Upper Amazon Expedition Cruise

Lindblad Expeditions
See the Amazon by riverboat excursions
Lindblad Expeditions
While you cruise to Amazon, keep an eye out for its giantlilypads
Lindblad Expeditions
Get up close and personal with the Amazonian vegetation
Maria Campbell
Swimming with pink dolphins
Lindblad Expeditions
Meet local children on your excursions
The dining room on the Delfin
Lindblad Expeditions
Relax on the Delfin II's open-air deck
There seems to be a pulse to the Amazon - a kind of undercurrent. Inky waters lined with klayers of green forest 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 1

Arrive in Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima and spend the night at the Costa del Sol Ramada.

Day 2

Fly to Iquitos / Embark in Nauta

Fly to Iquitos today and drive 1 1/2 hours by bus to the riverside town of Nauta, where you can embark 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 set an informal tone for your expedition. And your chef introduces you to Peru’s haute cuisine and local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair.

Days 3-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Never does nature seem more bountiful than here in the tropics. The wildlife and the biodiversity are tremendous, and with experienced naturalists at your side, understanding comes more easily. The Pucate River is one of the three main rivers in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. Aboard the skiffs and kayaks, 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.

Experience one of the principal ecosystems within the Amazon basin: terra firma. Disembark and hike to see the vegetation and wildlife, distinctly different from the seasonally flooded forests. For those not interested in hiking, it is well worth traveling up-river by skiff. Reach an important junction of the Amazon headwaters, where the Ucayali & Marañon rivers merge to form the mighty Amazon River. Visit the Sapuena Village to learn about the life of the ribereños. or those who live on the riverbanks.

Venture 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 and see abundant birdlife. Sharp eyes may find an iguana lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the upper canopy. A watch is also kept for squirrel monkeys. Return to Delfin II after sunset in order to see nocturnal life along the river.

Sail further into the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve. From December through May explore Atun Poza by skiff. Look for lagoon birds such as egrets, herons, jacamars, ringed kingfishers and various raptors. If the river levels are sufficiently low, a short walk to a local community is offered. From June through November, hike through a rich ecosystem, passing through a classical tropical rain forest. Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. The goal is to reach the giant “ceiba” or kapok tree with its immense trunk diameter.

By skiff, depart for your furthest point in the journey, up the Pacaya River to Yanayacu lagoon. The waters of this lake originate in the very heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. This rainforest wilderness 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!

Continue exploring by kayak and skiff. From January through July, rivers flood and lowland forests have more than three feet of standing water at the base of trees. Flowering and fruiting coincides with this flooding and many fish, including piranhas, swim around the trees to feed on the fallen fruit (so the super-carnivore reputation of piranhas as a bloody-thirsty fish is quite exaggerated!). From July through December, search for the shorebirds that appear only at this time of year. When the river is very low, huge white sandy beaches emerge and young, sometimes temporary river islands form, creating special ecosystems favorable to sand pipers, terns and kingfishers. By skiff stop at Puerto Miguel Village to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. Back on board, your talented staff on Delfin II delights you with some live music.

Day 9

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark in Nauta / Iquitos / Fly to Lima, Peru

After lunch disembark and return to Iquitos by bus. There is time to visit the manatee rehabilitation center before flying to Lima. In Lima, proceed to the Costa del Sol Ramada for the night.

Day 10

  • Breakfast

Lima / Return Home

Following breakfast, transfer to airport for independent onward flights.

 SuiteSingle SuiteMaster Suite
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

Included in Far:
Aboard ship
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of our expedition staff
- The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations

- Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- Transfers to and from group flights
- The expertise of our expedition staff

- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

Not Included:
- International and internal airfare
- Additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Expedition extensions
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spa treatments
- Gratuities
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature