There’s a pulse to the Amazon, an undercurrent. Inky waters backed by layers of green forest. Wild bird calls fill the air. A leafy branch shakes to reveal a troop of clamoring monkeys. The river water levels can rise by feet overnight, creating new networks of tributaries in what used to be only forest. With nimble, custom-made skiffs we explore this flooded forest, venturing into places no human has seen. With the exquisite Delfin II as your base camp, you’ll discover the pristine upper reaches of the legendary Amazon in style.
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Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria Reserve is the largest protected seasonal flood forest in South America. The legendary river provides sustenance and utility for the communities who live along the banks and fosters a staggering level of biodiversity. The exquisite 28-guest Delfin II is perfect for our daily explorations; it'sdesigned for the river environment and to keep you connected to it.
Praises to the chef and his crew for the best Lindblad foods so far. Wow! I loved the use of local fruits, etc., and special sauces. Keep the chef. He is excellent and we are foodies.
Explore with top expedition teams
See, do, and learn more by going with engaging experts who have been exploring this region for decades. Go with an expedition leader, naturalists, and local experts on birding, history, and more.
Veteran expedition leaders are the conductors of your experience. Many have advanced degrees and have conducted research or taught for years. They have achieved expedition leader status because they possess the skills, the experience, and the depth of knowledge necessary to continually craft the best expedition experience for our guests.
Every Amazon expedition offers an exclusive service—a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor. This naturalist is specially trained to offer assistance with camera settings and the basics of composition to help you become a better, more confident photographer.
Most of the naturalists were born in towns along the riverbanks and educated in schools in Iquitos. Each hand-picked guide is specially trained before joining the Lindblad expedition team. All are fluent in English, and their personal knowledge, gained from village elders, along with their scientific training makes for fascinating storytelling, as authentic as it is well informed.
Delfin II is a most gracious and lovely river ship. Spacious and clad in gleaming hardwood, she is both modern and authentically of the Amazon. Her public spaces are beautifully appointed—with tropical flowers and native handicraft decorative details.
Making a Difference
Lindblad Expeditions supports stewardship efforts in the places we explore, and one way we do that is through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund. Traveler contributions to the LEX-NG Fund in the Amazon currently support our regional partner, Minga Peru, in its efforts to promote sustainable change for indigenous women and their communities.
After another delicious breakfast we went to a local village
called Amazonas to learn about the traditional way of life and how it’s
changing. While we were there a few dozen of the local children followed us
around and posed for photos, we watched a demonstration about pressing
sugarcane juice for drinking or fermenting, we learned about how to use
traditional plants to make dyes, and we visited the local school house.
After lunch we utilized the skiffs to explore two small streams
and found even more rare birds including the white-headed marsh tyrant, slender
billed and snail kites, a red and white spinetail, and a grey breasted
saber-wing. We then went to the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers
where they form the Amazon River and had a champagne toast to celebrate the
last night on the Amazon. On the way back to the ship we stopped at a small
island and had a moment of silence to enjoy the sound of tens of thousands of
canary winged parakeets flying across the water to roost.
We woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the Marañon River. After
breakfast, we were outfitted with rubber boots for a hike in the jungle. After
a short skiff ride, we entered the rainforest for a beautiful hike in Casual
Forest, where we saw an abundance of fascinating creatures. There were two
different poison arrow frogs, a giant monkey frog, and a huge tarantula, among
others. On the way back to the landing we walked through the “rainforest mall”
where locals go to sell their crafts.
When we got back onboard, the photo team put together a lightroom
demo and the bartender taught a pisco sour masterclass. After lunch (and
siesta), Denis, one of our naturalists, presented a talk on the future of the
In the afternoon we took the skiffs up Nauta Creek and saw a
harpy eagle, a lemon throated barbet, a great potoo, a plum throated codinga
and night monkeys.
We finally got to sleep in this morning…at 6:00 a.m.! We skipped the usual pre-breakfast skiff ride and went directly to breakfast, which was fantastic as usual. Before we even boarded the skiffs, there was wildlife viewing to be done. From the bow of the riverboat you could see squirrel monkeys and saddle back tamarinds. Then, when we boarded the skiffs for an exploration of the very narrow Iricahua Creek, there were many, many more gorgeous things to see. Blue-yellow macaws, hoatzen, and white-eared jacamar are just a few of the birds we viewed. In the middle of the skiff ride, a few fishermen came by and let us look at the assortment of fish they had caught, including catfish and piranhas.
After lunch we watched an incredibly informative presentation by Sandro, one of the naturalists, about the medicinal plants of the Amazon that the indigenous people have been using for generations. Sadly, the knowledge is being lost as the younger generation leaves for the cities.
Then we set off for the afternoon skiff excursion to explore the Yarapa River. It was a truly spectacular exploration! We saw wooly monkeys, monk saki monkeys, spider monkeys, and noisy night monkeys. We saw several spectacular and extremely rare birds too, like the paradise jacamar and the Amazonian umbrella bird.
We continue our exploration upstream to some of the farthest points along the Ucayali River today. In the morning, we left the ship very early to explore. We found a secluded spot along Zapote River and tied the three skiffs together in order to enjoy breakfast while floating on the mirrorlike waters of the river. In the afternoon, we navigated to the farthest point along the Ucayali River we would reach on our trip. We explored it deeply in order to reach a black water lagoon to offer the “Amazon Plunge.”
continued navigating upstream along the Ucayali River today. We visited two wildlife hotspots. In the morning, we left for an early outing looking for exotic birds and primates. In the afternoon, we went on a late afternoon exploration looking for nocturnal wildlife along El Dorado River.
The jungle at the headwaters of the Amazon lives and breathes. It is an entity unto itself.