Delfin I & II
These two luxury riverboat cruises on the Amazon River depart from Iquitos, Peru. Custom built for travel on Amazon rivers, these small ships provide quality boutique-type accommodations with gourmet cuisine, while exploring the world's largest forest and river system.
You may now travel remote Amazon waters with a level of comfort and service that was not available just a few years ago. Delfin Amazon Cruises, has a long term commitment with the Amazon and with all their world-traveling guests. They consider that from the minute you set foot in Iquitos until you depart back home, you deserve top quality services. The guides, skippers, chefs, and crew members — many of them native Amazonians — are experienced and trained professionals as well as charming travel companions. With a crew of 11 on the Delfin I and 20 on the Delfin II, they are sure to provide our clients with personal and undivided attention.
Delfin I & II are two true luxury river vessels that cruises the northern Amazon, and offer extraordinary levels of comfort. Delfin I, made for just 12 passengers, and Delfin II, twice the size for maximum of 30 passengers. The Amazon Cruise itineraries travel the area of the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali Rivers which form the Amazon River and into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Amazon Cruise tour options include itineraries of 4 or 5 days onboard ship. Contact us to confirm departure dates on what works best for you.
All excursions are included with your cruise rate. Some excursions you may enjoy while sailing with us are:
- Canopy discoveries in the treetops
- Hiking & trail walks
- Fishing for piranhas & other underwater creatures
- Swimming with dolphins
- Skiff explorations along the banks
- Visiting native communities
- …and much more!
Departure Dates: Contact us for available cabins during the time you would like to travel.
The Delfin I Amazon River cruises rates above are priced based on per person, double occupancy of suites and master suites.
7 years old minimum on all departures.
Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate.
Single Supplement is +50% in addition to the adult rate on all vessels.
- All meals while on board (arrival day: dinner, cruise days: all meals, departure day: breakfast & lunch)
- All excursions & equipment (including rubber boots & rain ponchos)
- Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights to/from Iquitos (Lima-Iquitos: 10:00 a.m.; Iquitos-Lima: 1 p.m.)
- 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.
- 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.
Your cruise package includes transfers from/to the Iquitos Airport to/from the port of Nauta, where the vessel will depart and set sail from. These included transfers are offered only when arriving and departing with our recommended LAN Airlines flights, which is approximately 5:00 pm for both.
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The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve & the Peruvian Amazon Experience
If you find yourself in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you're doing something right. The blooming soul of the northern Amazon Rainforest is among the most protected biodiversity swaths remaining today in the region, and no other destinations in Peru offer the kind of unbarred access to some of Earth's most elusive creatures and plants.
Just imagine going on a morning boat ride skirting the edges of the river in search of cackling macaws and tree sloths slowly waking up to begin their days, then returning to your vessel with a chilled local fruit juice waiting for you. Or, how about swimming in a mirror-like lagoon that is so calm that it seems preface to a storm, yet instead, you're greeted by rare pink river dolphins jumping up to say "hello,"then your guide offers you a warm towel after your dip? Finally, what better way is there to close out your evening fishing for red-bellied piranhas during a fiery sunset than with a 3-course, individually-crafted gourmet meal made of ingredients sourced from the natural backyard that surrounds you? These and much more are the kinds of details that have been anticipated by the exceptional crew of the Delfins, whose operations have been painstakingly considered to cater to even the most discerning and seasoned explorers who seek styled, boutique experiences along with authenticity and charm.
Low water season: June to October. Ideal for travelers that prefer to walk through the rainforest to discover its flora and fauna. Allows for more trail walks.
High water season: November to May. Ideal for travelers that prefer to duck into otherwise isolated corners of the reserve onboard speed boats. Allows for more extensive exploration and access via water.
- The Delfin vessels thrive in splendid harmony with nature and it's spectacular surroundings. By any standards, our guests appreciate the “noncruise” atmosphere and the sense that you are on board to explore one of the world’s most intriguing and authentic environments.
- The true details that set Delfin apart from others is its dedication to collaborating the rich rainforest ecosystem with its own identity, which permeate through every aspect of the vessels and operations.
