• The Amazon River cuts its way through Peruvian rain forest.

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  • Victoria amazonica, the giant Amazon water lily. It can grow leaves nine feet in diameter. 

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  • Scarlet macaws preen.

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  • Look closely at the riverside rain forest. Life is hidden in every nook and cranny.

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The Peruvian Amazon. 4 Journeys.

Welcome to the Peruvian Amazon. We explore the river and its basin aboard two excellent boats: the eight-passenger Delfin I, a lovely vessel built specifically for these waters and recently refurbished to exacting details; and the new Delfin III, which carries 43 lucky passengers in grand style along the Amazon.

     R. Crusoe offers four slightly different journeys, two are six days, and two are seven days. All these journeys begin and end in Lima, Peru. On all departures, overnight in Lima, fly to Iquitos, then explore the river's highlights, among them remarkable Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.

     The Amazon's sweeping proportions mimic those of an ocean. The river winds through South America’s heart of darkness, shaping the lives of isolated rain forest tribes. Along the river, we catch glimpses of life as it peeks through the verdant walls of jungle ferns and bromeliads along the shores. We penetrate the banks for a firsthand look at rarely seen, giant water lilies in bloom.

     Imagine coming face to face with pink dolphins, giant lilies, and prehistoric birds. Can you? Adventure awaits.


Peru

Type:Custom Journeys/Rivers & Rails

Mode:Water

Journeys

R. Crusoe & Son invites you on one of four wonderful journeys—two are seven days, the other are six—in Peru’s Amazonian Basin. Cruise aboard either the eight-passenger, recently renovated Delfin I, or the brand new 43-passenger Delfin III. All journeys run throughout the year. Please note: The rainy season in the Amazon Basin is from December to April; the dry season is May through November. The region is navigable during both the dry and wet seasons, and each has its merits.

During the Amazon portion of these journeys, R. Crusoe & Son partners with Delfin Amazon Cruises. Unless you are chartering the river boat, you share the Delfin I or the Delfin III with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Two Peruvian Amazon Cruises Aboard the Delfin I. 

7 Days. Departs every Thursday throughout the year.   
Day 1:
United States; Lima, Peru
Day 2:
Lima, Iquitos, embark in Nauta
Day 3:
Fundo Casual, Yanayacu River, Pucate River, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Day 4:
Amazon Park, Tahuampa Lake, Nauta, Caño Creek
Day 5:
Yarapa River, Piraña Caño Creek
Day 6:
San Francisco, disembark in Nauta, ACOBIA Manatee Rescue Center, Iquitos, Lima
Day 7:
United States

6 Days. Departs every Monday throughout the year.   
Day 1:
United States; Lima, Peru
Day 2:
Lima, Iquitos, embark in Nauta
Day 3:
Fundo Casual, Yanayacu River, Pucate River, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Day 4:
Amazon Park, San Jacinto Lake or Nauta Caño
Day 5:
San Francisco, disembark in Nauta, ACOBIA Manatee Rescue Center, Iquitos, Lima
Day 6:
United States


Two Peruvian Amazon Cruises Aboard the Delfin III. 

7 Days. Departs every Saturday beginning 22 July 2017.
Day 1: United States; Lima, Peru
Day 2: Lima, Iquitos, embark in Nauta
Day 3: Samiria River, Yanayaquillo, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

Day 4:
Yanayacu River, Pucate River, Nauta
Day 5: Fundo Casual, San Francisco, Unión de los Rios
Day 6: Disembark in Nauta, ACOBIA Manatee Rescue Center, Iquitos, Lima
Day 7: United States

6 Days. Departure days vary throughout the year. Speak to an R. Crusoe travel specialist for specific departure dates.
Day 1: United States; Lima, Peru
Day 2: Lima, Iquitos, embark in Nauta
Day 3: Samiria River, Yanayquillo, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
Day 4: Yanayacu River, Pucate River, Nauta Caño Creek
Day 5: Disembark in Nauta, ACOBIA Manatee Rescue Center, Iquitos, Lima
Day 6: United States

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Pricing

7-day journey: Per person sharing cabin from $3,700.

