Delfin III A new luxury ship on the Amazon River from Iquitos, Peru! The Amazon Delfin III offers premier service in 22 cabins.
Few things have the power to put us in our place like a total immersion in nature. And few places have the staggering breadth of natural diversity that exists along the Amazon. From the moment you touch down in these teeming environs you’ll find your priorities are clarified and your life returns to balance. This expedition into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon jungle provides a unique opportunity to explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world — and gain a deep understanding of one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth.
Guided by local, English-speaking naturalists you’ll enjoy daily excursions into the forests and up black water tributaries to hidden lagoons, magical lakes, and native villages. Every step of the way, your guide will entertain you with the history of the region, enlighten you with facts about the flora and fauna, and point out wildlife hiding in the jungle canopy, lazing on the riverbanks, or swimming in the water below.
“Dawn and dusk are the perfect times to see nature in all her glory. For this reason, most excursions occur at the edges of the day, with mid-day reserved for relaxing siestas on board.” Awaken each day to thick beams of morning sunlight breaking through the forest canopy. Sip cool beverages on deck as dugout canoes glide by carrying fresh produce to market. Hike the terra firma for up-close encounters with rare birds, extraordinary insects, and exotic mammals.
The ship Delfin III offers guests an immersive rainforest experience while simultaneously treating them to the highest levels of luxury. This brand new vessel is also the largest in the Delfin fleet, with capacity for up to 43 passengers. The ship has been beautifully finished with the finest details, hardwood floors, designer furniture, and handmade Peruvian artifacts. The itineraries have been carefully planned and are set to offer an unforgettable experience. Guests will have no shortage of up close rainforest experience and gourmet food to compliment.
Guests have the option of four room classes. On the first deck there are 8 Suites complete with floor to ceiling panoramic windows as well as 2 spacious Corner Suites facing the front of the ship. The second deck is comprised of 10 Upper Suites and the largest of all, the Owner's Suite. The top deck features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and of course the bar.
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• Explore the rich biodiversity, go piranha fishing, and embark on a night safari in Pacaya Samiria Reserve area.
• Participate in an enlightening cultural exchanges with the local indigenous people.
• See the magnificent Pink River Dolphins.
• Witness the confluence of the Ucayali & Marañon Rivers, where the mighty Amazon begins.
• Try your hand at bottle-feeding endangered manatees in Iquitos’ Manatee Rescue Center.
• Enjoy Peruvian cuisine which has earned a worldwide reputation for its dazzling blend of indigenous Inca, South American, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and African influences. On board you’ll savor an innovative menu of traditional Peruvian specialties as well as Western favorites, all made with fresh, locally grown ingredients. As a special treat during your journey, you may join in hands-on cooking demonstrations to learn about the native fruits and vegetables and assist in preparing simple, local dishes.
DELFIN III - 2017 RATES & DATES (contact us for special discounted departures, groups, or charters)
2017 Rates Per Person
2017 Departure Dates
1. Single Supplement is an additional 50% of per person rate.
2. Child policy: 7 years old minimum on all departures. Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 20% discount from the adult rate.
3. Reservations require a $600 per person deposit and final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Reservations made 90 days or less prior to departure: A full, non-refundable payment is required to confirm the booking.
4. Cancelation Terms (per person): Cancellations made 151 days or more before departure: The deposit will be refunded, less a USD$ 200.00 service charge per person. Cancellations made 150 to 91 days prior to departure: All deposits are non-refundable.
Cancellations made 90 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.
5. Due to the rural nature of area travel, we are unable to accommodate children under age 7.
6. The ship does not have elevators, and is not handicapped or wheelchair-accessible.
- 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 Iquitos (both 17:00hr)
- Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
- Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water
- Air tickets to/from Iquitos
- Wire transfer fees for payments ($45 each transfer)
- Cost of medical emergencies (including evacuation)
- Gratuities (amount suggested per guest: US$ 120.00)
- Any additional transportation services
- Any additional bar consumptions
- Boutique purchases
• Transfers to/from Iquitos Airport (IQT) to Embarkation/Disembarkation Points.
Notes: 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. Here are some occurrences that may arise where Delfin Amazon Cruises may assist for an additional charge: Supposing the passenger arrives earlier than the recommended arrival time of around 5:00 pm the arrival day of their cruise. We may arrange them to be privately taken from Iquitos airport into the city, enjoy a comprehensive and expertly led city tour, and/or taken to a restaurant. Supposing the passenger arrives later than the recommended arrival time of around 5:00 pm the arrival day of their cruise, and needs private transportation to the port of Nauta and then a private boat to catch the vessel.
