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“The amazing Amazon in comfort and style.”

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With 2 million hectares, it is the biggest National Reserve of Peru, also it is the largest protected flooded forest of the world and one of the richest places in biological wealth on the planet. Between its biological diversity we find 449 of tropical bird species, 102 of mammals, 256 known species of freshwater fish, 69 of reptiles and more than 1000 varieties of plants, as well as species in danger of extinction like the giant otter, the black lizard, the manatee and the pink dolphin of the Amazon. The place's beauty, as well as its biological wealth makes the reserve a particularly important destination for scientific investigators, nature lovers and bird watchers.The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve stands out among Peru's natural protected areas. Located in the Department of Loreto, in the provinces of Loreto, Requena, Ucayali and Alto Amazonas, with an extension of more than 8000 square miles, it is considered one of the largest of South America
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were blown away by this amazing cruise. Every day trips on 10 man skiffs into the tributaries of the Amazon. The guides were local and brilliant and had a real love of their surroundings. Mostly saw a huge variety of birds, quite a few monkeys although not always easy to spot. An anaconda, a boa constrictor, a tree rat, tree toed sloths and pink and grey dolphins and cayman.
The food was plentiful and good, almost too much. The wine list was a little limited but this was a boat with limited space. Our cabin was great with big windows and great views.The programme of visits is varied and always interesting, apart from the skiff trips we did a couple of jungle walks, met a shaman and visited a couple of villages.
We loved the whole experience. The ride from Iquitos to Nauta is a little long and hot and I wonder why we could not pick the boat up in Iquitos.

Thank anmawil
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We spent 3 nights and what amounted to three full days on the Delfin III (formerly the Amazon Discovery), the newest member of the Delfin ships. This review will address two parts of the experience: 1) our experience on the ship, and 2) our experience exploring the Pacaya-Samiria reserve and the upper Amazon River. As for the ship, it was quite amazing and was far more luxurious than we had expected. We enjoyed a large cabin fitted with a king bed that faced the floor-to-ceiling window wall, and a spacious bathroom with shower. This enabled one to relax on the bed and enjoy watching the activity on the water and the rain forest. Amenities rivaled those on larger, more main-stream cruise ships. There is a large lounge area with the ship's bar, about 20 cabins (a nice sized group of passengers), an outdoor deck with a hot-tub, and a large dining room at the rear with large windows on three sides. Our meals were all delicious with ample sized servings that were prepared well and served by the ships staff. As a small ship, many of the staff acted in multiple capacities - we were able to get to know them during our short but excellent experience aboard the Delfin III. I would recommend an Amazon adventure on the Delfin III without hesitation. Now on to the experience on the water and in the Pacaya Samiria reserve. It was our first experience in a true, rain-forest environment so we didn't know what to expect. What an adventure! We were transported on the water in three long slender and shallow draft boats that were part of the ship's equipment. Each boat was powered by dual 60 HP outboard motors which provided more than sufficient power even in small inlets that were covered with hyacinths and other vegetation. The forest is extremely dense, varied and beautiful. At the time we were there, the water had started to rise due to the rains the mountains finally reaching the Amazon Basin. In most instances, we could never determine how far the water went into the vegetation. We saw many exotic birds, several types of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, an anaconda, a red-tailed boa constrictor, a tiny red (and deadly poisonous) frog about an inch long, a huge (8" across) tarantula, several pink dolphins, and numerous bugs, beetles, and lizards. Some were hard to see in the tree tops, but the naturalists that guide these explorations are so adept at spotting the animals, most of us were able to zoom in and actually take some terrific photos. We visited a ranger station that showed how the government is working to guide the indigenous people away from poaching and into becoming stewards of this amazing area by building sturdy houses and providing jobs as rangers. We also visited a village and were able to wander around and get a sense of how relaxed and peaceful this wild and inhospitable (to us) area is to the local people. We even made an impromptu stop at a private home/farm where tapioca was being prepared over an open fire under a thatch roofed hut by the farmer. We were welcomed and were able to try our hand at raking/shoveling the tapioca as it roasted in a huge frying pan that was about 5 feet by 3 feet in size. Late one afternoon, in a light rain (rain in the rain-forest...Yes!) we fished for piranha. Our boat didn't catch any, but one of the other ones did. That's the way it goes in the wilderness - luck plays a part in what you see. This short cruise experience in the Pacaya Samiria reserve was truly a highlight of our trip to Peru. It was so much fun and we learned so much from the beginning to the end. Do yourself a favor and make the trip!

3  Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Delfin 11 is a 7* floating hotel like riverboat with all the luxuries. We had a corner suite so spacious with extra large windows to view the river banks from the bed.The showers work fine the water quite hot but limited and this is understood with the limited supplies.Housekeeping was excellent with a different formation made from the linen each day by Jackson.Food served was delicious and exotic with amazing table decorations each time.There was nightly entertainment by the crew.The top floor bar was amazing with enough chairs and tables for everyone.The servers were polite and made wonderful cocktails.The manager Kristina was always available , friendly and helpful.The guides were exceptionally talented and knew the exact locations of the monkeys on our daily excursions.They had the laser pointers which were handy to see the sloths and the tiniest monkeys.Parana fishing was memorable.The night excursions were unique and they were able to catch 02 crocks which we will never forget.Only these guides would have done so and they made an extra effort to enhance our experience we have to thank them profusely.

In summary this was an experience of a life time and worth each penny.

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We spent a week (in mid August, 2016) cruising the Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria - Perú’s largest wildlife sanctuary - aboard the Delfin II as part of a National Geographic/Lindblad excursion. We chose this trip over alternatives because it was the only one that offered a week long program. It was great.

We saw an abundance of amazing and beautiful birds, as well as a lot of animals. Though, at the low water season, animals at the tops of tall trees can be harder to spot, we got up close and personal with an anaconda and communed with a sloth hanging around in a low branch of a small on our first hike; came across a capybara family who were hanging out by the waters edge one evening; and swam with the extraordinary pink dolphins in the waters of the Upper Amazon. Other highlights included meeting local villagers at Los Amazonas, learning about their lives and getting the chance to buy their gorgeous art/craft representations of the the Reserve's wildlife (great souvenirs purchased directly from the women who made them).

The Delfin II is a lovely boat, and as we were celebrating a milestone birthday we chose one of the 4 Master Suites (which we thought was worth the extra money for the space). Food on board was very good - though there really was too much of it, with a (bit unvarying) buffet breakfast (though eggs are cooked to order) and two, three course meals for lunch and dinner. I dealt with this by (mostly) skipping breakfast and just having a taste of the deserts.

Security on the Delfin II was good, having been beefed up in response to a rise in river piracy - one probably inevitable consequence of an influx of rich tourists into an area which has a lot of grinding poverty.

The only downside on the boat was that beer/wine was not included in the price (which was already pretty steep), and it's quite a hike between Iquitos and Nauta (where the Delfin departs).

However, if you have the cash, I can't think of a nicer way to get to know the beauty of the Peruvian Amazon. We're even considering returning to see how different it is in the wet season...

2  Thank EllaDexter
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

This was an awesome experience with Amazon Explorer Iquitos. At the Emperador Terraza (a beautiful, small central hotel in Iquitos), recomended this company.

We camp in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and this is the best to observe wildlife. We saw dolphins, monkeys, sloths, alligator and anaconda (anacondas are very difficult to see, so we were lucky). Staff very helpful and meals tasteful.

We recomend Amazon Explorer and Emperador Terraza hotel.

Thank Irene Victoria R
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