Expedition Details


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 basin.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with our team of naturalists, and encounter rare pink dolphins, sloths, howler monkeys, giant lily pads, and an astounding variety of birdlife.
    • Learn from a National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor, who travels with us aboard the Delfin II riverboat.
    • Glide into the Amazonian backwaters by kayak or skiff for an up close look at the intricacies of this rain forest ecosystem.
    • Meet the ribereños, indigenous people who live along the river’s edge, and get a glimpse into their traditions and way of life.

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, searching for caimans, frogs, fishing bats, and nocturnal creatures. 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.


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

Free Airfare

Book by July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and Peru on select departures when you combine this Amazon expedition with our Galápagos voyage.

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 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.

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 date noted.

Jonathan Irish

Jonathan IrishTravel 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


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • 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
  • Sep 01 - 10, 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
  • Jan 05 - 14, 2019
  • Jan 12 - 21, 2019
  • Jan 19 - 28, 2019
  • Jan 26 - Feb 04, 2019
  • Feb 02 - 11, 2019
  • Feb 16 - 25, 2019
  • Feb 23 - Mar 04, 2019
  • Mar 02 - 11, 2019
  • Mar 09 - 18, 2019
  • Mar 16 - 25, 2019
  • Apr 27 - May 06, 2019
  • May 04 - 13, 2019
  • May 11 - 20, 2019
  • May 18 - 27, 2019
  • Jun 08 - 17, 2019
  • Jun 15 - 24, 2019
  • Jun 22 - Jul 01, 2019
  • Aug 10 - 19, 2019
  • Aug 24 - Sep 02, 2019
  • Oct 26 - Nov 04, 2019
  • Nov 02 - 11, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 18, 2019
  • Nov 30 - Dec 09, 2019
  • Dec 07 - 16, 2019
  • Dec 14 - 23, 2019

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:

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.

Expedition Cost

Suite $6,990
Master Suite $8,260

2018 Holiday
Suite $7,680
Master Suite $8,690

Suite $7,190
Master Suite $8,590

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).

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Activity Level

Light or Moderate

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.