While cruising the Amazon River, guests will explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world, and immerse themselves in the most biologically diverse region on earth. The itineraries have been carefully crafted to showcase the best flora and fauna that the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve have to boast, along with offering ideal soft adventure excursions for travelers to further discover the secrets of the Peruvian Amazonia.
All activities are optional, although we encourage all guests to tempt their adventurous side. 2-3 times daily excursions (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) may include but are not limited to kayaking in the calm creeks and lakes, swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas at sunset, skirting the riverbanks in search of playful creatures, birdwatching, trail walks, and visits to local communities to interact with the native people. Optional early birdwatching excursions before breakfast are also available for those who are up for the challenge!
HIGH WATER SEASON (November to May)
LOW WATER SEASON (May to October)
NOTE: The daily itineraries are scheduled guidelines and it is important to allow room for the unpredictable and unexpected surprises that make each trip unique. We find it is more satisfying to let the jungle, the weather, and our naturalist guides lead the way. We trust the expert guides to modify the itinerary for the particular interests and safety of the group.
NOTE: You are welcome to add an overnight in Iquitos and have time to browse around this exotic town at your own pace. You can explore the city's tourist sights, shop, relax at Ari's Burger cafe, and even ride on a motorized rickshaw. An array of activities like a city tour, visit to the local zoo, and meals at local restaurants, may also be arranged (at an additional cost).
Your Onboard Experience
On board the Delfin III, the rainforest is never far away yet five-star comforts and conveniences abound. At 170 feet, this intimate yet spacious river-ship is uniquely capable of providing an unforgettable Amazon River experience. The beautiful hard wood use throughout the ship is sustainably harvested from the local rainforest. Colorful, handmade Peruvian textiles, ancient tools, and artwork from local villages decorate the ship.
The open-air Sun Deck is the hub of activity on the Delfin III. Here you can practice yoga or savor a rich Peruvian coffee as you watch the sunrise. Curl up with a book on a cushioned chaise or go for a dip in the sparkling plunge pool. And in the evening, gather in the shaded lounge to sip Pisco Sours as you revel in the sounds of the jungle coming to life.
In the heat of the Amazonian afternoons, the elegant, air-conditioned Canopy Lounge keeps you connected to the rainforest with floor-to-ceiling, panoramic windows and locally inspired decor. Here, cultural performances, lively discussions with expert naturalists, Peruvian cooking classes, and nightly entertainment enrich and delight as the ship’s staff cater to your every whim.
ANDES DINING ROOM
In the Andes Dining Room, the ship’s expert culinary team will present you with dazzling creations prepared from local ingredients, each dish infused with flavors and inspiration from the rainforest around you. As you take in the passing scenery, you’ll delight in menus featuring roasted meats, lightly grilled fish, flavorful vegetables, sun-ripened tropical fruits, and decadent desserts.
Since ancient times, the Amazon rainforest has been the ultimate source of mystique-filled cures and exotic elixirs. In the serene Rainforest Spa, this tradition continues with indulgent remedies – Yucamani stone massages, soothing avocado wraps, invigorating coffee-cacao scrubs that promote wellness and rejuvenation for the mind and body. For those that prefer to relax with a good work out, there is also an on board gym.
Guests will embark and disembark from the Main Deck,
the home of 8 Suites and 1 single, as well as the two Corner Suites.
Located on the Upper Deck is the Owner's Suite and all ten Upper Suites.
The Andes Dining Room is also located in the rear of the Upper Deck.
The Open-Air Deck is the hub of activity on the Delfin III.
In addition to the Canopy Lounge, the Sun Deck is home to the air-conditioned Indoor Lounge,
where briefings and lectures will be presented and the Ship's bar
When not enjoying the comforts of the social areas, if you are on board, chances are you'll be relaxing in your equally comfortable suite or stateroom. Both spacious and well-appointed, her on board accommodations all offer individual climate control, daily housekeeping with turndown service, the finest bed linens and duvets as well as a pillow menu, luxuriously soft robes and slippers, all natural therapeutic bath amenities, copious amounts of storage space, telescopes for star-gazing, and much more.
