The Delfin I Cruise
Ranking as one of the world’s best travel experiences and topping our list on the top luxury Amazon tours, the Delfin I Cruise has been featured on CNN Money, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and Travel+Leisure. And it certainly deserves the attention.
Departing from Iquitos in northern Peru, the Delfin I provides an incredibly luxurious and memorable experience. With only four luxurious, over-sized suites, two complete with private whirlpools, the Delfin I is the epitome of exclusive luxury on the Amazon River. Enjoy gourmet cuisine with white-glove service and a cocktail from the cruise bar in the evenings.
Suites are wrapped with 180° panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows allowing a constant connection to the rainforest. This means you can relax on your king size bed or added sofa bed watching many different colorful birds, such as parrots and macaws flying over Amazonia.
Along with the suites on the second deck, you will find the dining room to enjoy casual and refined dining of Peruvian and international cuisine. Taste juices and desserts made from fruits from the areas you’re touring and savor the flavors of the Amazonian environment.
The top deck offers one more surprise with luxury seating on centrally placed large soft sofas for nature watching or stargazing. A fantastically peaceful area, enjoy observing the stunning detail of the Milky Way and the silhouettes and reflections of the trees and waterways.
Of course, this is just the cruise vessel which simply serves to compliment this stunning environment. From the Delfin I, head into one of the most diverse areas of the Amazon Rainforest and enjoy skiff expeditions, forest walks, and kayaking in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. You will be accompanied by some of the best guides in the Amazon to spot a fantastic amount of animals and plants, such as several different monkeys, toucans, macaw parrots, prehistoric-looking reptiles, orchids, bromeliads and much more.
The Delfin II Cruise
Offering the same level of luxury and experience to the Delfin I above, but with smaller suites, and again departing from Iquitos in northern Peru, the Delfin II is the sister ship of the Delfin I. The Delfin II contains 14 large guest suites with 4 master suites at the front of the vessel with 180° panoramic windows.
The 10 suites then provide large movie-screen-sized windows to keep you connected to the rainforest allowing you to spot different plants and animals from the comfort of your luxurious king-sized bed. The suites and en-suite bathrooms include all-cotton towels and bathrobes, the finest organic amenities, the most wonderful views, and the individual reading lights create the epitome of calm luxury and enjoyment.
The dining room is located on the upper deck where you will enjoy delicious cuisine of both Peruvian and international dishes. Peruvian gastronomy is regarded as one of the world’s finest and you’re sure to find some new favorites. For dessert or juice, you will then enjoy some flavors from the surrounding environment. Camu camu for example, which is a citrus fruit world famous for its medicinal properties is sustainably harvested from the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and adds a delicious flavoring to a number of desserts and juices.
In addition to excellent suites and dining room, the Delfin II features a lounge and lecture room, bar, entertainment center, and observation deck with library.
The observation deck features big, soft sofas and chairs where you watch the rainforest and river pass by. The bartender is then always on hand to provide cocktails and drinks. And Tea and coffee is always available.
Enjoy boat tours, rainforest walks (dependent on wet or dry season), and kayaking experiences to enjoy the fantastically diverse and wildlife-full Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Explore this section of the Amazon Rainforest to find howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchins, pink dolphins, giant lilies, tree-living anteaters, sloths, and colorful birds. Some nights we will also explore the reserve to spotlight for different caiman crocodiles.
La Selva Lodge
Another award-winning experience, La Selva Lodge sits in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, which is a section of rainforest reportedly containing more animals and plants than anywhere else in Amazonia. That is to say, anywhere else on Earth.
With sustainability and responsibility at the core of La Selva Lodge, this is a fantastic luxury experience in the Amazon Rainforest. Nestled on the bank of Lake Garzacocha, enjoy very comfortable bamboo styled cabins, excellent cuisine, and fantastic views over the rainforest.
La Selva Lodge is composed of nineteen very spacious and comfortable suites, which are separated into family suites catering to parents with children, scenic suites and superior suites, which offer rainforest showers, private balconies and fantastic views. The family suites then include extra-spacious bathrooms, hammocks and a tub on a private porch.
In addition to comfortable suites, the lodge features a fantastic restaurant and bar that opens out to beautiful views over the lagoon from a wraparound window. Enjoy delicious fresh meals from the restaurant overlooking the rainforest and choose from cold beer, soft drinks, juices and cocktails from the bar.
From La Selva Lodge, head out with your highly trained Amazon guide to spot many different animals and plants in the Yasuni National Park. As mentioned, this is one of the world’s most wildlife-rich areas and you’re sure to see some fascinating species. Your guide will help you spot several different monkeys, primative looking reptiles, such as caiman and caiman lizards, and a wide range of colorful birds. You will also visit the Yasuni clay lick for almost guaranteed wildlife sightings of wild parrots.
The Aria Amazon Cruise
The Aria is one of the most visually stunning vessels on the Amazon’s waterways. Designed by a leading Peruvian architect, the Aria Amazon Cruise provides a very comfortable way to explore the Amazon River and Rainforest.
