Ship's Registry: Peru
Passenger Capacity: 28
Length: 120 feet
Passenger Decks: 2
• 1-night hotel in Lima before the trip at the Wyndham Costa del Sol on May 12, 2018
• 1-night hotel in Lima after the trip at the Wyndham Costa del Sol on May 20, 2018
• Roundtrip airfare: Lima – Iquitos – Lima
• 7 nights on board the National Geographic/Lindblad Delphin II
• Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks throughout the day and all meals on board the ship
• Breakfast at hotel on May 13 and 21
• All access permits and entrance fees
• All shore excursions and sightseeing while on board the vessel
• Gratuities to naturalists and ship's crew, port charges/taxes, which are covered in NDA fees
• Olivia staff assistance throughout
What's Not Included?
• Roundtrip airfare to Lima, Peru
• Incidentals on board, and wine and alcohol
• International Departure Tax from Lima (Some airlines will include it in the cost of the ticket. Please check with your carrier.)
• NDA charges are not included in the price of the trip but have already been added to your reservation as reflected on your invoice
• Dinner on evening of May 12 and May 20
Peruvian Amazon Adventure Cruise
May 12 21, 2018
Lindblad Expedition's / National Geographic Delfin II
Join us on this incredible National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions adventure along the Amazon River! Sailing on the luxurious Delphin II down the Maranón and Ucayali Rivers, you'll see wildlife that's native only to this part of the world. Three-toed sloths, piranhas, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, white-throated toucans and pink river dolphins are just a few of the many animals you'll see on your 10-day journey through the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve.
Hop on board a skiff or kayak, and get closer to the inner tributaries that take you deeper into the Peruvian rainforest. Meet the ribereños – local people – and have a chance to learn about their life along the riverbanks. At night, chat with a naturalist about the flora and fauna you saw earlier that day or attempt to spot nocturnal jungle life.
There's a pulse to the Amazon, a kind of undercurrent. Inky waters backed by layers of green forest at once relax and invigorate. Wild birdcalls fill the air. A leafy branch shakes to reveal a troop of clamoring monkeys. Travel aboard the exquisite Delfin II and discover the pristine upper reaches of the legendary Amazon.
Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve is the largest protected seasonal flood forest in South America. The legendary river provides sustenance and utility for the communities who live along the banks, and fosters a staggering level of biodiversity. The exquisite 28-guest Delfin II is perfect for our daily explorations, designed for the river environment and to keep you connected to it. The open airy decks, and the spacious, well-appointed suites with huge windows give you an unending view of life along the Amazon. The chef artfully prepares remarkable dishes using local sustainable ingredients.
Walk, kayak, and swim. Every day, we board 10-person, naturalist-guided skiffs for a variety of outings. On days with low water levels, we'll hike on terra firma to learn about the lavish vegetation of the rain forest. When water levels are too high for walking, the skiffs provide nimble access, allowing us to thread through narrow, inviting tributaries. We also venture to a place where Victoria water lilies can extend over six feet in diameter. Powerful nighttime scopes allow for exciting, evening skiff explorations in search of nocturnal creatures. Skiffs also provide an excellent platform for photography. Our ship is the only one in the region equipped with a fleet of kayaks, providing the rare privilege of intimate up-close experiences in this magical environment. If you happen upon a spectacular jabiru stork, the tallest flying bird in South America, you can stop and observe quietly for as long as you like. Or you may opt to stay on board Delfin II to enjoy a rejuvenating massage. Each day the choice of what to do is yours
Our Amazon wildlife travel focuses on the remarkable Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, backed by two fierce rivers - the Maranon and Ucayali. This is a less-traveled, wilder part of the Amazon, with the highest concentration of bird species on the planet—and you'll see many fascinating examples. You'll take a refreshing swim in a lagoon within the Reserve, and perhaps see the Amazon's famous pink river dolphins tranquilly swimming nearby. And learn fascinating things about the rain forest, including how tannins are washed out by the steady tropical rain, giving the water its mysterious "black" appearance and its romantic nickname: the river of mirrors.
One of the most rewarding and memorable aspects of this Amazon adventure travel is meeting the people who live along the riverbanks, known as riberenos. They seldom have outsiders visiting their village, and are always welcoming, showing us a heartwarming and genuine friendliness. The women of the communities create beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan crafts - from intricate baskets and charming animal replicas, to belts and jewelry. Most of the décor on Delfin II is the handiwork of these women. The local children will beguile you with songs and smiles.
A tradition on all Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions is the gathering of staff and guests each evening to exchange stories about the day's events—a get-together known as "Recap" and it's often one of the most engaging parts of your journey. On the breezy top deck of Delfin II, while you enjoy a cocktail and some hors d'oeuvres our naturalists talk about the highlights and sightings of the day. It's a relaxed time with opportunities for questions and anecdotes. Your expedition leader will outline the next day's activities before everyone heads to dinner.
