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Enjoy an intimate trip along the Amazon with this four or five-day river cruise. Explore the tributaries and flooded forests of the Peruvian Amazon from the water as the riverboat travels up the Ucayali River. Kayak up small tributaries and into hidden lagoons for an up-close view. Spend time listening to the birdlife and wildlife, and note how the concert changes with the time of day. Watch playful river dolphins as they feed and frolic. Meet some of the area’s indigenous villagers, whose families have thrived in the remote jungle for generations. This trip of a lifetime gives you the chance to explore the beauty and splendor of still-largely-unknown part of the world.
Itinerary (Delfin II (4D/3N))
ARRIVAL IN IQUITOS - IQUITOS TO NAUTA
Your guides will meet you at the airport in Iquitos and take you via private vehicle to Nauta, a 19th century river town on the banks of the Marañon River, about 1.5 hours away. Lunch will be provided along the way. You’ll come aboard the Delfín II, your luxurious home for the duration of your trip. Settle into your spacious accommodations that include a private terrace before meeting for an orientation on the upper deck. Enjoy a Pisco Sour, the country’s favorite alcoholic beverage, or another drink prepared by your bartender as the boat begins its journey.  (L, D)
BELLUDA CANO CREEK - DORADO RIVER
Enjoy an early-morning exploration of Belluda Cano Creek, one of the tributaries that feeds into the Pacaya Simiria Reserve. Get up close and personal with the gray and pink river dolphins in a skiff. Spot a variety of local birdlife as they take flight.
 
In the afternoon, you’ll explore Dorado River, known for its wide range of wildlife. Listen for cacophonous monkeys chattering to each other and spot colorful butterflies and insects, as they cruise along the riverbanks. As night falls, the daytime inhabitants will disappear, making room for a new population of nighttime wildlife to see and hear as the sun sets. (B, L, D)
CLAVERO LAKE - YARAPA RIVER - PUERTO MIGUEL
After your gourmet breakfast on the boat, you’ll head out on a skiff to explore Clavero Lake. View the diverse plant life and wildlife that is unique to this part of the rainforest. Next, you’ll climb into a kayak for a trip along the Yarapa River. Explore the riverbanks up close as you peer deep into the jungle and listen for the sounds of its inhabitants.
 
To finish the day, you’ll visit Puerto Miguel, a local indigenous village. Visit the schoolhouse to meet the children and learn about their typical school day. You’ll also have a chance to meet the village’s artisan women and see their wares at the local arts and crafts market. (B, L, D)
DISEMBARKATION IN NAUTA – ACOBIA - DEPARTURE FROM IQUITOS
This morning after breakfast you’ll take your luggage and board a private transport for the 1.5-hour trip back to Iquitos. Along the way you’ll make a stop at the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA), where you’ll have a chance to pet, feed and learn more about manatees, the gentle river mammals that are native to the area and on the endangered species list. Afterward your guides will take you to the Iquitos airport for your flight back to Lima, ending your trip with Southern Explorations. (B)
Itinerary (Delfin II (5D/4N))
ARRIVAL IQUITOS - EMBARKATION
Your guides will be waiting at the Iquitos airport when you arrive to take you to Nauta, a small riverside port city about an hour and a half away. Lunch will be provided along the way. In Nauta you will board the Delfín II and meet the boat’s staff, who will help you settle in to your private quarters, complete with orthopedic beds, air conditioning, private bathrooms and private terraces.
 
As the boat gets underway, you’ll meet for an orientation. Enjoy a Pisco Sour or other drink of your choice as you learn more about the wildlife, geography and history of the areas you’ll be visiting on your trip. After happy hour you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner. (L, D)
BELLUDA CANO CREEK - DORADO RIVER
You’ll start the day with an early-morning trip along Belluda Cano Creek, one of the tributaries of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. You’ll get a chance to enjoy the intimacy of an encounter with gray and pink river dolphins from a metal skiff. You’ll also see a number of early-morning birds, out looking for breakfast.
 