Offering a spacious and indulgent cruise, the Aria Amazon Cruise provides 16 luxuriously designed cabins, an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the rainforest, generous dining and lounging areas, and fantastic tours of the Amazon’s animals and plants.
The Aria Amazon Cruise is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing a constant connecting with this incredible environment. Watch birds and rainforest plants from the comfort of the lounge areas, dining room, or from the luxurious comfort of your bed or daybed. Many guests aboard the Aria Amazon Cruise consider laying on the bed watching the rainforest pass by to be among their favorite cruise experiences.
Four of the suites can be interconnected for families or to provide your own Amazon apartment for a truly luxurious experience. The suites are decorated with natural fibers and relaxing hues and are fitted with air conditioning to keep you comfortable.
Suites measure a spacious 23 square meters (250 square feet) and are lined with polished timber flooring. Your ensuite contains rain showers and organic bath amenities. The central feature of the suite is then the California king size bed (which can be separated into two twin beds) fitted with 100% Peruvian high-thread-count cotton sheets. To get a little closer to the window, you also have a cozy window-side day bed. The cruise is then fitted with the latest eco-sensitive technology
The elegantly designed dining room is then where you will savor the creations of executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Amazonia-inspired cuisine. The room is decorated with contemporary Peruvian art, fine china and crystal glassware.
Again, like all the Amazon’s experiences, the luxury and elegance of the Aria Amazon Cruise only compliment the Amazon Rainforest’s incredible wildlife and scenery. Aboard customized launch boats, enjoy exploring the Amazon with some of the rainforest’s best wildlife guides. Spot some of the several different monkeys, orchids, bromeliads, toucans, reptiles, parrots, and other colorful birds. A favorite wildlife encounter are the pink dolphins, which can often be seen playing in the Amazon’s waterways.
The Delfin III Cruise
Previously known as the Amazon Discovery, the Delfin III offers a spacious yet intimate interior. Enjoy large lounging and dining areas with very comfortable accommodation. Choose from a range of suites catering to how much space and comfort you would like.
Select from the Suites and Upper Suites offering comfort with a little less space or choose from the larger Corner and Owner’s Suites. These are at the front of the vessel for some of the best views as we head deep within the rainforest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Aside from the space, the Corner Suites feature the same fantastic inclusions as the Owner’s Suite.
As well as relaxing in comfort and enjoying fantastic wildlife excursions, aboard the Delfin III you will be eating delicious cuisine. The dishes have been specially designed with influence from Amazonia and you will be served by attentive staff caring for your dining needs.
We will enjoy exploring the fascinating flora and fauna of the Tahuayo Rivers and Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with expert nature guides. This is one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse areas. See some amazing spectacles, such as different monkeys jumping through the trees, pink dolphins playing in the rivers, caiman crocodiles lurking in the shallows, and flocks of toucans and parrots flying above the rainforest.
The Amazon Villa
Nestled in southern Peru’s Amazon Rainforest sits the Amazon Villa at the edge of the Tambopata National Reserve. This is the most exclusive experience on the list as the entire villa is a private lodge specially crafted for romantic getaways or for those wanting a little more privacy. With an extra bed, this is also a great choice for small families looking for a private family trip.
The surrounding area is part of one of the world’s largest areas of protected and continuous tropical forest, which extends through southern Peru and into Bolivia. It is not surprising that this section is also one of the Amazon’s most diverse areas for animals and plants. With a great many clay licks and fascinating lakes, enjoy touring the rainforest to find many different monkeys, colorful parrots and toucans, interesting reptiles, and hopefully some rarer Amazon wildlife.
This is your exclusive lodge for your rainforest stay and you can enjoy your choice from a selection of fantastic rainforest activities. The Amazon Villa is a private bungalow featuring a very comfortable king-sized large bed, a 40 inch flat screen television to watch nature videos and documentaries, a place to use your laptop, WiFi, electricity in the rainforest, and a dining room to enjoy excellent private meals. The villa is also fitted with a spacious bathroom equipped with hot water and a tub for soaking in comfort at the end of a long, incredible day in the Peruvian rainforest.
To compliment your premium experience at the Amazon Villa, you can take your pick from a variety of activities in the rainforest. Enjoy your pick of various options, such as rainforest walks, mountain biking through the Amazon, kayaking the waterways scouting for animals, canopy climbing, star gazing from the canopy tower, caiman watching, paddle boarding, spend a day at Lake Sachavacayoc, visiting the parrot clay lick or macaw clay lick, night walks, a sunset boat ride on the Tambopata, and rainforest craft workshops. You can then finish your tour with a picnic dinner around a cozy fire.
The Napo Wildlife Center
A luxury lodge for the Yasuni National Park, Napo Wildlife Center is a much-loved experience of the Amazon Rainforest. Sitting on the bank of the Napo River, the lodge is in a great position for wildlife.
The Napo Wildlife Center was built and is owned by members of the indigenous people of the Kichwa Añangu Community. Containing only 16 private cabins, which are composed of 12 standard and 4 luxury suites, the lodge is one of the few luxurious lodges in the rainforest and the only luxury lodge owned by a native community.
