Synergy happens when 25 distinguished years of international business experience from a former senior banker who has a taste for casual yet refined travel is combined with the thoughtful, awe-inspiring artistic background of a creative and well-travelled interior designer. Embracing a belief in the power of experiencing the world from a beautiful new way, they have teamed up to bring an innovative and breathtaking travel experience and together they help build and support an experience uniquely unsurpassed. This remarkable perspective is based on recognising the value of sustainable communities living harmoniously with intimate river access to pristine canopies and the Amazon jungle; a sight believed to be a contender as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Imagine for a brief moment the smell of fresh cut grass after a misty afternoon, the sun is still shining bright and warm, the sounds of monkeys and tropical birds – maybe the sound of crickets chirping away. You find yourself in the protected portion Amazon Rainforest, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This area is one of the world’s most important biodiversity reserves. It is the Porsche of ecotourism, the largest reserve in Peru; it encompasses 5,139,680 acres and lies 106 feet above sea level. The reserve is meant to house and protect species native to the low-lying jungle. This preserve is inhabited by species on the verge of extinction, including the spider monkey, giant otter, manatee, and the harpy eagle. During the Rainy season (December- May) in the Andes, the water level rises in the Amazon, flooding 85 percent of the reserve making it only accessible by boat, allowing travel even deeper into the jungle.
As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the Americas, more than 1/3 of all species recorded in the world are found in the Amazon basin, constituting the largest collection of living plant and animal species in the world. One in five of all the birds recorded, live in this extraordinary habitat. It also contains 3,000 species of freshwater fish and holds the largest freshwater fish in the world, the Paiche and Arapaima, attaining a length of up to 16 feet.
As part of the adventure guests are offered the opportunity to observe the pink and grey dolphins up close and if the animals feel friendly enough, they will allow guests to join them for a swim.
Delfin Amazon Cruises (DAC) has taken personalized boutique travel and services one step beyond the ordinary. Their first class service allows guests explore the beauty the area has to offer, and relax in the comfort and style guests deserve. At DAC they have a long term commitment with the Amazon and with all their guests. They consider that from the minute guests set foot on Iquitos until guests depart back home, guests deserve top quality services.
Bringing together an encounter from the best of both worlds, guests enjoy the Amazon Rainforest as a magical place. Its sounds, aromas, and atmosphere will capture guests with awe. While staying true to the natural architecture and design of the local environment; the vessel manages to bring the comfort and style of a 5-star hotel.
In a setting of understated excellence and world- class hospitality this river vessel features Delfin Amazon Cruises as the pioneer upscale river cruise operator in the Amazon discovery aboard one of their two luxury vessels, the Delfin I & the Delfin II.
The Delfin I, the recently reconditioned vessel, offers four spacious and luxurious cabins. The beds are covered with linens made of the finest Peruvian Pima Cotton. Décor of each room is unique and created by the women of Puerto Miguel. All the suites have a private terrace, and two offer private whirlpools. The Delfin II offers 14 comfortable and authentic cabins: 10 Suites and four Master Suites. Four of which can be interconnected to accommodate families.
They offer five days / four nights and four days / three night programmess aboard both of their vessels, or private charter may be arranged. Guests may enjoy night safaris, piranha fishing, bird watching, swimming around dolphins, flora and fauna spotting as part of the nature experience. Both vessels have recently added Kayaking as an additional activity, ideal for fishing or paddling through quiet waters. And now, the Delfin I also offers Canopy Walks, enhancing guest experience by placing them right in the middle of the action in the attic of Amazon.
Peru is now known to be a culinary hot spot, and for years has been widely known as the melting pot of cuisines. Locals have crafted several regional cuisines that vary directly based on the resources available to their areas. Now if guests are looking for a taste of what the Amazon, as a region has to offer, prepare to be wowed. Peru may be culinary mecca. With famously exotic fruits and vegetables, and the tremendous variety of fine fish available, guests are sure to be satisfied.
The executive chef Isaac Saavedra, the best chef on the Amazon River, will surprise guests with the wonders of Amazon Creole Cuisine. He spoils guests with a unique culinary experience specifically catered to take them places guests have never been before.
A casually elegant setting creates a welcoming and peaceful environment for those who want to get away from it all, or those looking to relax after a day of fun-filled activities. Enjoy the opportunity to connect with nature while seated on soft and large sofas while seeing the breathtaking sights of the Amazon and brilliant star gazing at night. Both vessels are equipped with an entertainment center, library with an assortment of multimedia material, and wildlife presentations focusing on the Amazon rainforest. For children, the Delfin offers an Xbox to entertain them in-between the numerous activities that their guides have planned for their afternoons. For Adults they employ on staff a wellness specialist to offer relaxing massage sessions at a minimal fee. For those wanting to really unwind they have a superb mixologist aboard each vessel ready to take guests on a tour of tasteful cocktails; some mixes are distinctly native to Peru.
Delfin Amazon Cruises is committed to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate sustainable economy for the river people or “ribereños”, as they call them. They work very closely with the women of Puerto Miguel, a small river community with whom they have built a fantastic arts and crafts market with a variety of palm fibre, natural seeds and wood products. Currently there are about 45 women working together to provide for their families.
Delfin Amazon Cruises hopes that by supporting local economies and purchasing their goods they will empower these women to provide for their children’s well being and instill in their families community pride and moral values with opportunities for education. Part of the guest’s journey will be to this community where they can visit and see how the native locals live and if guests like they can purchase the goods and have them shipped to your home. Their influence and hard work can be seen all over the décor of the vessels and are available for purchase. All craft proceeds go to purchase school supplies for the local community schools.
The Amazon Rainforest has an unfortunate history as victim of “environmental abuse” due to the quest for Amazon treasures: minerals, oil, animal skins, precious stones and metals – to name a few. Aldo Macchiavello and Lissy Urteaga hope to conscientiously introduce the world through experiential education and are dedicated to entertain and enlighten guests who visit this paradise in style.
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Phone: (51-1) 719-0999
Fax: (51-1) 717-1682