In the afternoon you’ll explore the Dorado River, taking in the rich biodiversity of the area in the form of butterflies, insects, monkeys and other wildlife. As night falls, you’ll see the population shift as many of the jungle’s inhabitants disappear and others emerge. (B, L, D)
ZAPOTE RIVER - PACAYA RIVER
This morning you’ll head out in a kayak for a quiet paddle along the Zapote River. Your guides will lead you upstream in search for prehistoric iguanas sunning themselves on the riverbanks. You’ll also hear and see squirrel monkeys as they noisily move in their family groups from the mid to upper levels of the lowland forest.
 
Later in the morning you’ll arrive at the Pacaya River, the cruise’s midway point in the heart of the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve. The reserve is the largest protected wetland reserve in the world, and Peru’s largest protected area. With a mean rainfall of almost 3000 millimeters (118 inches) per year, the area has a wealth of lakes, palm swamps and streams. During the rainy season, the area becomes a lush and verdant flooded forest; there is no other area like it on earth. Enjoy this area with a swim in the pristine lagoons, or relax on deck as you drink in the remote natural beauty of the area. (B, L, D)
CLAVERO LAKE - YARAPA RIVER - PUERTO MIGUEL
Today you’ll explore Clavero Lake as the boat heads back toward Nauta. Climb aboard the aluminum skiff for the chance to take a close up view of the diverse flora and fauna along the lake’s banks. In the afternoon, you’ll explore the Yarapa River via kayak. Enjoy a peaceful paddle along the banks, listening for the local wildlife as you keep an eye out for colorful feathers and wings.
 
Later you’ll stop at Puerto Miguel, an Amazonian jungle village. Visit the local school before checking out the locally made crafts made by the village’s women at the arts and crafts market. (B, L, D)
DISEMBARKATION – ACOBIA - AIRPORT DEPARTURE
After breakfast you’ll disembark in Nauta with your luggage for the 1.5-hour trip back to Iquitos. On the way you’ll stop at The Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA), where you can pet, feed and learn about manatees and other local river mammals that are on the endangered species list. Afterward your guides will take you to the Iquitos airport to catch your flight back to Lima, ending your Amazon adventure with Southern Explorations. (B)

Weather (Peru)

When to Visit
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Peru is a diverse country. With beaches, mountains, rainforest and desert, there is no off-season. But it does pay to know a bit about where you're going, and what you'll need on your Peru tour:

The Andes - Though officially part of the dry season, April and May are considered the Andean spring, while June through October marks the Andean summer. Mid-day temperatures range from 70 to 80 F in the sun. Nighttime temperatures in Cusco range in the 40s F and can dip into the 30s F. Weather is usually clear in the morning with clouds accumulating in the afternoon. Rain can happen in any season, so quality rain gear is essential.

The Amazon - A rainforest environment, the Peruvian Amazon has varied weather conditions and frequent unpredictable rain showers. It is generally hot and humid during the day with more comfortable temperatures through the night. Daytime high temperatures average between 82° and 93° F, and the average nighttime low is between 62° and 73°. Nevertheless, in some areas cold fronts can sweep into the Amazon and push daytime high temperatures down to 50° F and nighttime lows to 43° F. Any time of year, one should always be prepared for cooler temperatures and rain showers. Around 80% of the annual average 79 inches of rainfall occurs during the rainy season (December through March) when heavy rain may continue for hours or days.

Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
 

LIMA

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN68-790.0
FEB69-800.0
MAR69-800.0
APR67-760.0
MAY63-720.0
JUN61-690.1
JUL60-670.2
AUG60-660.1
SEP60-670.1
OCT60-690.1
NOV62-720.0
DEC64-760.0

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
 

CUSCO

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN44-656.3
FEB44-655.2
MAR43-664.3
APR41-671.8
MAY39-670.3
JUN33-660.1
JUL32-660.2
AUG35-670.3
SEP39-680.9
OCT42-691.9
NOV43-693.1
DEC44-694.7