Uur base for exploration - National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions' Delphin II
Delfin II is a stately riverboat, recently built for the express purpose of exploring deep into the Peruvian Amazon at the headwaters of this mighty river—and doing so in modern tropical style.
With its hardwood floors, rattan-draped sofas, wooden-slat hammocks and graceful, modern design, Delfin II is a perfect base for exploration. The Delfin II is outfitted to help you make the most of your Amazonian adventure — it's where luxury meets intimate adventure travel.
Outdoor areas include the well-designed, comfortable Top Deck, where sofas and chairs invite you to linger with a good book or a pair of binoculars. Enjoy drinks at the bar and unwind on cool, wooden-slat hammocks. The Top Deck is where the natural history staff will give their presentations with maps, large flat-screen plasma and digital technology. There is a small reference Library and the Bridge, where you are welcome to meet the captain and officers.
The air-conditioned dining room's large windows provide panoramic views. A different visual presentation greets you at every meal, which are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Meals on the Delfin II are to be savored. Often special dishes will include sustainable products of the rain forest and sauces made with exotic regional fruits. The chef prepares dishes equal to any five-star restaurant.
We search for the Amazon's rare birdlife and mammals, and explore the tributaries that feed these rivers aboard 10-person skiffs that feature individual seats with cushions and plenty of legroom. Our local naturalists, expert in spotting wildlife, join us in the skiffs. Kayaks offer a quiet way to explore remote, seldom-visited side streams. Guests may swim directly from the skiffs using the convenient swim ladder, weather permitting.
Delfin II accommodates 28 guests in 14 superb outside-facing suites. Each offers a large window or several large windows that look out onto the river and rain forest we're exploring. Every suite aboard is a more than comfortable space to end your active day and begin each morning.
Every spacious suite has a minimalist decor and luxurious overtones, and all are air-conditioned with individual controls. In your suite's bathroom you'll find showers stocked with organic shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. A hairdryer and bathrobes are provided as well as moisturizing lotion, a sunscreen and insect repellant combo, plus an iron and ironing board, though our casual, expedition-style of travel ensures you'll likely have no need to press your clothes for exploring.
Peruvian Amazon Adventure Cruise Itinerary
| 12 May
| 13 May
||Lima / Iquitos / Nauta / Embark
B, L, D
| 14 May
||B, L, D
| 15 May
||Amazon River / Sapuena Village
||B, L, D
| 16 May
||El Dorado River
||B, L, D
| 17 May
||B, L, D
| 18 May
||B, L, D
| 19 May
||Puerto Miguel Village
||B, L, D
| 20 May
||Disembark /Nauta / Iquitos / Lima
| 21 May
Flights can arrive at any time to Lima (LIM) on May 12, 2018, even up until midnight. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm.
Flights for departure on May 21, 2018 can depart at any time from Lima (LIM).
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Today, you'll arrive in Lima and spend the night at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel. Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillon, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As the major point of entry to the country, Lima has developed a tourism industry, characterized by its historic center, archeological sites, nightlife, museums, art galleries, festivals, and traditions. Lima is home to restaurants and bars where local and international cuisine is served
Lima / Iquitos / Nauta / Embark
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Fly to Iquitos today and drive via bus (1 ½ hours) to the riverside town of Nauta, where we embark beautiful Delfin II. Once on board, you are welcomed by hardwood floors, rattan sofas, wooden-slat hammocks and a graceful, modern design. The enthusiastic naturalists and expedition leader will set the informal tone for your expedition, and will introduce you to the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Amazon.. And our chef will introduce you to Peru's haute cuisine and local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair.
Monday, May 14, 2018
The Pucate River is one of the three main rivers in the reserve. Aboard the skiffs and kayaks, you'll explore this black water stream, looking for parrots, macaws and perhaps monkeys, such as the monk saki with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle-back tamarin whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds.
Amazon River and Sapuena Village
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Today, you'll see terra firma, a distinct ecosystem within the Amazon. Hike, or travel by skiff, to see the vegetation and wildlife noticeably different from the seasonally flooded forests. Reaching an important junction of the Amazon headwaters, you'll see where the Ucayali & Maranon rivers merge to form the mighty Amazon River. You'll also visit the Sapuena Village to learn about the life of the ribereños—those who live on the riverbanks.
El Dorado River
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Explore the river to find the giant Amazonian water lily Victoria regia. This beautiful aquatic plant grows in small lagoons known as cochas. Hike a trail with excellent bird watching, and learn about caciques and oropendolas. At the junction of the El Dorado River, look for dolphins, see abundant birdlife or look for iguanas lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the upper canopy. Also, keep watch for squirrel monkeys. Tonight, return to the boat after sunset and explore nocturnal wildlife with a spotlight!
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Today, explore Atun Poza by skiff, looking for lagoon birds such as egrets, herons, jacamars, ringed kingfishers and various raptors. Continue up the Pacaya River to Yanayacu lagoon, where the waters of this lake originate in the very heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. This rainforest is home to red howler and capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths and numerous species of parrots. Today, with luck, you may swim in the vicinity of Amazonian pink river dolphins!