Not only community owned, the lodge takes environmental responsibility very seriously and applies eco-sensitive methods to power, water treatment, and by using paddle-canoes where possible to reduce noise.
The main building of the Napo Wildlife Center is a central structure to the lodge and includes the dining room and lounge area, which is a favored place for guests to meet and share stories about their experiences. The building also houses the bar and library to enjoy a drink and books on what you will find in the surrounding rainforest. You can also enjoy the 40 meter canopy tower to spot different colorful birds and to look out over this vast rainforest.
In addition to enjoying very comfortable suites and the added extras, such as the canopy tower and library, the experience really revolves around the incredible Yasuni National Park. Found by researchers studying rainforest species to be the most diverse section of the Amazon Rainforest, the wildlife you can find in Yasuni is simply astounding.
Enjoy heading out on rainforest walks to find some amazing wildlife, such as many different monkeys, parrots flying overhead and at the Yasuni clay lick, and a variety of other fascinating animals. In addition to walking the rainforest in daylight hours, we will also enjoy some nocturnal adventures to see a whole new array of rainforest life. As well as walks in the Amazon, enjoy canoe trips along lakes and rivers, birding trips, and boat tours. Your skillful and highly trained Amazon guides will help you spot some fascinating rainforest wildlife.
The Anakonda Cruise
The only luxury Amazon vessel in Ecuador, the Anakonda Amazon Cruise provides a very comfortable way to explore the famous Yasuni National Park.
The Anakonda Amazon Cruise is fitted with eighteen spacious suites featuring large and comfortable beds, private balconies, spacious seating areas, a large observation deck, an outdoor jacuzzi, and an al fresco lounge for relaxing cocktails, reading, or for enjoying spectacular scenery.
Your dining experience aboard the Anakonda Amazon Cruise consists of refreshing and delicious tropical cuisine, including tasty Ecuadorian dishes and international classics. As well as the beautifully designed dining room, we can also arrange for a luxury-styled glamping experience in the rainforest where staff members set up a very comfortable camp and bring you your food in the forest.
Fitted with large panoramic windows to keep a connection with the Amazon Rainforest, the cruise allows you to see many different animals and plants from the comfort of the vessel itself. The vessel is also equipped with canoes for land excursions, 10 kayaks, hammocks, naturalist tour leaders, and a travel concierge.
The luxury of the Anakonda Amazon Cruise compliments the fantastic sights you will see in the rainforest. Head into the Amazon with your expert guide to see different colorful birds, monkeys, reptiles, and other rainforest animals, visit riverside communities for cross-cultural experiences, enjoy glamping, which is a luxury form of camping in the middle of the Amazon, kayak the waterways, learn about natural medicine, and explore the many different lakes and rivers to find rainforest wildlife.
The Zafiro Cruise
One of the newest luxury cruises on the Amazon River, the Zafiro Cruise is the luxurious sister ship to the much loved Amatista for cruises into the highly diverse Pacaya Samiria National Reserve from Iquitos in northern Peru.
The Zafiro was designed as a floating 5 star hotel with a generous observation deck and elegant jacuzzi where you can observe the rainforest, watch the sunset or sunrise, and simplywatch the river pass by.
Your luxurious suite then includes a private balcony to enjoy watching the rainforest from the comfort of your room or simply watch through the large floor-to-ceiling windows from your very comfortable bed. There are also four interconnected suites ideal for families.
In true Amazon exploration tradition, enjoy leaving the vessel on excursion boats with highly trained Amazon guides to find the many different animals and plants of the Amazon Rainforest, such as howler monkeys, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, toucans, macaws, caiman lizards, caiman, and much much more. Depending on your itinerary, you will also visit community visits for some cultural exchanges to see how people live on the side of the Amazon River.
You dining experience on the Zafiro are prepared with a regional fusion served buffet style inspired by the Amazon environment. All meals include a variety of salads and fruits and a selection of breads. There is also a vegetarian and children’s menu if notified in advance.
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica provides a luxury lodging experience in the Tambopata rainforest of southern Peru. Sitting in its own private 17,000 hectare (42,008-acre) reserve of the Amazon Rainforest, explore the area to see many different birds, plants and other animals of the Amazon. Although the area is a little less diverse than the Pacaya Samiria Reserve or Tambopata Reserve, the Reserva Amazónica Lodge still offers a fantastic introduction to the Amazon for guests who prioritise comfort ahead of getting deep into the rainforest.
Choose from a selection of different suite options, such as the luxurious Tambopata Suites and Amazonica Suites or the very comfortable Superior Rio and Superior rooms. All accommodation feature bathrooms with hot running water, plush bathrobes and Andean slippers. The suites and rooms mainly differs in how spacious the rooms are and the particular view. The Tambopata Suite then features private covered terraces with plunge pools and sunbathing chairs.
You can choose from a menu of excursions where you will head out into Amazonia with your explorer guide who will help shape an itinerary around your interests. You can choose from rainforest walks, paddling the waterways, more intensive jungle treks, crossing the exciting canopy bridge, and bird watching or plant studies.
About the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Amazon and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical destinations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.