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Pink River Dolphin by Alfredo Dosantos at the Tahuayo Lodge, Iquitos, Peru

The Iquitos Amazon is a fantastic region to visit.

Iquitos itself is very distinct from other Peruvian areas. This is the gateway to the Amazon River and Rainforest of northern Peru. You can explore fantastic sections of rainforest nearby. And you will see many different animals and giant trees from the top Iquitos Amazon River tours.

One of the favorite groups of animals to see are the many different monkeys. And there are many species to find. These include the large species like howler monkeys. And also the smaller species, including capuchins, squirrel monkeys and tamarins. There are also the very small and much-loved pygmy marmosets. The Iquitos rainforest is also a fantastic place to find pink river dolphins, sloths, toucans, parrots, iguanas, anaconda and much more.

The best sections of preserved rainforest are within the protected areas.

These include the large Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, covering 2 million hectares of Amazon. And there is also the neighboring Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. These are both in connected and continuous rainforest offering fantastic experiences.

The Pacaya Samiria is best explored by cruise because of its giant and flooded nature. We will mention some of these fantastic cruises below.

The Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve is best explored from two deep rainforest lodges called the Tahuayo Lodge and Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center.

Let’s get started with the top Iquitos Amazon tours.

  1. The Delfin I Luxury Cruise

    Delfin I Suite - Iquitos Amazon River Tours

    The Delfin I Luxury Cruise provides only 4 spacious suites to maximize your comfort on the Amazon River. And it is more akin to a floating, luxurious boutique hotel than a cruise.

    The vessel offers you high quality service, gourmet cuisine and incredible wildlife tours. With only 4 suites, the Delfin I offers you more exclusivity and space than the Delfin III and Delfin II vessels below.

    The cruise has won many awards for its service and has been featured in CNN Money, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler and Travel+Leisure.

    Two of these suites go a step further by offering private whirlpools on your private deck. This is ideal in the tropical environment. The pool offers you a relaxing and cool escape after exploring the rainforest.

    All of the four spacious suites are then wrapped with beautiful 180° panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. These allow you a constant connection to the rainforest.

    Guests often enjoy relaxing on their luxurious king-sized bed, or added sofa bed, and gazing at the rainforest. Watch the trees pass by as we travel deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

    Very often, you will see beautiful parrots, kingfishers and other wildlife simply by relaxing in your indulgent suite.

    Click the video below for a quick introduction to the Delfin I.

    Delfin I

    In the Delfin I’s elegantly designed dining room, taste delicious high-class cuisine. Meals are touched with the flavors from the surrounding rainforest. Enjoy traditional Creole dishes and international favorites accompanied with fine wine. Of course, this is accompanied by attentive, personal service.

    On the top deck, you can find overly comfortable sofas to create the epitome of luxury. These not only provides a great place to enjoy relaxing in the day, but is a must-visit area in the evening for incredible stargazing.

    You will enjoy seeing the Milky Way and and reflections of the stars, moon and trees in the waterways.

    Each day, you will enjoy exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your highly trained rainforest guide will help you find many rainforest animals and plants.

    Have chance sightings of pink river dolphins, river otters, orchids and colorful flowers. See several different monkeys moving through the trees, fascinating reptiles and a very high number of colorful birds.

    You will explore the rainforest on skiff expeditions, forest walks and an optional kayaking experience.

    As space aboard the Delfin I is at a premium, we recommend sending your message to check availability at least 6 months before your visit.

    To check availability for your travel dates, send your request to the Delfin I using the tour bubble below.

    Includes: all meals, accommodation, all excursions, alcoholic beverages, juices, house wines, luxury transfers from & to Iquitos airport | 4, 5 days

  2. The Delfin III Cruise

    The Delfin III Cruise

    The Delfin III Cruise is a larger vessel than the Delfin I. But the vessel provides a similar level of comfort, cuisine and service.

    There are different suites to choose from. In addition to the regular upper and lower suites, the premium accommodation on the Delfin III Cruise include the Corner Suites at the front of the vessel and the spacious Owner’s Suite on the upper deck.

    Throughout the vessel, you will find very spacious lounging and dining areas. These keep you comfortable on your cruise. There is also an exercise room and spa area to enjoy a fantastic massage.

    Delicious cuisine is then served in the dining room. Your meals will be served after you have relaxed from your tour. And you will be served a variety of dishes inspired by the rainforest. These include traditional meals and international favorites. Attentive staff are then on hand to provide any extras and a selection of wines.

    You can choose from a 4-day or 5-day cruise of the Tahuayo and Pacaya Samiria rainforest regions. You will enjoy some fantastic wildlife.

    Enjoy expertly guided tours to see a range of animals. These include different monkeys, reptiles and delicate tree frogs. Hopefully, you will spot pink river dolphins, which are favorite inhabitants of the region.

    To check availability, send a request to the Delfin III with the tour bubble below.

    Includes: all meals, accommodation, all excursions, select alcoholic beverages, juices, house wines with meals, luxury transfers from & to Iquitos airport | 4, 5 days

  3. The Tahuayo Lodge

    Tahuayo Lodge

    If you’re after a little more connection to the Amazon, we recommend a rainforest lodge. And the Tahuayo Lodge is the top option for the Iquitos Amazon.

    Enjoy a bit more adventure in the Amazon Rainforest to see a high diversity of rainforest animals. The Tahuayo Lodge and Tahuayo Amazon Research Center offer a fantastic experience.

    For a quick introduction, you can click the video above.

    Both of these fantastic lodges can be visited on an 8-day tour of the Tahuayo Lodge. You will enjoy a private naturalist guide and a custom itinerary to focus on your interests. You can also pick a general rainforest experience.

    Visitors often enjoy adding to bird lists, enjoying hikes in the rainforest and canoeing the reserve. You can also spend a few days camping and even test your hand at survival. Others focus on getting great wildlife photographs.

    You will enjoy finding many Amazonian animals and plants on trail walks and canoe tours.

    Woolly Monkey - Iquitos Amazon River Tours

    The Tahuayo Lodge is also home to the largest canopy zipline in the Amazon. And the lodge provides many different itinerary options. A favorite activity is finding colorful poison dart frogs in Frog Valley. You can also learn about medicinal plants and observe different monkeys on the research center trail grid.

    Each day, you will head out with your personal guide to find many different animals. Spot a diversity of colorful birds like macaws, kingfishers and tanagers.

    You will explore the incredibly diverse Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. This is a 400,000 hectare protected area established to protect the rare uakari monkeys. With a little luck and some determination, a few guests get lucky to see these monkeys on deep hikes through the reserve.

    The Tahuayo Lodge Amazon Research Center has a 1,000-acre primate research grid to see many different monkeys.

    These include the tamarins, marmosets, squirrel monkeys and capuchins. You can also find the larger howler monkeys, titi monkeys and mysterious sakis.

    New species are continually being discovered in the reserve and you’re sure to see many different animals.

    In addition to the monkeys, you can spot hundreds of birds. There are also giant river otters, two different sloths, tamanduas and fascinating reptiles.

    Although offering rustic yet comfortable accommodation, many of the suites have en-suite bathrooms.

    Many guests comment on the friendly and helpful staff. The lodge prides itself on offering you personalized service to keep you comfortable during your stay.

    The focus of the tour is the high amount of wildlife to see at both jungle lodges and the adventure of exploring this incredible environment.

    To check availability for your dates, send the Tahuayo Lodge a request with the button below.

    Includes: all meals, accommodation at 2 rainforest lodges, private guide, custom activities, transfers from and to Iquitos airport. | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 days+

  4. The Delfin II Cruise

    The Delfin II is a luxury Amazon Rainforest cruise. Head deep into the vast flooded rainforest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. You will be reated to luxurious comfort. Enjoy delicious food, attentive service and explore with some of the Amazon’s top guides. It’s hard to find a better complement to this incredible forest.

    Click the video above for a short introduction.

    The Delfin II Amazon Cruise is fitted with 14 large suites. These are composed of 10 suites and 4 master suites providing 180° panoramic views at the front of the vessel.

    The Master Suites provide the best views as we head deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

    However, the regular suites are fitted with movie-screen size windows. These are great for observing the rainforest in comfort. Watch from your very comfortable king-sized bed fitted with the finest Peruvian cotton linen.

    The dining room is yet another place to observe the rainforest as you’re treated to some of the best examples of Peruvian cuisine. This is itself ranked as one of the world’s finest. Indulge your senses with high-quality contemporary Creole plates and international favorites. Some of the flavors are sustainably sourced from the surrounding rainforest. Examples include the camu camu fruits that flavor desserts, juices and various sauces.

    The main spaces of the Delfin II are the suites, dining room, observation deck and lounge. However, there is also the bar, entertainment center, exercise space, spa, presentation room and library

    The top deck is where you find the observation deck. This provides comfortable seating and a bar. Enjoy a cocktail or tea and coffee while watching the rainforest pass by.

    Each day, you will head into Amazonia with your highly trained naturalist guide. Find some of the fantastic wildlife and scenery of the Pacaya Samiria National Rainforest. See several different monkeys making their way through the trees. And enjoy chance sightings of pink river dolphins and delicate tree frogs.

    You will explore deep areas of the reserve. Head out on both skiff expeditions and trail walks when the weather allows. You will also enjoy night excursions to see black caiman and have the option of kayaking the waterways.

    Includes: all meals, accommodation, all excursions, select alcoholic beverages, juices, house wines with meals, luxury transfers from & to Iquitos airport | 4, 5 days

  5. The Aria Amazon Cruise

    The Aria Amazon Cruise is one of the most elegant looking vessels on the Amazon River. This was designed by a leading Peruvian architect. Enjoy a very comfortable way to explore the Amazon Rainforest with the elegant and refined interiors. The Aria is then fitted with the latest eco-sensitive technology.

    The Aria is fitted with 16 suites, spacious lounging and dining areas and an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the rainforest. You will enjoy fantastic tours of the Amazon Rainforest and wildlife.

    Throughout the vessel, you can find floor-to-ceiling windows. These keep you connected to the incredible environment. Enjoy spotting birds and plants from the comfort of the Aria Amazon Cruise itself. Guests often mention that watching the rainforest pass by from the comfort of their suite as one of the highlights of their visit.

    The suites are lined with polished timber flooring and your en-suite is fitted with rain showers and organic bath amenities. Your suite then comes with a California king-size bed. And it’s fitted with 100% Peruvian high-thread-count cotton sheets.

    In the dining room, you will enjoy delicious cuisine created by executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Meals are often inspired by the Amazon Rainforest. To accompany the delicious food, enjoy Peruvian art, fine china and crystal glassware.

    The elegance of the Aria Amazon Cruise then complements the fantastic Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Enjoy adventures into the reserve aboard customized skiff boats. You will see several different monkeys, parrots, bromeliads, orchids, toucans, reptiles and many colorful birds.

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    The Aria Amazon

    Iquitos, Peru

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Ash - Author & Travel Advisor 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 has interests including 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.
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