Wonders Of The Upper Amazon

S-CODE: CT

  • Departs from Callao (Lima) Peru
  • On 3rd Nov 2018 for nights
  • Onboard Delfin II
  • Prices from AU $9,280*

Pricing per person

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Special Inclusions

National Geographic & Lindblad`s expedition style of travel means getting out daily in a variety of ways to actively experience the wonders of the Upper Amazon. The 28-guest Delfin II broadens the notion of expedition to include spacious, air-conditioned comfort and five-star cuisine. Travel with Lindblad-National Geographic and:
- Explore with veteran expedition leaders and local guides indigenous to the region
- Get out daily to explore by skiff or walk through the glorious rain forest
- Make personal kayak explorations (they are the only outfitter with kayaks in the Peruvian Amazon).

UPPER AMAZON Cruise Only prices include:
- Transfer* from Lima airport to hotel
- 1 nights accommodation pre-cruise at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel (or similar) with breakfast
- Morning sightseeing tour of Lima with lunch
- Return economy airfare from Lima to Iquitos to Lima
- Transfer from Iquitos airport to Nauta port
- 7 night Amazon cruise with ms Delphin II (28 guests) round trip from Nauta
- All shipboard main meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Onboard 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d`oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- The guidance and company of National Geographic/Lindblad`s expedition staff
- Sightseeing & entrance fees plus special access permits, park fees & port taxes
- All excursions, zodiac & kayak explorations
- Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel (where relevant)
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
- Transfer from Lima airport to hotel
- 1 nights accommodation post-cruise at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel (or similar) with breakfast
- Transfer from Lima hotel to airport

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What`s not included:
- International airfare
- Pre and post-expedition additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan (ie travel insurance - which is highly recommended)
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Expedition extensions
- Gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spa treatments
- Scuba diving
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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Day to Day itinerary:
(subject to weather and local conditions)

Day 1: Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Day 2: Lima / Iquitos / Nauta / Embark
Enjoy a morning tour of Lima, then fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky. (B,L,D)

Day 3-8: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Spend this week exploring the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle - stretching more than five million acres, and harboring some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. Bordered by the Maranon and the Ucayali, these two powerful rivers converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters and is known locally as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water. Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, kayak, and, when the water level permits, hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on black-water lakes, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon`s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.
Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve`s interior. Seek out victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sun set and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night.
Pay a visit to one of the communities on the reserve`s edge and get to know the riberenos, those who live on the riverbanks, and their age-old traditions. Enjoy watching them make jewelry and other local handicrafts. Learn how local subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about how the locals find edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle. (B,L,D DAILY)

Day 9: Nauta / Disembark / Iquitos / Lima
Enjoy one last morning excursion by skiff to view wildlife. After lunch, disembark in Nauta, and return to Iquitos overland for a late afternoon flight to Lima. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,L)

Day 10: Lima
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight home. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (12Jun17). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. International airfare/taxes and transfers are not included. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required to fully appreciate the inclusions of this cruise. Travel insurance is mandatory.

Cruise Details

7 Night Cruise sailing from Nauta roundtrip aboard Delfin II. Hotel stays pre and post cruise in Lima.

Our expedition seeks to reveal as many wonders as possible during your week with us. Our hallmark is flexibility—allowing us to take advantage of events, like wildlife sightings, as they occur to give you the richest, most dimensional experience. At times, the daily activities are guided by river water levels, which rise and abate. Here is a representation of the activities you’ll engage in:

DAY 1: Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima and spend the night at the Costa del Sol Ramada.

DAY 2: Lima/Iquitos/Nauta/Embark
Fly to Iquitos today and drive via bus (1 ½ hours) to the riverside town of Nauta, where we embark Delfin II. Once on board, you are welcomed by hardwood floors, rattan sofas, wooden-slat hammocks and a graceful, modern design. The enthusiastic naturalists and expedition leader will set the informal tone for your expedition. And our chef will introduce you to Peru’s haute cuisine and local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
The Pucate River is one of the three main rivers in the reserve. Never does nature seem more bountiful than here in the tropics. The wildlife and the biodiversity are tremendous, and with experienced naturalists at your side, understanding will come easier. Aboard the skiffs and kayaks we explore this black water stream, looking for parrots, macaws and perhaps monkeys, such as the monk saki with its gray and black body, naked face and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle-back tamarin whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Experience one of the principal ecosystems within the Amazon basin: terra firma. Disembark and hike to see the vegetation and wildlife, distinctly different from the seasonally flooded forests. For those not interested in hiking, it is well worth traveling up-river by skiff. We reach an important junction of the Amazon headwaters, where the Ucayali & Marañon rivers merge to form the mighty Amazon River. Visit the Sapuena Village to learn about the life of the ribereños—those who live on the riverbanks. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Today we venture to find the giant Amazonian water lily Victoria regia. This beautiful aquatic plant grows in small lagoons known as cochas. Hike a trail with excellent bird watching, and learn about caciques and oropendolas. At the junction of the El Dorado River, look for dolphins and see abundant birdlife. Sharp eyes may find an iguana lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the upper canopy. A watch is also kept for squirrel monkeys. We return to Delfin II after sunset in order to see nocturnal life along the river. We will be prepared with a spotlight! (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Sail further into the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve. From December through May explore Atun Poza by skiff. Look for lagoon birds such as egrets, herons, jacamars, ringed kingfishers and various raptors. If the river levels are sufficiently low, a short walk to a local community will be offered. From June through November, hike through a rich ecosystem, passing through a classical tropical rain forest. Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. Our goal is to reach the giant “ceiba” or kapok tree with its immense trunk diameter. By skiff we depart for our furthest point in the journey, up the Pacaya River to Yanayacu lagoon. The waters of this lake originate in the very heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. This rain-forest wilderness is home to red howler and capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths and numerous species of parrots. Today, with luck, we may swim in the vicinity of Amazonian pink river dolphins! (B,L,D)

DAY 7-8: Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
We coninue exploring by kayak and skiff. From January through July, rivers flood and lowland forests have more than three feet of standing water at the base of trees. Flowering and fruiting coincides with this flooding and many fish, including piranhas, swim around the trees to feed on the fallen fruit (so the super-carnivore reputation of piranhas as a bloody-thirsty fish is quite exaggerated!). From July through December, search for the shorebirds that appear only at this time of year. When the river is very low, huge white sandy beaches emerge and young, sometimes temporary river islands form, creating special ecosystems favorable to sand pipers, terns and kingfishers. By skiff we stop at Puerto Miguel Village to learn about their culture, traditions and folklore. Back on board, our talented staff on Delfin II will delight you with some live music. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Nauta /Disembark/Iquitos/Lima
After lunch we disembark and return to Iquitos by bus. There is time to visit the manatee rehabilitation center before flying to Lima. In Lima, we proceed to the Costa del Sol Ramada for the night. (B,L)

DAY 10: Lima/U.S. (B)

Map of Cruise

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
03/11/18 Callao (Lima) Peru Hotel
04/11/18 Iquitos, Peru ex flight from Lima
04/11/18 Nauta Embark
05/11/18 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
06/11/18 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
07/11/18 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
08/11/18 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
09/11/18 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
10/11/18 Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
11/11/18 Nauta Disembark
11/11/18 Iquitos, Peru Flight to Lima
11/11/18 Callao (Lima) Peru Hotel
12/11/18 Callao (Lima) Peru
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.