This comprehensive 10-day Upper Amazon cruise aboard the luxurious Delfin II includes access to a full fleet of kayaks for up close and personal exploration as well as the added bonus of being accompanied by professional National Geographic guides. This package also includes pre- and post-cruise accommodations and a morning city tour of Lima.
Day 1 - Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima in the late evening and transfer to your conveniently located hotel, Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
Day 2 - Lima to Iquitos & Embark Nauta
After breakfast, fly to Iquitos and continue overland to the riverside village of Nauta, where the Delfin II awaits. Settle into your cabin and gather for a welcome dinner of fine Peruvian cuisine on board. Tonight, step out on deck to gaze at the magnificent Amazon night sky.
Days 3 - 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 some of the Amazon’s most fascinating flora and fauna. It 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. Locally, the area is known as the Mirrored Forest for the reflections created by its glassy water.
Day 4 - Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Daily excursions are by skiff, kayak, and—when the water level permits—hikes on dry land. Skim past giant lily pads afloat on blackwater lakes and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, including variably colored saddleback tamarins, noisy howlers and shaggytailed monk saki monkeys.
Day 5 - Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Watch for an astounding variety of birds, from tanagers and hummingbirds to parrots and endangered scarlet macaws. In the river, look for massive paiche fish, the Amazon’s largest; rare pink dolphins; and the infamous piranhas.
Day 6 - Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Enjoy an opportunity to swim in a lake in the reserve’s interior. Seek out victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons.
Day 7 – Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Go on a bird-watching hike, listening for the vocal oropendola and then looking for its telltale yellow tail. Watch the sunset and listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops. Then slip through the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats and other creatures of the night. One of the unexpected joys of traveling in the Upper Amazon of Peru is interacting with the local ribereños, the traditional people who live on the riverbanks.
Day 8 - Exploring the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Visit one of the local communities and see the projects that this cruise supports through a local non-profit, including a variety of handcrafts, women's health initiatives and sustainable farming.
Day 9 - Disembark Nauta to Iquitos & Fly to Lima
Disembark in Nauta, stopping at the Amazon Rescue Center on the drive to Iquitos. Fly to Lima, visit Museo Larco then celebrate with a farewell dinner. Overnight at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
Day 10 - Depart Lima
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight home.
Terms & Conditions
Free Airfare With Select 2018 Nat Geo Amazon + Galapagos Cruise Combos
Receive free round-trip airfare from Miami when you combine a select 2018 Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve cruise aboard the Delfin II with a National Geographic Galapagos cruise aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II. Book by October 31, 2018. Offer valid on new bookings only, subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Free airfare is subject to availability at the time of booking; option to upgrade to business class available for $500 on select departures.