Skim past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees, go fishing for piranhas, and witness glorious sunsets on our journey to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rain forest. Every day we slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways aboard motorized skiffs, spotting hundreds of bird species as well as sloths, tamarins and caimans.
Life Aboard Delfin II
With its hardwood floors, rattan-draped sofas, wooden slate hammocks and graceful, modern design, Delfin II is more than comfortable as our base for exploration. The only ingredients used by Delfin II's chef that are not local are olive oil and balsamic vinegar – even the chocolates placed on your pillow each night are made on board daily.
The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
This immense seasonal flood forest is delimited by two rivers, which meet in the easternmost corner of the reserve to form the Amazon River. Over 60% of the birds in Peru reside in the reserve, while rare pink river dolphins swim its waters, and red howler monkeys swing through its jungle canopy. We’ll even get a chance to meet the native people – called ribereños – who rely on sustainable fishing, hunting and agriculture, just as their ancestors did
Upper Amazon itinerary:
Capacity: 28 guests in 14 outside suites.
Overall Length: 120 feet.
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.
Public Areas: Outdoor areas include the well-designed, comfortable Top Deck, where sofas and chairs invite you to linger with a good book or a pair of binoculars. Enjoy drinks at the bar and unwind on cool, wooden-slat hammocks. The Top Deck is where the natural history staff will give their presentations with maps, large flat-screen plasma and digital technology. There is a small reference Library and the Bridge, where you are welcome to meet the captain and officers.
Meals: The air-conditioned dining room’s large windows provide panoramic views. A different visual presentation greets you at every meal, which are served in a single seating with unassigned tables. Meals on Delfin II are to be savored. Often special dishes will include sustainable products of the rain forest and sauces made with exotic regional fruits. The chef prepares dishes equal to any five-star restaurant.
Suites: Elegant, air-conditioned guest suites on the Main and Upper Decks all offer exceptional vistas. Each spacious suite has a minimalist décor with a luxurious overtone. Enjoy complimentary organic sun block, insect repellent, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner.
Expedition Equipment: 10-person skiffs — with individual seat cushions and plenty of leg room. Rain ponchos are kept handy in the skiffs and distributed if needed. Rubber boots are provided before an excursion if deemed necessary.
Special Features: Guests may swim directly from the skiffs using the convenient swim ladder, weather permitting.