Visit to the Delfín II Amazon Cruise in Peru
Nov 7, 2009
By: Lucía Peña – Metropolitan Touring Peru
I left Lima on the evening flight to Iquitos, where I met the other passengers embarking the Delfín II, being a total of 22 people. We arrived at the pier in Nauta and the reception was astonishing! Cinnamon and clove scented icy towels, a welcome drink of local fruit in an appropriate atmosphere for the occasion.
We boarded the Cruise into the third deck where we received a briefing of the activities, meal times and the distribution of keys. After we settle in our spacious cabins we headed to dinner, which featured a very nice atmosphere. The presentation of the table was quite a sight, because the decor is not repeated even once. The day ended and I headed to my cabin where I rest in my cozy bed. The Dolphin II has 14 spacious suite cabins, including 4 master suites on the bow with 180 degree panoramic windows and 10 suites of which 4 are communicating thinking on accommodating families. The cabins have all the amenities to match any room suite worldwide, without losing its casual spirit. The cabin area at each level has air conditioning as well as corridors that are separated from other common areas by a glass door. In the second level is the dining room and on the third level or observation deck there is an extremely comfortable lounge bar to enjoy some exotic drink or a pleasant outdoor reading.
The morning came, and the opened curtains were a show … just rivers and nature. It was the Yarapa River, a tributary of the Amazon River, where you could see the junction of rivers, one beige, and the other one brown and pink dolphins swimming around. A view worth admiring! After a rich and varied breakfast we left early for the first excursion to Yanallpa and after a tasty lunch we went out to explore the Dorado River, one of the favorite spots for the shy pink dolphin.
We explored the area and its lagoons finding all kinds of wildlife. We return to the cruise to freshen up and prepare for dinner which came with a small live music by members of staff.
The most fun and exciting for me came on the fourth day excursion to fish piranhas and the afternoon swim with pink and gray dolphins at Atun Poza Lake, a heavenly place! Upon returning in the evening the classic search for alligators. The crew and all staff members were great at any time of day, always smiling, willing to answer any concerns or help, and especially ensuring our security.
Definitely a memorable experience, filled with excitement, exquisite dishes and comfort in the Peruvian Jungle! A really enjoyable experience that can be recommended to any traveler.