Discover the enchantment of the world’s most biodiverse rainforest
Venture to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon in the heart of Peru’s rainforest aboard the elegant riverboat Delfin II. Slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways in a skiff or a kayak spotting diverse 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. Interact with the local ribereños, people who continue to live close to their traditions in remote jungle villages.
Explore the seasonally flooded forest of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve at the headwaters of the Amazon with a team of experienced naturalists
See elusive, iconic Amazon wildlife like pink river dolphins, monk saki monkeys, piranhas, and scarlet macaws
Meet the welcoming ribereños, natives of the reserve, and learn about their ways of life along the river
Get photo tips in the field from a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Explore even more—seamlessly combine your Amazon expedition with an exploration of Galápagos or Machu PIcchu & Peru’s Land of the Inca
Hike through stands of massive trees cloaked in green. Kayak or swim. Explore the intricate network of jungle waterways aboard narrow skiffs custom-made to venture into these tributaries, guided by agile navigators and eagle-eyed wildlife spotters. Each day join a different naturalist as you choose; there are no assigned groups.
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BRINGING THE KIDS
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Dates, Rates & Cabins
Travel on this itinerary from $7,550 per person
Exclusive Photography Expeditions
Join us aboard the March 26, 2022, or April 2, 2022, departures of Upper Amazon Aboard Delfin II for a specially-designated Photography Expedition. National Geographic photographer Kike Calvo and a roster of certified photo instructors will guide you on photo-specific outings and provide help with gear, composition, light, and more.
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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.