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ACTIVITY LEVEL

This is an expedition trip, with opportunities for long skiff rides, kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking. There are staircases on the ship to get on and off the skiffs and to get from one deck to another (three decks, no elevators). Guests must be able to walk uphill, downhill, and on uneven surfaces and take the stairs daily without assistance.

Day Description
Sat
May 8, 2021–Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima and spend the night at the Wyndham Costa del Sol. (-/-/-)

Sun
May 9, 2021–Lima, Iquitos, and Nauta (embarkation)

This morning, we’ll have breakfast at the hotel and then go to the airport for our flight to Iquitos. We’ll stop for lunch on the way to the riverside town of Nauta, where we embark Delfin II. Once on board, you are welcomed by hardwood floors, rattan sofas, indoor air-conditioned lounge, outside viewing area, and graceful, modern design. The enthusiastic naturalists and expedition leader will set the informal tone for your expedition. Our chef will introduce you to Peru’s haute cuisine and local delicacies, all prepared with an Amazonian flair. (B/L/D)

Mon
May 10, 2021–DAY 1: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The Pucate River is one of the three main rivers in the reserve. Never does nature seem more bountiful than here in the tropics. The wildlife and the biodiversity are tremendous, and with experienced naturalists at your side, learning about it will come easy. Aboard the skiffs and kayaks, we will explore a black water stream, looking for parrots, macaws, and perhaps monkeys—such as the monk saki, with its gray and black body, naked face, and long shaggy tail. You might also see the saddle-back tamarin whose high chirping notes can easily be confused with those of a flock of birds. (B/L/D)

Tue
May 11, 2021–DAY 2: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Experience one of the principal ecosystems within the Amazon basin: terra firma. Disembark and hike to see the vegetation and wildlife, distinctly different from the seasonally flooded forests. For those not interested in hiking, it is well worth traveling up-river by skiff. We reach an important junction of the Amazon headwaters, where the Ucayali and Marañon rivers merge to form the mighty Amazon River. Visit the Sapuena village to learn about the life of the ribereños—those who live on the riverbanks. (B/L/D)

Wed
May 12, 2021–DAY 3: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Today we venture to find the giant Amazonian water lily Victoria amazonica. This beautiful aquatic plant grows in small lagoons known as cochas. Hike a trail with excellent bird watching and learn about caciques and oropendolas. At the junction of the El Dorado River, look for dolphins and see abundant birdlife. Sharp eyes may find an iguana lazing in the sun and sloths hanging in the upper canopy or squirrel monkeys jumping from tree to tree. We return to Delfin II after sunset to see nocturnal life along the river. (B/L/D)

Thu
May 13, 2021–DAY 4: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Sail further into the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Hike through a rich ecosystem, passing through a classical tropical rain forest. Biologically, this kind of forest is probably one of the richest habitats on earth, supporting the most species of plants and animals per unit area. The goal is to reach the giant Ceiba (or “kapok”) tree, with its immense trunk diameter. By skiff you’ll depart for the furthest point in the journey, up the Pacaya River to Yanayacu Lagoon. The waters of this lake originate in the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This rain-forest wilderness is home to red howler and capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths, and numerous species of parrots. (B/L/D)

Fri-Sat
May 14-15, 2021–DAYS 5-6: Exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

By skiff you’ll head into a quiet lagoon in search of the shorebirds and wildlife that appear only at this time of year. When the river is very low, huge white sandy beaches emerge and young, sometimes temporary, river islands form, creating special ecosystems favorable to sand pipers, terns, and kingfishers. By skiff you’ll also stop at Puerto Miguel Village to learn about their culture, traditions, and folklore. Back aboard, the talented staff on Delfin II will delight you with some live music on one night. (B/L/D)

Sun
May 16, 2021–Nauta (disembarkation), Iquitos, and Lima

After lunch we disembark and return to Iquitos by bus for your group flight to Lima. In Lima, we proceed to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Ramada for the night. After checking into the Wyndham, we will visit the Museo Larco museum of pre-Columbian artifacts and then have dinner at the museum’s café. If you are departing Lima tonight you will have a day room to rest before departing on your evening flight. (B/L/D)

Mon
May 17, 2021–Lima

After breakfast this morning, we proceed to the airport in Lima for flights home or on to other adventures. (B/-/-)

*Itinerary subject to change. 


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