listening for the sounds from the mysterious jungle. We travel down river to a wide creek that leads to an attractive hidden lagoon. As we absorb the beauty of the landscape, we will have the chance to reflect on the wildlife. Hawks, terns, herons and monkeys which are part of our everyday excursions are readily close by; in this area we will notice many more inhabitants of the Amazon, the rivereños. People being an important part of this complex bio network only reinforce the fact that we are part of their lives and how our presence here and now could make a difference to the future of this magical land of the Incas. Look out for specific types of Monkeys like the pygmy marmoset, squirrel monkey, and our first Monk Saki. This medium-sized monkey with the thick fur and bushy tail looks more like he is dressed for the Arctic than the Amazon.

    Day 5 - Rehabilitation Centre & onward flight

    Disembark after breakfast and ttansfer to The Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre of River Mammals, where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. We then continue to Iquitos Airport for assisted check-in for your onward flight. 

     

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Boat Description

What's included in the price

  • Transfer from Iquitos
  • All meals
  • All excursions with expert naturalist guides
  • Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, Pisco cocktails & sours, house wines 24/7
  • National park entrance fees
  • Children under 11 years of age get a 20% discount

Vessel information

  • Latest updates - Refurbished in 2010
  • Type of vessel - river vessel
  • Port of Embarkation - city of Nauta
  • Vessel registry - Peru
  • Length -  67 feet Beam: 33 feet Draft: 5´8"
  • Capacity - 8 passengers in twin/double suites, maximum 12 passengers if all suites used at triple
  • Generator - caterpillar, 45KW (encapsulated) Engine: Cummins 285HP diesel turbo boosted
  • Cruising Speed - average 8 knots
  • Water - water treatment plant with 5.0 cubic meter capacity
  • Sewage waters - 2.5 cubic meter septic tank Radio Communication: VHF, UHF and satellite phone on board
  • Launch boats - 2 aluminium 10 passenger skiffs equipped with four stroke low emission Mercury 60HP engines + radio communications with main vessel, life jackets and flares

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