- Explore the Peruvian Amazon on a high end vessel built in the style of a traditional river boat
- Travel with guides from the local communities, experts on the flora and fauna of this region
- Visit the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the wildlife rich starting point of the Amazon River
- Immerse in Peruvian culture during explorations of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco
This voyage offers inquisitive travellers the opportunity to be encircled by astonishing, intricate, and ever-changing landscapes during a cruise on the rivers of the Peruvian Amazon. This is an ideal journey for those who endeavour to witness the remote wilderness of the Amazon while having the opportunity to meet members of the local communities that thrive there, all in the company of on-board specialist guides.
This navigation through the Amazon offers a great insight in to the reality of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, offering wonderful views of the continually evolving landscapes that surrounds the vessel.
High-end land-based properties are non-existent in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, so an exploration in a boat of this nature not only enables visitors to reach some of the most remote areas, but also offers a lavishness that is otherwise impossible in this region. Have the best of both worlds by disembarking for adventurous excursions on land but returning to the comfort of the vessel to take in the views with a cooling drink in hand.
Conclude your Peruvian adventure by travelling from the wild Amazon to the culturally and historically rich heart of the Inca Empire, where you will explore the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas, travelling under the watchful eye of the dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges that hover on the horizon.
Venture to the heights of Machu Picchu, possibly even climbing the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains, before retiring for a day’s exploration of the old city of Cusco. Wander the streets of this Andean city, pausing to observe the market-goers, smell the local produce and taste the traditional fruits and meals.
The very concept of travelling through this area is unique, since it is a region solely accessible by boat, and on first entering the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve you will visit the exact point at which the Amazon River is born with the goal of spotting the world-renowned pink river dolphins.
During the river navigation, embark on jungle walks in the untamed wilderness, visit local communities, meet a local Amazonian shaman or healer, try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, swim in the Amazon River and go piranha fishing. On board, indulge in delicious gourmet dishes with a personalized service in the most authentic of settings.
What is given back?
Providing outreach and support to some of the most overlooked regions in Peru is incredibly important work, and a voyage on the Delfin II contributes directly to their charitable foundation named Kuyapa. This non-profit organisation offers educational, medical and infrastructural support as well as sponsorships, all based on the specific needs of a number of hand-picked communities or villages. With the goal of being socially responsible and delivering solutions that integrate well with the existing society to ensure sustainability, the Peruvian owners of Delfin II work closely with the locals to safeguard and boost their respective societies.
Community visits are operated in a very sensitive manner, and there is a tangible sense of respect between the locals and the Delfin II. Not only are a portion of the profits given back to the communities, but the Delfin II also proactively sends the onboard doctor in to the communities to attend to locals and supports the school children.
A no plastic policy is implemented on board the Delfin II, meaning there are no plastic straws or bottles throughout the vessel. Each cabin boasts a glass bottle containing filtrated water which is refilled throughout the day, while all soaps, shampoos and creams are 100% ecological. The vessel even utilises an ecological fuel named Biodiesel 5, meaning that it produces lower exhaust emissions and is less polluting than its counterparts.
The assembly of experienced naturalist and interpretive Amazon River guides are undoubtedly the most important aspect of a navigation in the Amazon. Their expert knowledge of plants and birdlife, as well as their passionate interest in the history of this part of the Amazon, combine to create an unforgettable and fulfilling experience in the jungle.
With decades of invaluable experience, most of the guides were born and raised in the rainforest in small communities that are spread throughout the Peruvian Amazon. Many spent their childhoods walking the forest paths, climbing trees to pick fruit, fishing the small streams, and chasing iguanas along the shoreline. Some have even participated in projects with professors, researchers and scientists. All of the speak both Spanish and English.
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