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.
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to our
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel
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)
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.
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
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (Day 9: B, L; Day 10: B)
Book now and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Peru on select departures when you combine this Amazon expedition with our Galápagos voyage.
Make the most of your time in the region and save 10% off the total expedition cost when you combine your Upper Amazon trip with a voyage to Galápagos or an expedition to Peru: Land of the Inca.
Offers are for new bookings only and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
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 date noted.
Travel and conservation photographer Jonathan Irish specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures with a keen eye on highlighting important conservation issues. He spent eight years on the National Geographic staff, where he launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, bringing travelers and photographers around the world on active adventure trips. As a freelance photographer, Jonathan’s work has appeared in publications in print and online, including National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Telegraph, BBC, and CNN. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Irish went on assignment for National Geographic Traveler on a year-long road trip visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks. From this project, he published a U.S. National Parks book, and was featured on Good Morning America. Jonathan is also a skilled Virtual Reality shooter, having shot assignments with 360-degree cameras on six different continents for Discovery Communications and Google. Through his photographic work, Jonathan seeks to share the beauty of the natural world while highlighting important conservation stories and the need for continued and increased protection, so that future generations may enjoy the same beautiful natural world in which we live today. He also enjoys traveling with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography around the world–from Antarctica to the Arctic and Africa to the Amazon. Jonathan’s images are represented by National Geographic Creative and National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, and have appeared in National Geographic books.
Jonathan will join the following departure:
May 05 - 14, 2018
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
Special Photography Expeditions
The following departures are dedicated photography expeditions, and will be accompanied by a National Geographic photographer and National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor:
January 20 and January 27, 2018 with Krista Rossow
May 5, 2018 with Jonathan Irish
January 19 and January 26, 2019 with Krista Rossow
March 9 and March 16 with Kike Calvo
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.
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).
Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.