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

PUNO

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN38-625.2
FEB38-624.3
MAR38-623.8
APR33-621.5
MAY25-620.4
JUN19-610.1
JUL18-610.1
AUG22-630.2
SEP29-640.8
OCT33-651.5
NOV35-662.0
DEC37-643.6

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
 

PUERTO MALDONADO

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN71-8813.6
FEB70-8712.8
MAR70-8811.9
APR69-876.1
MAY66-864.2
JUN63-842.3
JUL62-852.2
AUG64-882.5
SEP66-903.9
OCT69-906.5
NOV70-899.3
DEC70-8812.1

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches


 

Weather (Amazon)

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Visitors may find one of several distinct climates in Brazil, depending on where they travel. Along Brazil’s northeastern coast, temperatures are mild year-round, rarely dipping below 75F. The summer rains, usually lasting three to four months, arrive as early as April here, consisting mostly of quick showers. Rio de Janeiro is pleasant year-round with slightly cooler winters than summers. Rio’s rainy season begins as late as October though rains can occur anytime of the year. Further down the coast, temperatures are more variable. Visitors will experience the most temperature variation between seasons in the south, with hot humid summers December to March and cooler temperatures in the evenings and during winter from June to August. In the country’s interior, the hottest, wettest weather occurs from December to March.

So vast is the Amazon Rainforest that its climate varies by sub-region. The north is rainy most of the time with a little less rain from June to December. In Amazon areas further south, especially around the largest population centers where there are fewer trees, temperatures are more variable with distinctly drier months between August and October.

 

RIO DE JANEIRO

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN 75-82 4.7
FEB 75-82 4.7
MAR 73-82 5.1
APR 72-81 4.3
MAY 68-77 3.1
JUN 50-75 2.0
JUL 63-75 1.6
AUG 64-75 1.8
SEP 64-77 2.6
OCT 68-77 3.1
NOV 68-79 3.9
DEC 72-82 5.5

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**The summer high season in Rio is December to March. Off-season (May-October) is also a good option since Rio’s winter temperatures stay around the 70sº F/20sº C, dipping occasionally below 60ºF/15ºC. Rainy days are unpredictable andcan happen even in the high season.
 

MANAUS

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN 75-88 9.8
FEB 75-88 9.1
MAR 73-88 10
APR 75-88 8.7
MAY 75-88 6.7
JUN 75-90 3.3
JUL 75-90 2.4
AUG 75-91 1.6
SEP 75-91 1.8
OCT 75-91 4.1
NOV 75-91 5.6
DEC 75-90 7.9

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**For the central Amazon region (Manaus) the average daytime temperature in the rainy season is in the mid-80º F (30º C), with a fall of 10 to 20º F (7 to 12º C) at night. In the dry season the average temperatures are 5º F (2-3º C) higher. Although recipitation varies significantly within the Amazon due to various factors (e.g. altitude) it is usual to consider two distinct periods: the rainy season, and the dry season. In the central zone (Manaus) the rainy season begins in December and lasts until mid-May.
 

PANTANAL

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN 63-88 12.6
FEB 63-90 9.8
MAR 63-90 10.2
APR 63-91 4.6
MAY 63-91 0.4
JUN 55-90 0.3
JUL 55-90 0.0
AUG 59-93 0.3
SEP 63-93 2.4
OCT 63-93 5.3
NOV 63-90 9.4
DEC 63-90 9.4

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**The rainy season lasts from December to March. The intermediary seasons are April-June and October-November. During the rainy season rain storms can be intense, the temperature is high and the Pantanal is subject to flooding. This isn’t the best period to visit Pantanal, particularly January and February. It’s much better to visit the Pantanal in the dry and intermediary seasons.
 

