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Explore the Amazon by kayak

Upper Amazon

Roundtrip Lima - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Delfin II
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Embark on a 10-day Amazon cruise aboard the Delfin II, from Lima to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Explore the wilderness by skiff, kayak, and on foot, encountering diverse wildlife like sloths, monkeys, and vibrant bird species. Discover remarkable creatures such as pink dolphins and piranhas. Swim in a serene lake and witness the magnificent Victoria amazonica. Visit local communities engaged in sustainable projects and learn about initiatives supporting handicrafts and women's health. Experience the wonders of the Amazon on this unforgettable adventure.
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Highlights
  • Explore the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a pristine jungle spanning over 5 million acres
  • Watch for elusive Amazon wildlife like pink river dolphins, monk saki monkeys, piranhas, and scarlet macaws
  • Explore Lima's UNESCO World Heritage designated city
  • Visit local ribereños communities and see the projects supported by a local
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, Peru’s thriving capital, and transfer to the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol, connected to the airport. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. Opt to arrive early for a Lima pre-voyage extension staying at the iconic Country Club Lima Hotel. The extension adds just a day to the expedition and gives you a chance to rest, relax, and see this UNESCO World Heritage-designated city.

Day 2: Iquitos | Nauta | Embark

After breakfast, fly to Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. 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

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 diverse flora and fauna. The reserve is bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, two powerful rivers that 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 rainforest on narrow tributaries. Look for 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 sunset 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.

One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the Upper Amazon of Peru is the interaction you can have with the local ribereños, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks. Visit one of the local communities and see the projects that are supported through a local nonprofit, including a variety of handicrafts, women’s health initiatives, and sustainable farming.

Day 9: Nauta | Disembark | Iquitos | Lima

Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the drive to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, where you can visit Museo Larco and celebrate with a farewell dinner. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Day 10: Lima

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

Ship/Hotel

Delfin II

The dining room on the Delfin
Relax on the Delfin II's open-air deck
Quiet and comfortable is a hallmark of the Delfin II's decor

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$8,170 2-3 travelers
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Two twin bed, can be combined for matrimonial bed. Features large window, closet, chair, and desk. Spacious en suite facilities.
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Two twin bed, can be combined for matrimonial bed. Features large window, closet, chair, and desk. Spacious en suite facilities.
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Master Suite
King-size bed. Features wrap-around windows, closet, chair, and desk. Spacious en suite facilities.

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
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Mini bar consumptions
  • Natural juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water, select alcoholic drinks, domestic beers, and house wines with lunch & dinner
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Natural juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water, alcoholic drinks (except for prime brands), domestic beers & house wines
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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