Delfin I and II
Luxurious cruises in the Peruvian Amazon on small, chic contemporary expedition vessels with personalised service.
Delfin’s fleet of innovative expeditionary vessels ( Delfin l, Delfin ll and Delfin lll ) explores the tributaries of the Amazon river, the protected forests along its banks and the communities which speckle the shoreline. Externally, they resemble the traditional Amazon riverboats which you can still see moored on the quays of river ports and which are still the principal form of transport for goods and people in the region. The boats have been designed, however, to maximise the jungle experience of guests, with massive floor-to-ceiling picture windows in the sleek contemporary cabins and public areas allowing unobstructed views of the riverbanks, islands, and the wildlife – especially the birds flitting along the water’s surface or between the trees of the forest canopy.
Delfin welcomes guests looking for an intimate, high-end, service-oriented river cruise, with personalised attention from a well trained crew and qualified naturalist guides and gourmet Peruvian cuisine. Delfin l offers the ultimate in luxury, with just four over-sized suites with private terrace, two of which have their own Jacuzzi. There’s a superb open air observation deck with deluxe sofas and a bar, so that you can watch the sunset in comfort with a cocktail in your hand. Delfin ll is larger, receiving up to 30 guests in similarly light and spacious suites with polished hardwood floors and state-of-the-art furnishings and fittings. She has an impressive range of facilities including a spa, lecture room and library as well as a bar and observation deck. Delfin lll, the largest with accommodation for 43 guests is the most recent addition to the fleet.
Guided excursions to visit more closely the creeks and corners of Pacaya Samiria National Park take place on motorised skiffs carrying a maximum of 10 passengers.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"It was the overall experience that was important and I keep finding myself recalling small details that were entrancing at the time and then got lost in the next bout of sensory overload. In the end, I'd say it was the fact that I was able to speak almost nothing but Spanish for the duration of my trip that gave and gives me the greatest pleasure. Partly this is satisfaction that I adapted my Castillian Spanish so well to Peru. More importantly, I know that I got much more out of my guided tours because my guides were able to convey subtleties in their own language that would have got lost in translation. This is one of the key pluses of the 'tailor made' model. Having mainly private tours and excursions meant that I rarely had to compromise on this, for me, key aspect of the experience."DM, Nottingham
Most Memorable Moment?: The train from Cusco to Puno ... Best day by far. Plenty of time to relax and hang out with the family in very comfortable surroundings, fantastic views all they way. Also loved Lake Titicaca ... Again a great day.KH,
“We enjoyed all the places we visited on our holiday in Peru, and the experience was enhanced by friendly and knowledgeable local guides. The spectacular scenery we saw will stay in our minds for quite some time.”MM, Newcastle Upon Thyne
Inca Trail: This was an incredible experience. The guide/porters were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.DH, Aylesbury
Highlight: Machu Picchu - truly breath taking.PT, Swindon
Highlights: That's hard.., so many... for Alex: inca trail, for us: condors, lake titicaca, huchuy qosqo, ruins around cusco, colca canyon riding, chinchero market, moray & maras, macchu Picchu / inkaterra. We loved it all.CB, Sandwich
Everything was fantastic. We had a great holiday that we will remember for years to come.CLA,
“The food in Brazil and Peru was amazing. This was unexpectedly the best foodie holiday we ever had.”NV, Bethnal Green
For me, I think that it was the Lords of Sipan and Royal Tombs Museum, and the Temple of the Moon at Trujillo. For Angela, it was Tucume and the Temple of the Moon.PS, Reading
We really enjoyed the whole trip and found the Peruvian people very friendly and helpful and determined to better themselves and their country.SJ, Cambridge
Inca trail, Machu Picchu, cusco, colca canyon, Arequipa, uros islands Guides on inca trail, sacred valley, 3rd party: cooking course in cusco, trek in colca canyon, salsa dancing cusco, via Ferata in sacred valley.CM, Eastleigh
Most Memorable Moment?: Arriving at Machu Pichu - seen the photographs could not believe actually there.CM, Bradford-on-avon
Most memorable experience: “Colca Canyon, Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu without doubt. The journey from Ingapirca to Cuenca was very beautiful.”CR, Truro
Most memorable experience: “Probably visiting the islands on Lake Titicaca followed closely by HB train and Machu Picchu"TS, Birmingham
Highlights?: White water rafting on the Urabamba river, Pirahna fishing and the lake titicaca tour.MH, London
Most Memorable Moment?: One day hike to Sun Gate/Macchu PicchuSF, Woking
Most Memorable Moment?: Every step of the way was amazing... But Machu Picchu was undeniably the crown jewel of the tripJB,
"All of it was memorable in different ways as the culture is so different. We found the Peruvian people helpful and cheerful. We enjoyed Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, along with all of the trips and transfers."GH, Keighley
"The people, mixing with the Peruvian people in the markets, talking and laughing with them."JL, Cobham
Highlight?: Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time, it literally took my breather away, Ineven had tears in my eyes it is so stunning.CE, Rickmansworth
“It is great to know that you are going to have a fantastic holiday every time you travel to Peru.JL, Cobham
Machu Picchu was the most memorable part of the trip. The rain forest was fun. We loved the Andean Express train journey too.MdlATS, London
Highlight?: The train journey to M Picchu and seeing M Picchu - absolutely awesome and I got a seat on the left of the train (for best views!). The tour of the Salt Flats and journey to San Pedro were stunning too. Really good tour guide during this part. Hannah at JLA was a great help before and during the holiday. She made it possible to visit on the desired dates (e.g. so I could go on a star gazing tour in San Pedro during a change in mood cycle). Always replied promptly to my emails. Especially appreciated little extras - e.g. being on the left of the train to M. Picchu for the best views, being allocated window seats on planes, etc. All this meant I could really enjoy the scenary. Stand out hotels were in Urubamba, M. Picchu, and Uyuni - all exceeding my expectations. I didn't realise so many lunches / dinners were included which was a great bonus.MP, Amersham
By fay the most memorable part was our time at refugio Amazonas.... The staff made our stay wonderful. Really cannot recommend this place enough.JW, Swadlincote
Highlights: So many . Cuzco ,explora stay in Sacred Valley ( including amazing hikes) , Macchu Picchu , lunch at AStrid y Gaston in LIma.MO, London
A fantastic travel company for Peru. Highly respected locally. The whole Itinerary was flawless with extremely professional local reps in Peru. I believe the Inca trail company in Cusco to be the best there!JD, Swansea
Highlight: Reaching the sun gate mid/late afternoon to see Machu Picchu bathed in sunshine.RK, Worcester
"The aim was always to get to Machu Pichu and we did it in style all the way. MP was everything we expected. Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu hotel all fab as was the Hiram Bingham train ride back to Cusco."JE, London
We had a private tour, which we think was the best way to do this sort of trip. Although we had only 9 days in Peru in the Cuzco area, we managed to cover an extensive amount of material in depth and the whole trip was unforgettable. The local organisation was superb - punctual, knowledgeable, reliable, etc.PS, Reading
Highlight?: Probably the condors at Colca Canyon.PT
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