- Collected irapay leaves (typically seen on residential huts) form the boats' waterproof roofs, lamps made from spare paiche fish scales highlight common areas, quality woods from the forest form the very boat and Suites, and custom-made repellants and lotions made of natural jungle ingredients serve every guest.
- When lazy afternoons roll around or if you want to gaze at the millions of southern stars set against the blackest of skies, venture to the top deck where soothing lounge space and a bar will lull you into pure relaxation.
- The dress code is casual for all excursions and meals.
- Delfin has made it a highest priority to give back to the Amazon's communities as much as the local people have enriched their travelers' experiences.
- Handmade, custom-designed artisanal wares made by the village women vibrantly enhance every Suite and dining room on board, and often the community men with lightning-fast reflexes accompany trail walks to make sure you don’t miss fast-moving poison dart frogs or slithering anacondas! Visits to these communities bring our travelers together with the local people, allowing for cultural exchange at both ends.
- The rainforest’s various lifestyle have long resolved how to live together in harmony, and Delfin promises to uphold this natural, delicate synergy.
M/V Delfin I
This vessel feature artwork by the women of Puerto Miguel Community and with your help buying this beautiful work you will help us provide the children of this community with enough school aids to be used in the entire school year.
MASTER SUITES: located on the second deck these two master suites of 340 square feet and a private deck of 320 square feet are a little smaller than the ones before, but quite spacious too. Shares the same comforts as our deluxe suites but without whirlpool baths; they features panoramic windows from floor to ceiling and the same amenities as the deluxe suites.
The dining room is located on the second deck. Dining on the Delfin offers an unrivalled level of sophistication and the luxury of tasting simple and natural products. Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the worlds finest and reflects the country’s cultural diversity, the Amazon wild choice of fresh ingredients and the gentle blend of immigrant traditions have created one of the world´s most unique and delicious cuisine.
On the top deck of our vessel, a casually elegant setting creates a welcoming and peaceful environment for those who want to get away from it all. Enjoy luxury and comfort seated on soft, large sofas while seeing the breathtaking sights of the Amazon and brilliant star-gazing at night.
The latest addition to your range of excursions is paddleboarding, available only when sailing on Delfin I! Because of the calm, often ripple-less waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, paddleboarding is a great activity for all ages. The coolness of the river waters over your feet while you brush past the banks, eyeing wildlife, is an experience you won’t want to miss and will not forget.
Built: Fully refurbished by Delfin Amazon Cruises in November 2010
Port of embarkation: City of Nauta
Vessel´s Registry: Perú
Length: 69 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Capacity: 8 passengers
Cruise ship cabins: 2 Deluxe Suites (360 Sq. Ft. = 34 m²), 2 Master Suites (340 Sq. Ft. = 32 m²) and 1 Tour Conductor cabin
Generator: Caterpillar 45KW (encapsulated for noise reduction)
Engine: Cummins 250 HP turbo boosted
Cruising Speed: Average 8 knots
Water: Water treatment plant with 5.0 cubic meter capacity
Radio Communications: VHF, UHF and satellite phone onboard and in-suite internal communications system
Launch Boats: 2 aluminum 8 passenger launch boats, with radio communications with main vessel.
Kayaks: 4 Native brand 16” River 2 person kayaks
M/V DELFIN I Amazon River Cruises Itineraries
M/V Delfin II
MASTER SUITES: Our four spacious master suites are at front of our vessel, with 180° panoramic windows, king sized bed, sheets and bedspread 100% 280-threat Peruvian cotton. All cotton towels and bathrobes, the finest organic amenities, the most wonderful view, individual reading lights, will be the epitome of calming luxury and enjoyment.
SUITES: Our 10 suites have extra large windows that enable you the most breathtaking views, four of them interconnected to cater families, are design with casually elegant interiors that creates a welcoming and restful environment for those who wants to get away from it all yet enjoy luxurious comfort.
On the third deck, you will find that our casual yet comfortable design will allow you to relax between the wonderful adventures of the morning and night activities. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of service, so we are sure you will enjoy relaxing in our terraces soft big sofas or on our spectacular hammock sundeck while you just lie down and watch the river go by. Our barman will always be ready with a choice of international and local liquors for a pre- or post- dinner cocktail. Coffee and tea will always be available for you.
