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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 waterways of the flooded “Mirrored Forest” of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with a team of expert naturalists.
    • Glide down jungle streams by skiff or kayak, spotting pink and gray dolphins and enormous water lilies (season permitting).
    • Learn about the everyday traditions of the native ribereños on visits to villages at the river’s edge.
    • Learn from a National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor on board.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Day 1 — U.S./Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our hotel.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

Day 2 — Lima/Iquitos/Nauta

After a morning tour of Lima, fly to Iquitos and continue to Nauta. Embark our ship and enjoy fine Peruvian cuisine for dinner.
Delfin II (B,L,D)

Days 3 through 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 fascinating flora and fauna. The reserve is bordered by the Marañón and the Ucayali, two powerful rivers that converge to create the famed Amazon, which floods annually with nutrient-rich waters. Pacaya-Samiria’s “Mirrored Forest” is created by the glassy reflections of the reserve’s waterways during flood season.

Explore 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 into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including 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. Look for signs of the massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and indigenous piranhas.

Season permitting, 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. Listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops at sunset. Explore the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats, and other creatures of the night. Visit the reserve’s edge and get to know the ribereños who live on the riverbanks, learning about their age-old traditions. Watch them make jewelry and other handicrafts and learn how subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle.

Delfin II (B, L, D)

Days 9 & 10 — Nauta/Iquitos/Lima

After a final excursion by skiff, disembark in Nauta and return to Iquitos for the flight to Lima. The next day, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (Day 9: B, L; Day 10: B)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Extension or Credit

Book by March 31, 2017 and take advantage of a complimentary two-day Taste of Lima extension, or choose a $500 voyage credit on the following departures: March 4, May 20, June 24, August 19 and 26, October 14, 21, and 28, and December 2 and 9.

Extend Your Stay and Save

Save 10% on the expedition cost when you combine an Upper Amazon voyage with our Peru: Land of the Inca and/or Galapagos expedition. Plus, receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and the Galápagos on the January through March 2017 Galapagos departures.

Offers are for new bookings only. 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.

Krista Rossow

Krista RossowFor more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. As a freelance photographer she has shot feature stories for Traveler in New Orleans, San Francisco, South Africa, Costa Rica, and most recently in Asheville, North Carolina. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. Krista travels with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography on ships in the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Chile, the Arctic, Alaska and British Columbia, and Antarctica. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative.

Krista will join the following departures:

Jan 20 - 29, 2018
Jan 27 - Feb 05, 2018


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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • 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
  • Jan 20 - 29, 2018
  • Jan 27 - Feb 05, 2018
  • Feb 03 - 12, 2018
  • Feb 10 - 19, 2018
  • Mar 03 - 12, 2018
  • Mar 10 - 19, 2018
  • Mar 17 - 26, 2018
  • Mar 24 - Apr 02, 2018
  • Mar 31 - Apr 09, 2018
  • May 05 - 14, 2018
  • May 12 - 21, 2018
  • May 26 - Jun 04, 2018
  • Jun 30 - Jul 09, 2018
  • Jul 07 - 16, 2018
  • Aug 18 - 27, 2018
  • Aug 25 - Sep 03, 2018
  • Oct 13 - 22, 2018
  • Oct 20 - 29, 2018
  • Oct 27 - Nov 05, 2018
  • Nov 03 - 12, 2018
  • Dec 08 - 17, 2018
  • Dec 15 - 24, 2018
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 07, 2019

Please note: The March 18 and 25, 2017 departures are dedicated photography expeditions.

Learn more about photo expeditions here >>

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

Expedition Cost


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2017 Holiday

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2018 Holiday

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 round-trip charter flights between Lima and Iquitos are $440 (subject to change).

Please note: the pricing above is valid for 2018 departures booked by June 1, 2017.

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