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Upper Amazon Expedition

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There seems to be a pulse to the Amazon - a kind of undercurrent. Spend unforgettable days in a seldom-seen, cathedral of green, along inky waters that at once relax and invigorate. Wild bird calls echo in the air, while clamoring monkeys shake leafy branches. Join the luxurious Delfin II to discover the pristine upper reaches of the legendary Amazon on this 10-day voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Lima, Peru
Day 2 : Fly to Iquitos | Embark in Nauta
Days 3-8 : Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Day 9 : Nauta | Disembark | Iquitos | Lima
Day 10 : Lima | Return Home

Highlights

  • Explore with veteran expedition leaders & indigenous local guides
  • Get out daily to explore by skiff or walk through the glorious rainforest
  • Make personal kayak explorations
  • Discover a profusion of wildlife, including the famed pink river dolphin

Ship

Delfin II (LI)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

See the Amazon by riverboat excursions While you cruise to Amazon, keep an eye out for its giantlilypads Get up close and personal with the Amazonian vegetation Swimming with pink dolphins Meet local children on your excursions

Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima and spend the night at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Day 2 Fly to Iquitos | Embark in Nauta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, then fly to Iquitos and drive 1 1/2 hours by bus to the riverside town of Nauta, where you embark Delfin II. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky.

Day 3-8 Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Spend this week exploring the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle—stretching more than five million acres, and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water.  

Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.  

Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out Victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night.

Pay a visit to one of the communities on the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños, those who live on the riverbanks, and their age-old traditions. Enjoy watching them make jewelry and other local handicrafts. Learn how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about how the locals find edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle. 

Day 9 Nauta | Disembark | Iquitos | Lima

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy one last morning excursion by skiff to view wildlife. After lunch, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for a late afternoon flight to Lima. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. 

Day 10 Lima | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight home. 

Delfin II (LI)

Costa del Sol

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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Please Note: Charter flights between Lima and Iquitos are not included in your cruise fare. Please contact us for current rates.

Included in Fare:
  • Accommodations aboard ship and in hotel
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalists and a medical assistant
  • Port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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