All Suites’s features: Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens, Choice of bed configuration, Bedside tables with reading lamps, Premium bath amenities, Internal communication system, Individual climate control, Large mirror in bathroom, Daily maid service, European-style duvets, Nightly turn-down service, Hairdryer, Easy under-bed luggage storage, In-room safe, Elegant, contemporary design, Seating area
The Owner’s Suite is most spacious interior of all the cabins. Located on the second deck in the front of the ship, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive river through 180 degrees of floor to ceiling windows. Added amenities include: one complimentary 60-minute spa treatment per guest, stocked mini-bar, scented bath upon request and complimentary laundry (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise).
The two Corner Suites are located on the main deck in the front of the ship, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive river through 90 degrees of floor to ceiling windows. Added amenities include: one complimentary 60-minute spa treatment per guest, stocked mini-bar, scented bath upon request and complimentary laundry (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise).
The Upper Suites each feature floor to ceiling windows for stunning views of the passing scenery. Located on the second and First deck of the ship, guests will enjoy king size beds with fine Peruvian cotton, comfortable sitting areas, and attention to every detail.
Dining: Breakfast on board is an American-style buffet. Lunch on board offers a selection of fresh salads, daily soups, entrees and desserts. Dinner is seated and offers soup, salad, a main course, and dessert. Vegetarian options are always available. Please notify us in advance, if you have any special dietary concerns or considerations that need to be taken into account while traveling with us. We will do our best to ensure that your request is accommodated, but cannot guarantee all diet needs and preferences can be met on the Amazon. Neither kosher nor halal diets can be accommodated. Additionally, sugar free foods and sugar substitutes are not always available.
Complimentary coffee, tea, and purified drinking water are available throughout the day. Premium spirits, imported beer, imported bottled water, premium wines, and house wines, are available for purchase throughout the day.
Electrical Current: The voltage in Peru is officially 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. Our ships have multi-configuration outlets, which accommodate most Western plugs. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in hotels.
Fitness Center and Spa: The Rainforest Spa, fitness center, and plunge pool are all located aft of the Sun Deck. The Rainforest Spa offers an array of services, using natural ingredients sustainably harvest from the local area. The fitness center is outfitted with the modern equipment.
Internet Access: WiFi is not available. There is a satellite phone for emergencies. Cellular phone service is not available except in/near cities.
Tipping: Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. Gratuities are not included in your cruise price. To assist you in determining the amount of gratuities, the following guideline is provided:
Ship’s staff and crew: US $13.50 per guest, per night (given at the end of the cruise)
Local guides: $6 per person, per night (given at the end of service)
Transportation: Ship transfer to/from the airport in Iquitos: $1 per person
The above is solely a guideline. The amount you give should be based upon your personal experience and level of satisfaction. Gratuities to the ship’s staff and crew may be billed to your onboard account and charged to your credit card. A gratuity line item will appear on your draft invoice given near the end of the cruise. Please inform the purser if you would like to provide cash gratuities or modify the amount.
LAN Airlines flies to Lima, Peru from 25 U.S. gateways, as well as from major cities around the world.
On arrival at Iquitos Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport, Delfin Amazon Cruises guides in uniform will meet you in the luggage claim area. From there, you will be assisted on your transfer to Nauta port and begin your Amazon cruise experience with us.
On the day of departure post-cruise, our recommended flight should leave Iquitos at approximately 12:30pm.
Health and Safety
No specific vaccination is 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 mosquitos (which are known to carry the disease) proliferate in the areas which we cruise in.
If you plan to extend your journey to Cusco and Machu Picchu, ask your doctor about medication for altitude sickness.
For more specific details, we encourage you to discuss with your doctor or check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website for the latest information and recommendations (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru).
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 low water season is from May to November.
The high water season is from December to April.
Each season features 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.
Delfin Amazon Cruises matches your destination, itinerary, and travel dreams in the Amazon. Style is always allied with substance and we offer an on-board experience that is second to none while taking you to places few have gone before.
Your Amazon journey takes off on arrival in Iquitos, were we will pick you up and take you to our vessel. In the following days, you will experience an ideal combination of natural wonders, dramatic scenery, indigenous cultural history, and a relaxed self-contained way to explore the rainforest while sightseeing nature at its best. Here in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you are about to explore one of the world’s most intriguing environments. Flora and fauna are abundant and time seems to stands still.
