Cruise the Upper Peruvian Amazon in style on one of Delfin’s three luxury boats. Designed in the typical river-boat style, Delfin has three boats which each offer a series of routes through the winding banks of the Amazon, Marañon and Ucayali rivers. Delfin I, built in 2006, has just 4 suites and is perfect for an intimate experience; Delfin II has 14 suites and is the medium sized vessel; whilst Delfin III has 22 suites. Days are spent taking skiff rides out into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (the size of New Jersey) enjoying a range of activities from bird-watching to piranha fishing, jungle walks, visiting local communities, and enjoying watching the iconic Amazonian pink dolphins.

Quick Facts

Capacity: Delfin I – up to 12 guests / Delfin II – up to 30 guests / Delfin III – up to 44 guests

Room Categories:
Delfin I – 4 cabins (2 have private jacuzzi) accommodating up to 12 guests with extra beds available in each suite
Delfin II – 14 cabins (2 Master Suites at front on each level, and 2 Suites that connect). All cabins are double, but Suite 1 and 2 have space for an additional bed for a child. This is the only vessel with connecting cabins: 3 and 5, or 4 and 6 can interconnect
Delfin III – 22 cabins (Owners Suite, 2 Corner Suites, 19 Standard Suites) accommodating up to 44 guests in double or single cabins

Booking Options:
All-inclusive covers all meals, excursions and equipment, transfers, park entrance fees and house drinks – for full details see here

All-inclusive 3 night programme from $2,400 USD per person – for full details see here

Minimum Stay:
3 nights – you can choose either 3 or 4 night itineraries

Dates of Operation:
Open year round

It’s a year-round destination with two seasons: high water (November to May) and low water (June to October), but both allow plenty of wildlife sightings.

Relais & Châteaux and Traveller Made

Spa Services:
Delfin II has a small spa and gym with one cross trainer. Delfin III has a good-size massage room and gym with a running machine and cross trainer, as well as yoga mats and weights. Delfin I and II have yoga mats in each room, Delfin III has some mats in the gym. Delfin I has no spa, the only option for in-room massages is when the boat is chartered and a masseuse is included as an extra.

Delfin I Amenities | Delfin II Amenities | Delfin III Amenities

There is no wifi on the Delfin Amazon Cruises


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“We watched for birds and monkeys along the shore; went fishing for piranhas, cheering each other on whenever we caught one; spotted the glowing red eyes of the caiman on a night sail; visited a tributary filled with massive waterlily pads… I felt refreshed and more at peace than I had in a long time. On past trips, we usually checked our emails or Facebook during breaks between meals and activities, but we had gotten used to the natural rhythm of being unplugged and present. Our minds blissfully free from their usual hyper-attentive state, we dozed off in the afternoon sun, cocooned in our little cabin, the mighty Amazon undulating just beyond our reach.”
Laura Itzkowitz in AFAR


The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is home to:

– 269 different species of fish (including South America’s biggest freshwater, the paiche that can grow up to 2.5 meters in length, a local speciality that can be enjoyed on board).

– 58 endemic species of amphibians.

– 450 varieties of bird species from the blue and yellow macaw to turkey vultures, black-collared hawks and 5 different types of kingfisher.

– 132 different species of mammals including the brown-throated sloth, pink river dolphins and 13 species of monkeys.

– 965 species of plants from the rubber tree to giant water lilies, and numerous palm trees.


The owners of Delfin have a small NGO called the Kuyapa Foundation. Among their projects is a painting programme that takes place the first week of each December, and involves the Delfin team painting the houses in the port town of Nauta from where the cruises depart. They paint the houses on the block where the embarkation port is located. They also provide healthcare to remote communities in the Amazon as well as school supplies. Clients who are interested in giving back can bring supplies and are encouraged to support local artisans by buying their crafts – see here for details.


Families with children aged 7 years and older are welcome on all departures. Children aged 11 or under are eligible for a 20% discount compared to the adult rate. A third guest on an extra bed is also eligible for a 20% discount (non-cumulative) on the Delfin l & Delfin ll. On Delfin II, four of the suites are interconnected to cater for families.


High Water Season (Nov-May)

Delfin I3 nights | 4 nights
Delfin II3 nights | 4 nights
Delfin III
3 nights | 4 nights

High Water Itinerary Comparison

Low Water Season (Nov-May)

Delfin I3 nights | 4 nights
Delfin II3 nights | 4 nights
Delfin III
3 nights | 4 nights

Low Water Itinerary Comparison

Route Map

Property Location

Getting there: There are numerous daily flights from Lima to Iquitos (flight: 2 hours). Iquitos is the closest domestic airport to Nauta, the port from where Delfin Amazon Cruises depart. Guests are transported from the airport in a minibus with a packed lunch; the drive is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Delfin has a private port and guests are welcomed with a local cocktail in a typical thatched open-sided hut which leads down to the port.

Between July and November on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, LATAM Airlines operates a direct flight between Cuzco and Iquitos which is a significant time saver as there is no need for a lengthy connection via Lima. In April, May and June, the flight is only available once a week, on Fridays. For the most up to date flight information, please refer to the Latam website directly.

These direct flights make the Upper Amazon more accessible when combining Peru’s highlights in an itinerary, for example Sol y Luna in Peru’s Sacred Valley (nearest airport Cuzco), or Hotel B in Lima.

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