Friday, May 18, 2018
You'll continue exploring by kayak and skiff today, seeing the flowering and fruiting of plants and trees that coincides with the floods of standing water. This is a great time to see the many fish, including piranhas, swim around the trees to feed on the fallen fruit!
Puerto Miguel Village
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Today, you'll stop—by skiff—in Puerto Miguel Village to learn about its culture, traditions and folklore. Back on board, you'll be delighted with some live music.
Disembark / Nauta / Iquitos / Lima
Sunday, May 20, 2018
After lunch today, you'll disembark and return to Iquitos by bus. If we have time, we will visit the manatee rehabilitation center before flying to Lima, where you will stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel for the night.
Depart Lima, Peru
Monday, May 21, 2018
After breakfast this morning, you'll head to the airport in Lima for flights home or onto other adventures!
The monetary unit of Peru is the Nuevo Sol.
Spanish is the national language of Peru, but English is spoken widely.
The climate in Peru varies depending on where we will be. May is cooler in Lima, as it is fall, so be sure to bring warmer clothing as it is cooler and damp (17°C/62°F by day and 11°C/52°F by night). However, closer to the equator in the Amazon, temperatures are much hotter with relative humidity (32°C/89°F by day and 21°C/71°F by night). It is recommended to bring a rain jacket as there will most likely be rain in the rainforests.
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country's consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccination for travel to the Peruvian Amazon. The CDC also recommends that the routine vaccines should be up to date: influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR Vaccine), diphtheria/tetanus/pertissis (DTP Vaccine).
We also recommend that you consult your personal physician for medical advice, showing her or him the itinerary indicating the places you will be visiting. Your physician is most familiar with your personal medical history and is best qualified to determine your particular needs. It is always advisable to have physical and dental check-ups before you leave.
Although the water and food are generally safe in Peru, occasional stomach upsets may occur, and we suggest that you ask your doctor to recommend anti-diarrhea medication. We recommend that you drink bottled water throughout your trip. Bottled water is available at the hotels and on board the ship.
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Lima, Peru (LIM). Most flights arrive in the evening.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Flights can arrive at any time to Lima (LIM) on May 12, 2018, even up until midnight. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. Flights for departure on May 21, 2018 can depart at any time from Lima (LIM).
Airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Please note that there are luggage weight restrictions on the flights between Lima and Iquitos. Each passenger may have one checked bag weighing no more than 23 kilos (approximately 50 pounds) and one carry on weighing no more than 8 kilos (approximately 17 pounds). If you are traveling prior to or after the trip, and will have additional baggage, you may leave behind excess luggage at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Hotel. You can collect this luggage when you return to Lima at the end of the trip.
Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
The Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Hotel is directly across the street from the International Terminal. Transfers from the airport to the hotel are not included, however, you will be able to walk across the street to the hotel. Transfers (and/or luggage assistance) from the Lima hotel to the Lima Airport/Iquitos airport to ship and ship to Iquitos Airport/Lima airport to hotel are all included as needed.
Hotel check-in begins at 3:00PM
Our host hotel in Lima is the Wyndham Costa del Sol. Should you wish to arrive a day early or extend your stay, we recommend booking directly online with the hotel and request a Standard Room so you will not have to change rooms.
The Wyndham Costa del Sol is at the airport, and a cab is necessary to get to the beach and historic district. If you are planning to spend a little more time in Lima, we suggest a Lima hotel that is closer to the Miraflores District.
Getting to your ship
On May 13, you will have breakfast at the hotel and then be taken on a panoramic tour of downtown Lima, which may include a visit to Casa Amiaga, the Larco Herrera Museum, and lunch at the Museo Larco Café and restaurant. After lunch you will be taken to the Lima airport for your flight to Iquitos, which will depart in the late afternoon. Once we arrive in Iquitos, a bus will transfer you to the riverside town of Nauta (approx. 1 ½ hours) to embark the elegant Delphin II in time for dinner.
Our port of embarkation is in Nauta, Peru. When we arrive into Iquitos by plane, we will transfer by bus (approx. 1 ½ hours) to this riverside town and embarkation will begin immediately.
Check-in will be upon arrival to the ship.
Most flights arrive into Lima in the late evening. If you arrive earlier, be aware that hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. Departures on May 20 should be for after 9:00pm, or anytime on May 21. Please be aware that if you choose to depart late night on May 21, hotel check-out is 12 noon.
This trip requires walking on cobblestone streets for a tour in Lima, hiking on uneven, sometimes slippery uphill and downhill terrain, and stairs. Participants are required to be in good physical health. Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this trip.
The ship is air-conditioned throughout. Each cabin has its own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature level in your cabin. Because of the high humidity in the Amazon rainforest, keeping the temperature extremely low inside the cabin can cause electronic equipment to fog up on contact with the warm, humid air outside.
Internet / Phone
There is no email access in the Amazon. Phone access is very sporadic and not reliable.