All excursions are included with your cruise rate. For all short transport (such as from the vessel to land for hiking) and wildlife seeking excursions, you will travel via skiff boats. Our skiffs are quick to launch, stable to ride, and ready to navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon. Each skiff seats 8 passengers and come with their own expert naturalist guide, captain, and features all safety regulations.
Excursions and itineraries are dependent on natural and weather conditions and are thus subject to change. Please let us know in advance with any questions or special requests.
Every day, we recommend getting up early to appreciate the vibrant zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Early rising is always rewarding since wildlife is most abundant and active with the rising of the sun.
Trail walks at destinations such as Fundo Casual jungle trail and others will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. A local assistant may also accompany you; these people are natives of the jungle and are able to bring you closer to different animals such as frogs, snakes, and insects.
The activity level of these walks are light; we provide rubber boots and rain ponchos in case of inclement weather.
Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!
In the depths of the Amazon jungle, deep inside lagoons and creeks, pursue the fierce fishes of the Peruvian Amazon while enjoying the comfort, security, and style of a Delfin Amazon Cruises experience. Encounter the mighty peacock bass, gigantic awe-inspiring Amazon catfish, and other exotic sporting species!
As part of our commitment to the environment, we exercise a strict policy of catch and release.
ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER
The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA)
As part of your Amazonian cruising journey, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) close to Iquitos where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. On your visit, you will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees.
In addition, there are other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. These include monkey species, river otters, and more.
A band of dedicated volunteers work hard all year round to ensure their efforts are sustained. We welcome you to donate to this ambitious organization and education center as you wish.
GYM & SPA
To compliment your daily excursions in the rainforest, we welcome you to enrich your body while on board Delfin II by making use of our newly restored exercise space. Whether you enjoy aerobic exercises or cardio, our gym resources are available at your disposal. Better yet, the floor to ceiling window allows so you never miss a second of the lush jungle scenery outside.
Wellness and healing continues with our spa services on Delfin II. Surrounded by the lush natural surroundings of the Amazon, we encourage you to dive into the philosophies of rainforest remedial philosophies and therapies. Our wellness specialist is happy to accommodate your schedule at any time, and depending on your preference, you can rejuvenate in our spa room or find your zen in the comfort and privacy of your suite.
We offer flexible appointment times to best fit around your jungle excursions and personal schedule.
SWIMMING NEAR PINK RIVER DOLPHINS
Most of us are familiar with the fun and playful blue bottlenose dolphin named Flipper, made famous by Hollywood productions, but less people know about Flipper’s rosy-colored cousin, the pink river dolphin. This rare species is found in the freshwater rivers of the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru. Upholding the reputation of its salt water dwelling kin, the Amazon river dolphin is social, friendly and extremely intelligent, making it one of the highlights of a visit to the Amazon Basin. They also love the company of humans. When you visit the Amazon, don’t be afraid to go for a swim with these remarkable creatures. Make sure you bring your bathing suit and a waterproof camera. A snapshot of the pink river dolphin will definitely be one for the Amazon adventure scrapbook.
Bird watching enthusiasts will greatly enjoy the sheer number of diverse bird species. The Amazon is second to none when it comes to biodiversity, boasting over 1500 species of birds – that is 20% of the total number of species on the planet! The Pacaya Samiria is especially diverse having little human interference to disrupt the natural habitat.
The expeditions set out early in the morning on the skiffs in order to see the most impressive display of birds. Professional guides, accompany you and answer any questions you may have. The guides have grown up in the region and have deep knowledge of the wildlife. Whether you bring your camera or just your memory, the experience will surely not disappoint.
Exploring the jungle by day is only half the fun as the adventures continue past sundown. The groups embark on skiffs once again as they make their way back from the daytime expedition. The first thing you will notice are the sounds. The sound of the jungle at night is intense, and unlike anything you have ever experienced. Look up to the sky and you´ll find another marvel, as the star patterns are so visible and dense, it´s like peering through a window into outer space. The groups are led by our expert guides who will direct your attention to creatures which often go unseen. This is your chance to spot the black caimans, bats, frogs, and other nocturnal creatures. The night safaris are a very unique experience and one you won’t forget.
You are welcome to call us anytime at 1-239-992-9660, or toll free at 800-446-9660 or email us at travel"at"GoExploring.com for more information.
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