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Sail the legendary Amazon river on this 5-day luxury cruise aboard the Delfin. Encounter the local and remote villages that line the river and search for the mysterious pink river dolphin which lives between its shores. This Amazon cruise treats travelers to an exciting journey on South America's most famous river.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Iquitos| Embark
Day 2 : Fundo Casual | Yanayacu Pucate
Day 3 : Canopy Walk | Nauta Cano Creek
Day 4 : Yarapa River
Day 5 : San Francisco Community | Disembark | Iquitos


  • Explore the Marañon & Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Visit the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals
  • Kayak in calm creeks and lakes, swim with dolphins, or fish for piranhas



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  • Small Ship

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Day 1 Arrive Iquitos| Embark

Arrive in Iquitos and transfer by bus to Nauta, where the Delfin is docked. Board the Delfin and explore the ship before happy hour. Attend dinner in the dining room and, when finished, join your guides on the top observation deck to learn about your journey.

Day 2 Fundo Casual | Yanayacu Pucate

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, join your guides for exploration by skiff and a jungle trail walk. Take a hike through the unique, flooded ecosystem and observe the canopy trees and buttress roots of the forest.

After lunch, sail for Yanayacu Pucate and explore the National Reserve. Take an aluminum skiff to sail deeper into the rainforest, viewing wonderful flora and fauna, paddle boarding, and swimming with dolphins.

Day 3 Canopy Walk | Nauta Cano Creek

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, take a catamaran journey and arrive at the only canopy walkway in the area. The walkway provides spectacular views of the Amazon's wildlife and vegetation. Hike through the pristine and unique ecosystem of the Amazon, passing through a classic tropical rainforest with emergent trees and canopy trees reaching up to 55 meters in height. Many trees have buttress roots which often extend high up the trunks, while palms are abundant and many of them have stilt roots. Biologically, this kind of forest is one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. Perhaps catch sight of the giant otters, which feature large bodies, dark fur, and spotted throats. The otters nest in a small stream inside the forest and are easily spooked. The forest is also ideal for spotting birds such as the bluish-fronted jacamar or collared trogons. Canoe through to Tawampa Lake and hope to see the giant arapaima, the largest freshwater fish in the world.

Eat lunch on board before arriving at Jacinto Lake or Nauta Cano, areas full of small creeks and lagoons. Sail or kayak quietly near the shore and explore marshes, streams, and oxbows. Take a skiff to try piranha fishing. There are 25 different species of piranha in the Amazon basin, including black, white and red bellied.

In the evening, begin a night safari in search of night herons, paupaques, owls, and fish bats. You may also see spectacled and black caimans.

Day 4 Yarapa River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today exploring the Yarapa River. In the morning, kayak along the broad, white sandy beaches and river island. Search for shore birds such as sandpipers, terns, black skimmers, egrets, jabirus, wood storks, and kingfishers. Continue your explorations in the afternoon by skiff.

Day 5 San Francisco Community | Disembark | Iquitos

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning, board a skiff and stop at the village of San Francisco. Take the chance to meet the local villagers and learn about their culture, traditions, and folklore. Shop at the local market and enjoy a final kayaking opportunity. Reboard the Delfin I and enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Nauta. Visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals to learn about manatees and other threatened species. Take the hour-and-a-half bus ride back to Iquitos and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights.


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Delfin's Master Suite.
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The Master Suites are located on the second deck and feature a private deck, panoramic windows, mini-bar, in-suite seating area with a sofa bed, fine Peruvian linens, environmentally-friendly amenities, and silent A/C.
Delfin's Deluxe Master Suite.
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Deluxe Suite
A Deluxe Suite features a king size bed, whirlpool, mini-bar, in-suite seating area with a sofa bed, fine Peruvian linens, environmentally-friendly amenities, and silent A/C.


Single supplement is 50% in addition to the adult rate.

Child policy: 7 years old minimum on all departures. Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate. 

Rate Includes:
  • All meals while on board 
  • All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving/departing on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (both around 5 PM)
  • 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

Rate Excludes:
  • Air tickets to/from Iquitos
  • Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
  • Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: US$ 120.00)
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumptions
  • Boutique purchases
  • Mini bar consumptions


  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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