The Delfin I is built of fine tropical woods and has a chic décor highlighted by native and contemporary artworks. It is the culmination of its owners’ dream to combine luxury and tradition on the Amazon.
The deluxe Delfin I defines pampering, carrying only 8 guests in 4 stylish king-size suites with private decks, two of which boast their own jacuzzis. The renowned local chef prepares Peruvian Creole cuisine and regional specialties. And when not out on river and shore excursions, the boat’s upper observation decks with their cushioned sofas and reclining chairs are perfect for day-time viewing and night-time star-gazing.
In the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve you will experience not only stunning scenery but an incredible diversity of wildlife. Under the expert guidance of the vessel’s naturalists you will join an extensive range of activities including canopy and trail walks, bird watching, nature cruises by skiff, piranha fishing, swimming with dolphins, and visits to indigenous communities.
You will be met by a South America Travel Centre representative on arrival at Iquitos Airport, Peru for scenic drive through the Peruvian countryside to the small city of Nauta, the oldest town in the state of Loreto. This village, founded in the 1930s, is very important to the local river communities as it is the port where they come to sell their produce. Upon arrival, you will be assisted by the crew to check in and settle into your cabin which is waiting to take you on your amazing Amazon cruise.
As the vessel departs you can relax with a drink and watch the sun setting over the river, before enjoying a first night ‘welcome dinner’ of Peruvian regional dishes, followed by a selection of exotic Amazonian fruits. While enjoying some live music on the upper deck, you might like to enjoy a nightcap before retiring to your cabin.
On your first morning of your Amazon cruise be up early to appreciate the wildlife waking in the forest. After breakfast visit Amazon Park where you will find a canopy walkway at a height of 25m that extends for 500m. The Canopy Walkway provides views of the rainforest from the treetops making a great place to see wildlife and vegetation. This is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world.
In the afternoon explore one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use their skill and knowledge to point out interesting flora and fauna. If you are interested you are able to spend some time paddle boarding on the waters of the Amazon and have a swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins! Afterwards visit the village of San Regis, that receives few outside visitors, and even fewer come to seek out 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 miles. 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.
Enjoy the sunrise over the beautiful Pacaya Samiria National Reserve on your Amazon cruise. After breakfast set out on the walk along the Fundo Casual jungle trail which will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) and your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon.
After a delicious lunch we will visit Nauta Caño Creek where you will have the chance to do some kayaking. You may also like to go fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won’t forget! At dusk, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.
Begin your morning with a visit to Amazonas. This village of 500 people, although not far from the bigger town of Nauta, is still quite removed when you have to go by canoe from place to place. On your visit to this community you will be welcomed by smiling faces and friendly people. Around the community you will be shown the process of peeling and grating cassava, or you may wish to take a look at some of the other aspects of life here. 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, you will visit the Yarapa River and explore this tributary. Listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. Travel down river to a wide creek that leads to an attractive hidden lagoon. As you take in the beauty of the landscape, you will have the chance to spot wildlife. Hawks, terns, herons and monkeys which are part of your everyday excursions can also be found in this area. You will notice many more inhabitants of the Amazon, the rivereños. People being an important part of this complex bionetwork 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.
Enjoy a final breakfast on your Amazon Cruise, before climbing into the skiffs to visit the native village of San Francisco where you will meet the local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. As you stroll around the local community, you will have the chance to learn a little about their culture, traditions and folklore and to see how they live and appreciate the simplicity of their lifestyle.
Once back on board continue downstream and head towards Nauta. This remote city, accessible only by river or air, is a bustling place that was once a rich centre of the rubber industry. It still boasts some stylish mansions dating from the days of its ‘rubber boom’, among them the Casa de Fierro (Iron House) that was designed by Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exhibition of 1889 and later sent out unassembled to be rebuilt on its present site.
On the way to Iquitos Airport, there will be time to visit the Manatee Rescue Centre where biologists and volunteers care for endangered Amazon manatees. Here you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and also see how the manatees are cared for and are prepared for re-introduction into their natural habitat.