Built in: 2009
Type of vessel: river vessel
Vessel´s Registry: Perú
Port of embarkation: Nauta City
Length: 120 feet (40mt)
Beam: 30 feet (9.30mt)
Draft: 7’3’’ (2.25mt)
Capacity: 28 passengers
Cruise ship cabins: 4 Master Suites (230 Sq. Ft. = 22 m²), 10 Suites (210 Sq. Ft. = 20 m²) and 2 Tour Conductor cabins.
Generator: 2 Caterpillar 55 (encapsulated for noise reduction)
Engine: Caterpillar 350 HP turbo boosted
Cruising Speed: Average 8 to 10 knots.
Water: Water treatment plant with 7.0 cubic meter capacity
Radio Communications: VHF, UHF and satellite phone onboard
Launch boats: 3 aluminum 12 passenger boats equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; radio communication with main vessel, life jackets and flares.
Kayaks: 5 Native brand 16” River 2 person kayaks
M/V DELFIN II Amazon River Cruises Itineraries
ADONAI RODRIGUEZ – NATURALIST
RENINGER COQUINCHE – NATURALIST
JUAN LUIS IHUARAQUI – NATURALIST
RUDY FLORES LOZANO – NATURALIST
DENIS GONZALES – NATURALIST
GREGORY PAQUAY – CRUISE DIRECTOR
PORTS OF EMBARCATION
The Peruvian kitchen is considered one of the world’s finest and reflects the country’s intrinsic cultural diversity.The gentle blend of immigrant traditions throughout history into Peru has created one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. This is why dining aboard Delfin is truly a comprehensive gastronomic, cultural, and historic adventure.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL TO THE AMAZON?
The Amazon basically has 2 seasons: the high water (sometimes called flooded season) and the low water (sometimes called dry) season. Both offer rich rewards, fabulous sites, and amazing opportunities to view plant and animal life. The Amazon Basin is as rich, lush, and green as it is because it gets an abundance of rain (12 feet a year on average). In a typical year, that totals 200 rainy days, which means that there will be days of heavy rain even in the low water season. Also it is hot in the Amazon any time of year. Two key points to remember, as you choose between the Amazon in flooded season or in dry season: there will be some rain whichever season you choose, and yet you will see spectacular wildlife and plant life whether you go in wet or dry season.
SHOULD I BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE? IS IT WORTH IT?
ARE CABINS ASSIGNED IN ADVANCE?
Yes. A Suite or Upgraded Suite will be assigned to you when we confirm your reservation. All suites are described and numbered in both Deck Plan documents. You may request a specific suite or cabin depending on your preference and we will assign it if available. All Suites on both vessels have outward-facing panoramic windows, giving every cabin a river view. The Master Suites on Delfin II and Deluxe Master Suites on Delfin I have even larger windows that offer you breathtaking views of the passing landscape. The dawn light will awaken you in the mornings, and you can see what the weather is like without leaving your Suite.
DO I NEED ANY SHOTS BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE AMAZON?
No specific vaccination or preventative treatments are required to enter Peru (including malaria and yellow fever). Yellow fever is recommended though we have never heard of anyone contracting yellow fever anywhere in Peru or neighboring countries. To reference, the USA Center of Disease for travel to Peru nevertheless requires a current yellow fever vaccination for trips to rain forest regions. This vaccination is normally required or recommended for all rainforest regions around the world. Malaria pills are recommended usually when traveling to tropical regions but the places we cruise are Malaria Free Places. No anopheles mosquitoes (which are known to carry the disease) proliferate in the areas which we cruise in. For more specific details, we encourage you to discuss with your doctor. BTW - research has shown that some mosquitoes are more attracted to people wearing dark colors (black, navy blue, red).
DO YOU HAVE INSECT REPELLENT AND SUNSCREEN PROTECTION AVAILABLE?
IS MOTION SICKNESS EVER A PROBLEM
Not really. Even though the main Amazon River looks like an open sea, we will be sailing in tributaries and creeks that are some of the calmest waters in the world with almost no waves. In addition, stabilizers and advance availability of accurate weather information have decreased the incidence of motion sickness. And while navigating by skiff deeper into the flooded forest, a smaller tributary may soon take you to calm, mirrored water.
