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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.

Trip Highlights

    • 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 scarlet macaws.
    • 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 Fund.

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)

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Special Offer

Extend Your Stay and Save

Make the most of your time in the region and save 10% off the total expedition cost when you combine your Upper Amazon expedition with a voyage to Galápagos or Peru: Land of the Inca. Please call for details.

Expedition Team

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.

Kitty Coley

Kitty ColeyKitty Coley is a geologist and naturalist who serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine. She has conducted extensive investigations in the world's rain forests and explored the Amazon River Basin in depth during a two-month research expedition to Peru. A popular National Geographic expert, Kitty brings an enthusiastic and interactive approach to studying the geologic features, flora, and fauna of the Amazon.

Kitty will join the following departures:

Oct 21 - 30, 2017
Oct 28 - Nov 06, 2017


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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Oct 29 - Nov 07, 2016
  • Nov 05 - 14, 2016
  • Nov 19 - 28, 2016
  • Nov 26 - Dec 05, 2016
  • Dec 03 - 12, 2016
  • Jan 14 - 23, 2017
  • Jan 21 - 30, 2017
  • Jan 28 - Feb 06, 2017
  • Feb 04 - 13, 2017
  • Feb 18 - 27, 2017
  • Feb 25 - Mar 06, 2017
  • Mar 04 - 13, 2017
  • Mar 18 - 27, 2017
  • Mar 25 - Apr 03, 2017
  • Apr 22 - May 01, 2017
  • May 06 - 15, 2017
  • May 13 - 22, 2017
  • May 20 - 29, 2017
  • Jun 24 - Jul 03, 2017
  • Jul 01 - 10, 2017
  • Aug 12 - 21, 2017
  • Aug 19 - 28, 2017
  • Aug 26 - Sep 04, 2017
  • Oct 14 - 23, 2017
  • Oct 21 - 30, 2017
  • Oct 28 - Nov 06, 2017
  • Dec 02 - 11, 2017
  • Dec 09 - 18, 2017
  • Dec 16 - 25, 2017
  • Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018

Please call for information on adding a pre-or post-trip extension to Machu Picchu on your Upper Amazon expedition!

Expedition Cost

Suites $6,690
Master Suites $7,830

Category 1 $6,990
Category 2 $8,260

2017 Holiday
2017 Holiday
Category 1 $7,680
Category 2 $8,690

Prices are per person, double occupancy. Due to limited availability, single cabins are offered on a request basis only; please call for availability and rates.

International airfare to/from Lima and airfare within Peru is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Lima and Iquitos is $430 (subject to change).

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