The Delfin Amazon experience is unlike any other. The Delfin program is carefully crafted to highlight the very best of the Peruvian Amazon. The Maracon and Ucayali Rivers of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve boast some of the most incredible flora and fauna of the Amazon. Discover the hidden secrets of the Amazon as you undertake a number of soft adventure experiences including kayaking, piranha fishing, birdwatching, trail walks and local community visits.
The high water program will take advantage of the raised water levels to bring you closer to the tree canopy. This will give you a unique insight into the varied bird, insect and mammal life that seek refuge at the tree tops to avid the raised water levels.
Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle. We will start you off with a lunchbox as we begin the journey to Nauta. Once here you will enjoy a VIP greeting at the shores of the Maranon River where your vessel awaits.
In the afternoon you will visit the Fundo Casual.The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon.
In the evening you will explore the Nauta Cano Creek. You will skim the riverbanks for sloths, birds, dolphins, monkeys as well as caimans and spiders of all shapes and sizes.
On your first morning with us, we recommend getting up early to appreciate one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. We will jump on the skiffs and head to this area with large trees and old palm trees as well, these components favor the presence of several parrot species. This particular spot also has 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.
You will the visit the Amazon Natural Park. The Peruvian Amazon region is considered the largest pharmaceutical reserve in the world with 965 species of wild plants and 59 cultivated plant species that local people use to cure and to prevent many illnesses.
You will then visit the village of Yachay where you can visit a local shaman Carola. 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.
This morning you will reach the Palm Forest. Filled with lakes, palm swamps, and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season and is sure to be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit.
You will then explore the Samiria River. We will look for the famous hoatzins nesting a few feet above water, and perhaps a sloth or two of the three toed kind. The Samiria River can also be home to troops of brown capuchin monkeys mixed up with squirrel monkeys. As the sunsets our aim will be looking for black and white caiman, fishing bats, and Noisy Nights Monkeys where you will encounter a whole new world of adventure.
Today you will reach the Amazon confluence, also known as 'union de los Rios'. It is known that the Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, to form what countries other than Brazil consider to be the main stem of the Amazon River. Each river differs slightly in colour, making for perfect photo opportunities.
You will then visit the San Francisco community to meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. You may step into a typical schoolhouse where the children will be very happy to have visitors, and then stop by an area to see the women of this community who have a most amazing arts & craft market.
Lastly, you will visit Pirana Cano. This lovely creek which leads to a lagoon is an ideal place to spend some time in search of birds and playful monkeys. The landscape adorned by the usual colors of the sun´s reflections by whichever mode of transportation is stunning. So sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Amazon forest!
In the morning you will disembark your vessel and bid farewell to your crew. You will then be taken by private vehicle to the port of Nauta, where the ground crew will be waiting to take you to Iquitos.
On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center 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. Our land personnel will wait for you at the airport and give your boarding passes and help you check in.
All meals whilst on board
All excrusions and equipment
Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos
Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, pisco cocktails & sours, house wines with lunch and dinner
Air tickets to/from Iquitos
Travel and medical insurance
Any pre or post land arrangements
Customary gratuities for staff and crew (recommended at 120USD per guest)