CAN WE DRINK THE WATER ABOARD THE DELFIN I OR DELFIN II?
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING? ARE THERE PORTERS AVAILABLE AT THE AIRPORT AND THE PIER?
We allow you to bring as much luggage as you like, but suggest the use of soft suitcases/bags for easy storage. We have special storage for extra luggage at our embarkation port in Nauta city, so we can keep them well stored and locked until you disembark. How much you bring, however, may be determined by the airlines, which have limits on both checked and carry-on baggage, so you will need to check for your specific flights. Porters are available at both the airport and our port in Nauta. They will make sure that your bags arrive well at our private embarkation port storage facility and to your Suite. At the embarkation port, you may also tell the guides if there is any luggage you would like to be stored at our facilities so they can give you a special identification tag.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Life is casual aboard both Delfins. Bring comfortable walking shoes, light-weight long pants, and long-sleeved tops, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, extra socks, mosquito repellent with DEET, bathing suits and of course, your camera, with charger and extra batteries on excursions. Binoculars are very important to enjoy the wildlife (provided on Delfin I, not provided on Delfin II). Don’t forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals (t-shirts, pens, and paper are especially prized, and perhaps some chocolates or candies for little kids). During meals in the dining room, we ask our guests to wear casual clothing and shoes. We provide rubber boots for wetland excursions and wet landings, and recommend taking comfortable walking shoes. We also provide waterproof ponchos with hoods to protect against rain. Our Suites all have 220-110 volt outlets.
WHAT CURRENCY IS USED IN PERU?
HOW DO I PAY FOR PURCHASES ON BOARD?
You will be asked to sign for every drink at the time you order it. Please keep track of your consumption of alcoholic beverages in order to avoid any confusion at the end of the cruise. You can pay your bar bill, as well as for any purchases in the boutique, either in U.S. dollars or with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express cards. The same goes for any Spa treatments or other charges. Should you decide to use American Express, you will require a 4-digit PIN from your credit card company. We suggest you get in touch with your credit card company ahead of time for this information.
WHAT ABOUT TIPPING?
We are often asked what gratuity is appropriate for guides and crew, and our response is that the quality of service should determine the amount of any tip. From past experience, we recommend an amount in the range of US $120 per passenger for the crew (to be divided among all the crew members and guides). Please bear in mind that this is merely a suggestion, since we believe that gratuities are a very personal matter. Tips are recommended in US Dollars or Peruvian Soles.
WHAT IS PERU’S TIME ZONE?
(UTC-05:00) The time in Peru is the same as Eastern Standard Time in the United States. Daylight Savings Time is not practiced.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN IQUITOS?
IF WE GO ON AN IQUITOS-BASED TOUR WITH YOU, HOW WILL WE GET AROUND?
We have a set of vehicles that make your transfer easy and comfortable. They vary by size (sedan, van, bus, etc) depending on the number of travelers in your group. All of them come with air conditioning, are clean and modern, and come equipped with drinks (water, sodas) and snacks so you can replenish yourself throughout the day. Your private chauffeur will be at your disposal for the time of your tour, as well as your local guide.
WHAT ARE THE DEPOSITS, PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CANCELLATION POLICY?
- A $600 deposit per person is required to confirm your reservation (plus any bank wire fees)
- Final payment for all programs is due 90 days prior to departure.
- Final payment will be automatically charged to the credit card used for deposit on the due date unless you make alternate arrangements prior to the final payment due date.
- Travel Insurance is highly recommended (and policy options will be provided): There is $300 per person cancellation fee from time of booking to 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation fee of 100% of the full program cost per person from 89 to 0 days prior to departure.
The Amazon Rainforest is named after the Amazon River, the live force of the jungle. It is a unique ecosystem that harbors 1/3 of all living species in the world! The total extent of this incomparable tropical jungle is estimated in comparison to the complete land area of the United States. 28 billion gallons of its waters flow into the Atlantic every minute, diluting the salinity of the ocean for more than 100 miles offshore The Amazon watershed is home to the world’s highest biodiversity. As well, it is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet, and its biodiversity is so astounding that scientists regularly discover new species of flora and fauna.
All our Amazon tours may be combined with other explorations in Peru.