SALVADOR

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN 77-86 2.2
FEB 77-86 3.1
MAR 75-86 6.3
APR 75-84 8.7
MAY 73-82 9.8
JUN 73-82 11
JUL 72-82 9.8
AUG 72-81 5.9
SEP 73-82 2.6
OCT 75-84 1.0
NOV 75-84 1.0
DEC 77-84 1.2

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**Salvador, Fortaleza, Recife and nearby resorts (Praia do Forte, Porto Galinhas, Natal, etc.) have agreeable temperatures all year round, rarely dipping below 25ºC (77ºF) and there are very few days hotter than 32 or 33ºC (90ºF). Winter temperatures are just 3-4ºC degrees below the summer averages. In Salvador and Recife the rainy season begins around the beginning of April and lasts three months. At Fortaleza the rain begins a little later. Rain showers usually don’t last enough to spoil your visit to these year-round beach resorts.
 

IGUAZU

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN 68-88 3.5
FEB 68-88 3.1
MAR 64-84 3.9
APR 59-79 4.1
MAY 54-72 4.5
JUN 48-66 5.1
JUL 48-66 4.5
AUG 50-70 5.1
SEP 54-70 5.1
OCT 57-73 3.4
NOV 59-81 3.1
DEC 64-84 3.5

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**March-November could be considered the best time to visit Iguazu Falls but there really isn’t a 'best time'. The high season is in January and February, when most Brazilians and Argentineans are on vacation. It’s a good period to visit Iguazu Falls. But there are downsides, the humidity and the heat are also at their peaks and this is also a crowded period which you might prefer to avoid. If you want to avoid busy periods then avoid Easter time also. May and July are rainy months, though the rain is rarely a problem and the volume of the falls is at its highest.
 

FLORIANOPOLIS

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN 70-80 6.8
FEB 69-81 7.4
MAR 69-81 7.1
APR 64-77 3.7
MAY 58-72 3.7
JUN 56-69 2.9
JUL 53-67 3.5
AUG 55-70 3.3
SEP 57-69 4.9
OCT 61-72 4.9
NOV 64-76 5.1
DEC 67-79 5.1
*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

**The coastal city of Florianópolis enjoys a semi-tropical climate, without extreme variations in climate so any time of year is a good time to visit. It just depends upon your preferences. Winters are mild and summers hot with an average of 80% humidity. Rains should be expected from September through March. Mid-winter (June to August) is drier than summer, but anticipate cooler temperatures then as well. That said, even the coldest temperatures brought in by southerly wind will rarely drop below 50 Fahrenheit. The windiest days are most likely during the spring months of September and October for those interested in trying their hand at kiteboarding. The busiest time on the Island is in the summer months from December through mid-March, so those looking for a more peaceful trip should travel during the winter months.
 

Maps

Delfin II (4D/3N)

Pricing
Per Person
$3,040

$350       Airfare (Lima/Iquitos/Lima) – Subject to Change 

*Contact us for details on cabin upgrades and single supplements.

Included in tour cost
  • Paddle Boards
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Delfin II (5D/4N)

Pricing
Per Person
$3,940

$350       Airfare (Lima/Iquitos/Lima) – Subject to Change 

*Contact us for details on cabin upgrades and single supplements.

Included in tour cost
  • Paddle Boards
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Delfin II (4D/3N)

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Delfin II (5D/4N)

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Cabins
Boat Details
Amenities - 
Dining room for up to 32 passengers.
Outdoor top deck lounge area with stocked bar.
Indoor lecture room & lounge.
Spa room.
Exercise room.
 
Cabins-
28-30 Passengers.
10 Suites.
4 Master Suites with 90-degree wrap windows.
1 Bunk Bed Cabin (available for one adult or two children)
 
Vessel Details -
Year Built: 2009
Type of vessel: River vessel
Port of Embarkation: City of Nauta
Vessel´s Registry: Peru
Length: 135 feet
Beam: 32 feet
Draft: 8’25”
Capacity: 30 passengers
Generator: 2 Caterpillars, 55KW each (encapsulated)
Engine: Caterpillar C12 385HP eco-electronic
Cruising Speed: Average 8.20 knots
Water: Water treatment plant with 7.0 cubic meter capacity
Sewage Waters: Sewage treatment plant
Radio Communication: VHF, UHF and satellite phone on board
Launch Boats: 3 aluminum 10 passenger skiffs (+1 for emergencies
with four stroke low emission Mercury 15HP engine) equipped with
four stroke low emission Mercury 60HP engines + radio communications
with main vessel, life jackets and flares
Life Jackets: one per passenger, available in each Suite
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The guides were wonderful. All guides spent a lot of time explaining the culture and history of this fascinating country. This was the trip of a lifetime. We enjoyed every minute. - Leslie Klaff (Best of Peru)

