Day 1: Arrival
06:00 am. Breakfast Buffet
Dawn and dusk are ideal times for nature observation, and an early rise is therefore highly recommended. On your first morning, coffee will wake us up, and pancakes will be a delicious choice for this morning of adventure and surprises.
07:00 am. Yanallpa exploration, Belluda Stream or Jungle walks
Rainy Season (Dec May) Belluda Stream exploration.
Aboard the skiffs, we will explore this black water stream and start learning about the rainforest. You are now in the Pacaya-Samiria national reserve, where you will have the chance to see its amazing wildlife. From the skiff you can easily spot parrots, macaws and monkeys, such as the monk Saki monkey with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle-back tamarin monkey, whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds.
It's also a good spot to see the beautiful morpho butterfly that flaps lazily along open corridors through forest or along river edges of lowland forest on sunny days. Different species of hawks will also be found and if we are lucky we'll see the noisy - laughing falcon, named after its loud falsetto call as it sits solitary in secondary forest and plantations.
Dry Season (Jun Nov) Hiking at the community of Yanallpa
During the dry season, you can visit the community of Yanallpa and explore two different kinds of ecosystems: flooded forest and terra firme forest. After disembarking at this native village, we'll start our morning hike. This walk affords excellent opportunities for spotting transitional species such as the snail kite, black tailed ant bird, manikins, tanagers, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, nun birds, orioles, blackbirds, etc.
You'll also see tall trees filled with epiphytes, woody vines and many varieties of palm trees. After an hour we'll reach a lovely lagoon where two dugout canoes await us in the midst of one of the most remote, least visited areas in the world. This lagoon is filled with endangered and unique fresh water fish, such as the paiche, the largest in the Amazon basin, which can weigh more than 80kg (170 lbs). The paiche is considered a delicacy, and you can often hear them when they rise to the surface. We'll also look for the peculiar crested hoatzin bird with its olive-colored plumage. Hoatzins live in small family groups along forested swamps and oxbow lakes.
We will then hike back to the skiffs, where icy towels will refresh us, while we continue exploring the surrounding wildlife. There's a good chance of spotting the smallest monkey in the world, the pygmy marmoset, seen only at its sap-sucking sites low on tree trunks.
11:00 am. Back to the boat
We will continue upstream towards our next destination.
12:30 pm. Lunch
After emerging from the depths of the forest, you'll be treated to a world-class gourmet meal.
Our young and innovative chef will surprise your sophisticated palates, while introducing you to the pleasures of Peru´s haute cuisine. Our gourmet menu has been designed especially to please you. The menu features glorious fresh fish and other local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair and our personal touch.
03:30 pm. El Dorado River exploration
We will head for this spectacular spot within the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve In the skiffs, where you will also experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. Enjoy a unique opportunity to swim among the dolphins.
On the river you will experience abundant wildlife and nature in all of its exuberance while we search for the Amazon river's transitional forest specialties such as snail kites, festive parrots, endangered scarlet macaws, olive spotted hummingbirds, Amazonian parrotlets, wood creepers, among others.
Prehistoric looking iguanas laze in the sun while we travel along the shoreline searching for whatever the jungle has to offer us. Squirrel Monkeys are very active at this time of the day, when they move in large noisy troops at mid- to upper-levels of primary and secondary lowland forest.
07:00 pm. Back to the boat
We will continue to navigate towards our next destination.
08:00 pm. Dinner
The service continues. Desserts are also a wonderful treat on our menu.
09:30 pm. Relaxation on board
Our staff and guides will be there to answer any question about what we have already seen and visited. While feeling the warm breeze of the Amazon night, fine cigars and after dinner drinks will be available before you fall asleep to the musical sounds of the jungle. Don´t forget to look up at the sky, where the feast continues, with millions of sparkling stars set against the deep black night or perhaps a full moon that lights up the entire river.
Day 3: Pacaya
River Atun Poza Lagoon
4: Yarapa River Puerto Miguel Village Nauta
07:00 am. Breakfast Buffet
The smell of fresh ground toasted coffee will be the wakeup call this morning and as usual you will continue enjoying all the different types of local fresh fruit for a good start to the morning.
08:00 am. Yarapa River Exploration and Puerto Miguel Village Visit
On board our skiffs we will stop at the village of Puerto Miguel to meet local villagers. You will have the chance to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. You may also visit one of the villager's homes, to see how they live and the simplicity of their lifestyle and purchase some of the handcrafts they make.
After visiting the village, we will explore the Yarapa river, where there's a good chance that you'll see squirrel and capuchin monkeys, herons, egrets and green iguanas. We will reach a beautiful lagoon called Uvos, named after a fruit that grows wild along its shores. Pink river dolphins ply its waters in search of fish. The forest also boasts abundant flora including a variety of bromeliads and orchids. Monkeys love these surroundings.
11:00 am. Back to the vessel: We will continue sailing downstream to the confluence of the Ucayali and the Marañon, birthplace of the Amazon River. Dolphins delight in this special setting.
This is also the time to gather all of your things and pack your bags.
12:30 pm. Lunch
This will be your last lunch with us, so our chef will treat you to a real feast of flavors and colors, having designed a sophisticated menu featuring the best of Amazonian haute cuisine.
13:30 pm. disembark at the port of Nauta
We will disembark at our port in Nauta, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Iquitos.
13:40 pm. Visit to a Local ONG Minga Perú
We will go the visit the Minga Perú ONG, a social responsible non-profit organization committed to foster social justice though the promotion of better health and higher standards of live, quality of living and sustainable management of natural resources. This is located in the main Plaza of Nauta city.
04:45 pm. Arrive at Iquitos Airport
Our personnel will help you check in, and say goodbye.
06:10 pm. Flight departs for Lima (B,L)
|All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributaries level may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain´s discretion.|
Delfin I: Every Monday: Jan 31; Feb 7,14,21; Mar 7,13,28; Apr 4,11,17,25; May 2,9,16,23,30; Jun 6,13,20,27;
Jul 11,18,25; Aug 1,8,15,22,29; Sep 5,12,19,25; Oct 3,9,17,24,31; Nov 7,13,21,28; Dec 5,12,19,26
Delfin II: Every Sunday: Jan 9,23; Feb 6,27; Mar 6,13,27; Apr 3; May 29; Jun 12,19,26; Jul 10,17,24,31;
Aug 7,21,28; Oct 9,16,23; Dec 11,25
- The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid with average annual maximum temperature of 33°C (95°F) and minimum of 21°C (70°C)
- The dry season is from May to November. The wet season is from December to April.
- The seasons feature differences in the plant and animal life as well as in the climate.
- All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain´s discretion.
- Bring comfortable soft-soled shoes, light-weight trousers and long-sleeved tops, hat, sun glasses, lightweight rain gear, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, BINOCULARS, camera and spare batteries.
- Do not forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals. (T-shirts, pens and paper are especially prized).
- Tipping is expected by the crew and the guides, envelopes will be provided in your cabin (suggested amount is US$120 per passenger).
Prices per person:
include: All meals while on board. All excursions. Transfer
to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights. Entrance Fee to Pacaya
Samiria and Yanallpa Private Natural Reserve.
Rates Do Not Include: Air Tickets to and from Iquitos. Bar and Boutique purchases. Cost of Medical Emergencies (including evacuation) Tipping (Ammount suggested per guest: US$ 110.00).
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