Cruise the Amazon Basin

The Amazon Basin covers roughly 60% of Peru. One of the most biodiverse habitats on Earth, this densely forested region is home to just over 44% of Peru’s avian species and 65% of its mammals.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

J. Lubbock

Peru’s tributaries merge with rivers from across the northern half of the continent, flowing more than 3,000 miles from the Andes to the Atlantic.

Iquitos, in Peru’s far northeast, is an island city surrounded by three such rivers: the Nanay, Itaya, and the Amazon.

Golden sunrise over dense forest of Tambopata in Peru's Amazon region

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Delfin Amazon Cruises

Since 2006, Delfin has been a pioneer in luxury Amazon cruising. Iquitos is the departure point for luxurious multi-day river cruises.

Passengers can choose either a 3 or 4-night stay on one of the three Delfin cruise ships. All of their programs are designed to showcase the best of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and other places throughout the Peruvian Amazon.

Activities available to passengers include:

  • Kayaking
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Fishing for piranhas
  • Birdwatching
  • Trail walks
  • Visits to local communities
The exterior the delfin cruise ships has wood beams, white wash walls and sails on Amazon river.

Cuisine

Dining aboard the Delfin cruise ships is a sophisticated experience. The staff prepares fresh and exotic dishes inspired by the Amazon region.

This Relais & Châteaux dining atmosphere invites guests to kickstart their tastebuds and sample food they’ve never tasted before.

An aerial view of sliced avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and veggies sit in a bowl.
Layers of colorful fruit with garnished leaves and roses sit on a platter.

Delfin I

The flagship Delfin I was fully refurbished in 2010. It houses two Deluxe Suites (360 square feet, private whirlpool decks) and two Master Suites (340 square feet, with private decks).

All cabins may be set up as triple-occupancy, giving the Delfin I a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.

Up to 32 guests are supported by a staff of 27 crew members, including three naturalist guides and a top-notch culinary team. Each of the 16 suites features air conditioning and outward-facing panoramic windows.

In-room amenities include:

  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
The Delfin 1 deluxe suite features an indoor hot tub, king bed, and sitting area.
A man and wife sit at a table of food on the deck of their Delfin 1 cruise ship.

Delfin I Amenities 

Common area amenities include an indoor bar/lounge, indoor dining room, outside lounge, jetted tub, and observation deck.

A dark wooded lounge is fit with white coaches, tables and deck views.

Delfin II

The Delfin II has 14 cabins including 4 Master suites and 10 suites; 2 sets can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each room is fitted with panoramic windows that ensure a front seat view of the Peruvian Amazon.

In-Suite amenities include:

  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
A wood paneled room is fit with a king size bed and panoramic window views.
A white king bed with large windows on the Delfin 2 cruises.

Delfin II Amenities

This cruise ship is equipped with a dining room, an observation deck and lounge, a bar, an entertainment center, and a lecture room.

The dining room at Delfin is equipped with tables and chairs and large windows and curtains.

Delfin III

The Delfin III is the largest of the cruises, housing 22 suites and accommodating up to 43 passengers.

The first deck features 8 Suites with with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows as well as 2 Corner Suites. The second deck has 10 Upper Suites and the Owner’s Suite.

In-Suite amenities include:
  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
  • Luggage Storage
This suite features a king size bed, large panoramic windows, wood floors and sitting area.
A suite with large window walls is fit with a sofa and wood floors.

Delfin III Amenities

The top deck features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and a bar.

This massage room is fit with a massage bed, sofa couch, large window and wallpaper.
An outdoor swimming pool sits on a deck overlooking the Amazon river.

Sample Itineraries

Three and four-night cruise programs are available year-round. During the November to May high-water season (monthly rainfall of approximately 12 inches), launch boats can venture deeper into the flooded forest. Average high temperatures reach 90°F year-round, with humidity above 80%.

Each day, guests are presented with full or half-day options to explore narrow river branches, visit indigenous communities, or view exotic wildlife.

Longer cruise programs visit the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, spanning more than five million acres. Here, visitors can observe pink river dolphins, monkeys, sloths, caimans, and a rainbow of birds.

A large flock of Scarlet Macaws, photographed around a salt lick on a birding expedition in the Amazon

Delfin I: 3 nights, 4 days

Day 1:

  • Depart from Iquitos, happy hour and orientation

Day 2:

  • In the morning, visit Fundo Casual in skiff boats and take a jungle trail walk
  • In the evening, visit to Ribereno community in an Amazon Village

Day 3:

  • Go to Amazon Park and take a jungle trail and canopy walk
  • Visit Yanayacu Pucate and swim near dolphins

Day 4:

  • Disemark in the morning at Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species en route to Iquitos airport.
A group of tourists sit on the river in a canoe.

Delfin II: 3 nights, 4 days

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Iquitos, transfer to Nauta, VIP reception at private port, embark

Day 2:

  • In the morning, visit Belluda Cano Creek, skiff exploration and encounter pink dolphins
  • In the evening, visit Dorado River, skiff exploration, piranha fishing & night safari

Day 3:

  • Explore Clavero Lake on skiff boats
  • Visit Yarapa River and kayak. Stop at Puerto Miguel village

Day 4:

  • Disemark in the morning at Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species en route to Iquitos airport.
A man and woman canoe on the Amazon river.

Delfin III: 4 nights, 5 days

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Iquitos, transfer to Nauta, happy hour and orientation

Day 2:

  • In the morning, visit Fundo Casual in skiff boats and take a jungle trail walk
  • In the evening, visit to Yanayacu Pucate and swim near dolphins

Day 3:

  • Skiff exploration through Simiria River
  • Visit Nauta Caño via skiff boats, piranha fishing

Day 4:

  • Visit local community and school in San Francisco
  • Birdwatching at Marayali River
  • Disembark in the morning at Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species
A woman looks through binoculars on a canopy tour.

Iquitos is 1.5 hours from Lima by air. Contact LANDED for rates, departure dates, and more information. Delfin I, II and III are available for exclusive family and corporate charters. We can also help your combined your cruise with extensions to Machu Picchu or the Galapagos. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.