6-day journey: Per person sharing cabin from $2,900.

Internal air per person (estimate): $420

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Ships.

The Delfin I.

The eight-passenger Delfin I, built in 1978, has been refurbished. She is 67 feet long and has a 33-foot beam. Her cruising speed averages eight knots. She carries with her two skiffs that are in radio communication with the Delfin I.

     Two Deluxe Master Suites of 360 square feet each are equipped with a king bed (or two twins), panoramic windows, bathroom, minibar, seating area with a sofa bed, air conditioning, safe, and a large private deck with private whirlpool.

     The two Master Suites have the same features except there are no private whirlpools on the decks.

     The Delfin I also has a dining room, observation deck, lounge, and bar.

 

 

The Delfin III.

The brand new Delfin III, which makes her debut in 2017, offers guests the highest levels of luxury on the Amazon. This is the largest of Delfin’s fleet, with capacity for 43 passengers. The ship has been beautifully finished with the finest details, hardwood floors, designer furniture, and handmade Peruvian artifacts.

     There are four categories of cabins. On the first deck are eight Suites complete with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows as well as two spacious Corner Suites facing the front of the ship. The second deck has 10 Upper Suites and one Owner’s Suite, the largest accommodation.

     Delfin III’s top deck features has an indoor and outdoor lounge, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and a bar.

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Meet the pink river dolphin.

It’s the year 1817. Imagine that you’re floating down the Amazon in the company of French zoologist and anatomist Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville, and you see something large and, well, pink, poke up out of the water.

     Perhaps it the wine just now going to your head? The heat, maybe, causing a hallucination? But what you’re seeing is not a pink elephant, not a pink panther. No, you’ve actually spotted a pink river dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, a native denizen of the mighty Amazon River.

     Two hundred years later, the pink dolphin—also known as the boto—still thrives in these waters. They are one of only five freshwater dolphin species on the planet.

     Botos are quite unique, most specifically for their coloring, which ranges from light grey to vivid (unmistakable) pink. These are the largest of the river dolphin species, the males reaching lengths of more than eight feet and weights that exceed 400 pounds (the females are noticeably smaller). Their bodies are robust but flexible because, unlike oceanic dolphins, their cervical vertebrae are not fused, so they can turn their heads a full 90 degrees. That, along with their extra-long fins, allow these pink beauties to maneuver easily not only in deep and shallow river waters, but also in flooded forests.

     Pink dolphins look different from those you’ve seen in saltwater. Pinks have long, needle-nosed snouts with nearly 30 pairs of teeth, conical in the front for grabbing prey and ridged toward the back for crushing. Their eyes are small but functional, and like many other toothed-whale species, their heads are crowned with so-called “melons,” organs used for echolocation (very handy in murky river water).

     Pink dolphins tend to lead solitary lives outside breeding season, but you can occasionally spot pods of four or moere individuals swimming together in the Amazon.

     Though scientists don’t know how many pink dolphins currently exist in the wild, they do know that the species lives in six countries through which the Amazon flows: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, a region of about 2.7 million square miles. Within the Amazon Basin, they inhabit only in the river itself, but also canals, tributaries, lakes, and the end of rapids and waterfalls. During the rainy season, they are even seen in flooded forests and floodplains.

     According to traditional Amazon folklore, at night a male river dolphin morphs into a handsome young man who seduces girls, impregnates them, and then returns to the river as a dolphin. Similarly, a female dolphin comes ashore as a wealthy, beautiful young woman who places a married man under a spell and seduces him. On the seventh night of visiting, she transfers a baby into his wife’s womb. This dolphin shapeshifter is called an encantado. The myth, it has been suggested, serves as a way of hiding incestuous relations, which can be quite common in small, isolated communities along the river.

 

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