Trip of a life time; good outfitter and good friends. - Carol Croom (Classic Inca Trail)
Our guide was exceptional!!! She was so knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. I've traveled around the world, and I don't think I've had a better guide. - Christina Trunz (Experience Machu Picchu)
 

 

Peru - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: We offer a wide variety of itineraries suitable for all ages, fitness levels and personal interests. Figuring out the total number of days you are available to travel is a good starting point and your Adventure Travel Coordinator can guide you through the options.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Yes! We are happy to modify any tour to meet your needs and also add pre and post-excursion extensions. If you sign up for a group departure we cannot change the group portion, but we can add extensions before and after.
Q: When is the best time to go to Peru?
A: Many travelers like to visit Peru between the months of April and October, when the chances of rain are much lower. Avoid the height of summer (June through August) and the Christmas holiday season for smaller crowds and the best selection of accommodations.
Q: What is the weather like in Peru?
A: The most traveled section of Peru, where Cusco and Machu Picchu are located, has a dry season (April – October) and a rainy season (November – March) with daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s. Rainfall and temperatures vary in other regions depending on season and elevation. Please see the weather tab on your specific trip for more details.
Q: What is a typical day like in Peru? 
A: A typical day in Peru will vary from tour to tour, but generally you can expect to start your excursions right after breakfast with a full day of scheduled activities or sightseeing. Contact your Adventure Travel Coordinator to discuss the specifics of your tour.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Peru? 
A: Our trips vary in level of activity, so the requirements differ based on itinerary. It’s important to keep in mind that much of Peru is at or above 8000’ above sea level which can add some difficulty to the activities. Please check our physical ratings for each itinerary to see what may be required of you when assessing your ability to enjoy a trip. If you have any specific questions, please contact your Adventure Travel Coordinator. We have personal experience with these activities and can help you decide whether a trip is right for you.
Q: How much time do we need to visit Peru?
A: We offer trips as short as 5 days, but recommend 7 days to adequately explore the Andean highlands (Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu). If you wish to visit more than one region, we recommend travelling for at least 12 days.
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: Peru is a popular destination and space at the most desirable hotels fills up quickly. As a rule, the further in advance you can plan, the more options you will have. We recommend planning at least six to nine months in advance throughout the year, and a year ahead of time for anything over the Christmas holiday season.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: Click here to see our booking and cancellation policies.
Q: Do you use certified guides?
A: Our guides have been carefully selected for their knowledge, professionalism, experience and ability to effectively manage groups with finesse. We hire only guides who are native to the destination and are licensed and/or certified in accordance with the government regulations of their country. All are fluent in Spanish and English, and some also speak indigenous languages. Most have advanced degrees in tourism, biology, native culture or other related field. All guides are experienced in the outdoors and trained in basic first aid.
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: We primarily work with 3 and 4-star hotels that meets our standards. We also work with several amazing 5-star properties. All of our hotels are clean, comfortable, well-located, offer en suite bathrooms and have been personally vetted by a Southern Explorations’ staff member.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: We will confirm all airfare within South America and this price will be listed separately from our base tour costs. You are responsible for booking international flights to/from Peru.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A: We operate our scheduled group trips with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight guests, except on the Inca Trail trips, which have a maximum of 12 guests. This policy minimizes our environmental impact, allows us to travel to areas less visited, and makes the sightseeing experience more personal. It allows our guides sufficient time to attend to the individual needs of each visitor. Traveling in small groups also increases the likelihood of encountering wildlife in some areas, such as the Amazon. Some all-inclusive lodges and cruises offer excursions with their in-house guides and groups for those days may exceed eight travelers.
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking you will receive a link to our online trip portal which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary.  This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.