Delfin III is such a perfectly adapted vessel that even Mother Nature would be proud. While cruising in the Amazon, guests can explore one of the world's largest rainforests and immerse themselves in one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth.
Each of the on-board naturalists takes Delfin III's guests on daily expeditions aboard a comfortable boat, walking deep into the Amazon tributaries and into the humid Amazon rainforest. A true Liberenhos, or "River Dweller", an English-speaking Amazonian expert on board, who grew up on the banks of the Amazon and knows every call of a bird or mammal and the voice of a mother. There's the local ability to spot white-throated sloths roosting high in the treetops, anacondas gliding along the coastline, and the elusive capybaras hiding in the tall grass after dark.
Parrots, hummingbirds, hawks and laughing hawks can be seen in the black waters of the Yana Yak Pucate River (a protected area within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve). Pink and gray dolphins swim below and red howler monkeys swim in the upper canopy. Zoom in on exotic spiders, dragonflies, butterflies and tarantulas. You might even catch a glimpse of the endangered charapa giant tortoises, spider monkeys, giant otters and scarlet macaws.
Peru's largest protected area, Pacaya Samiria boasts over 5 million hectares of rich biodiversity. Throughout the day, expert naturalist guides will show you more than 527 species of birds, 102 species of mammals, 69 species of reptiles, 58 species of amphibians, nearly 300 species of fish, 1024 species of wild and cultivated plants, countless Helps identify species of insect flora and fauna. .
Special onboard experiences are presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Climb another tributary to visit the local community of Santa Ana Village. Here guests are pampered with enchanting dance performances by children set to the music of their parents. After the show, guests will have the opportunity to shop at the handicraft market.
The Momon tributaries lead to the Borra villages, and the Borora retain many of their own beliefs and customs. After landing, guests will meet members of the Bora Her community, visit a ceremonial hut (maloka), and watch his performance of an exciting traditional stick dance.
Upon arrival in Iquitos, you will be greeted by a member of the Amazon Discovery team. A short trip in an air-conditioned coach takes you through bustling streets steeped in the city's historic flair, with rickshaws, colorful tuk-tuks, and his 19th-century mansion propped up by rubber booms.
Originally inhabited by Native American hunter-gatherers, Iquitos was founded as a port city during Spanish colonial times. In the late 19th century, the demand for rubber increased and many Europeans migrated to the area. While this "rubber boom" brought great prosperity and economic development, it also had a devastating effect on the local population.
Upon arrival at Itaya Port, board the Amazon Discovery and enjoy cocktails and a festive welcome dinner as you depart the port and cruise into the Amazon.