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Voyage to the headwaters of the
mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s
northern rain forest aboard the elegant
riverboat Delfin II. Slip through an intricate
network of jungle waterways in a skiff
in search of a variety of birds, as well as
caimans, tamarins, and sloths. Skim past
massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba
trees, and witness glorious sunsets on the
still waters of the Amazon River Basin.
Explore the flooded “Mirrored Forest” of
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with a
team of naturalists.
On village visits, learn about the everyday
life of the native ribereños—the people
who live along the banks of the Amazon.
Go on rain forest hikes, birding walks, and nocturnal river safaris; and search for
tropical wildlife, from pink dolphins to
Experience the wilds of the Amazon from
the comfort of the intimate Delfin II.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — U.S./Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima at any time and transfer to our
hotel. Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel
Day 2 — Lima/Iquitos/Nauta
After a morning visit to the celebrated Larco
Herrera Museum, fly to Iquitos and continue
overland to Nauta, where our riverboat awaits.
Get settled into your elegant, hardwood-paneled
cabin, and gather for a welcome dinner of fine
Peruvian cuisine prepared by our riverboat’s chef.
Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the night sky
over the Amazon. Delfin II (B,L,D)
Days 3 through 8 — Exploring The Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our
itinerary is flexible, allowing us to take advantage
of opportunities to discover the Amazon River
basin in depth.
Glide into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve,
and spend a week exploring this pristine swath
of jungle, which stretches more than five million
acres and harbors some of the Amazon’s
most fascinating flora and fauna. The reserve is
bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali—two
powerful rivers that converge to create the
famed Amazon. Here, annual flooding of nutrientrich
waters create what is known locally as the
Mirrored Forest, named for the reflections emitted
by its glass-like waterways.
Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily
excursions by skiff and kayak, skimming past giant
lily pads afloat on black-water lakes. Venture deep
into the rain forest on narrow tributaries seeking
out sloths and monkeys, including variably
colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers, and
shaggy-tailed monk saki monkeys. In the river,
look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest;
rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas—an
important food source for the local people.
From December through May, we discover
Atun Poza by skiff, looking for lagoon birdlife and
seeking out the giant victoria amazonica water
lily. As the water recedes later in the year, explore
the spontaneous ecosystems of temporary islands
that appear. When the water level permits, set
out on walks across dry land. Hike through the
rain forest as you gaze at soaring ceiba, or kapok
trees; and go on bird-watching hikes to look for
an astounding variety of avian species—from
tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and
endangered scarlet macaws.
Visit villages on the river’s edge to learn about the traditions of local ribereños—the people who live
along the banks of the Amazon. Get acquainted
with the residents of Puerto Miguel, learning
about their culture, folklore, and daily lives. We’ll
also hear about the inspiring work of Minga Peru,
a nonprofit that has helped improve health and
livelihoods for the people of the Amazon with
the support of the Lindblad–National Geographic
Watch spectacular sunsets 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 look for
caimans, frogs, fishing bats, and other creatures
of the night.
Delfin II (B,L,D)
Days 9 & 10 — Nauta/Iquitos/Lima
Enjoy one last morning excursion by skiff to
view wildlife. After lunch, disembark in Nauta
and transfer to Iquitos in time for a late afternoon
flight to Lima. After breakfast the next
day, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (B,L)
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts--from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. The expert featured below will be part of the expedition team on the dates noted.
During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program. He specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan is on a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks