Cruising the Amazon on the Delfin III

Imagine a place where you are able to completely disconnect from your electronics and commune with nature. To many, this probably sounds horrifying, but after 4 days of sporadic cell service you learn to appreciate the sounds of the jungle.

Visiting the Amazon in Peru is a bit like an African safari, except much of the wildlife you will see will be in the form of birds.  I am not a birder, but by day two I was actively searching for the Macaws, hawks and kingfishers. You hear the Macaws before you see them, so you have to use your ears as well as your eyes.  Ah, but to see those beautiful birds in the wild is a sight few get to experience. By day 2 we had also started to spot monkeys (there are over 13 different varieties in the Peruvian Amazon) sloths, bats, rats and Caiman (medium size crocodiles).  No trip to the Amazon would be complete without fishing for piranhas!

The Delfin III had good sized cabins and bathrooms with all the amenities one would expect of a river cruise.  There are only 20 cabins on board and the crew to guest ratio is almost 1:1. Staff on board were exceptional and extremely attentive.   

On our sailing we had only 4 English speaking guests with the rest being from Lima.  In particular we had one large family celebrating the life of a lost loved one. I loved watching the family play in the pool or enjoying a game of chess in the lounge.  The patriarch had loved the jungle and this was the perfect place to celebrate his life.

The lounge area is where we would meet at night to discuss the next days activities.  During the day we had a little pool and sun deck, and there were also various classes or activates offered in the afternoon.  Bonus – The lounge was also where we were treated to unlimited pisco sours!

While I speak very little Spanish, one of our fellow passengers wanted to learn more about us and invited us for a drink at the bar.  The bartender translated back and forth for us over more pisco sours. She was curious about the same mundane things we wondered about the people of Peru before we got there –  what does your family eat at home, to how many children do you have.  The one thing I love about river cruises, regardless if they are in Europe, South East Asia, Africa or South America is that those on board crave making connections with other like minded travelers.  

The food on board the Delfin was wonderful and represented foods readily available in the Amazon.  We had fish, beef tenderloin, chicken and even pork. Food was exceptional as the Delfin is aflliated with Relais and Chateaux.   Each time we sat down for lunch or dinner there was another delicious dish. Our matra’d eagerly explained each of the dishes we ate at meals.  He was also an excellent singer and guitar player as we learned on our last full day on board.

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