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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 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)
Book select departures by December 31, 2016
and receive a complimentary two-day Taste
of Lima extension. Discover the culinary and
cultural delights of this vibrant city with the
Belmond Miraflores Park as your base. Or
choose a $500 voyage credit instead. Please call for details.
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.
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 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.