The Avalon Advantage
A journey with Avalon Waterways along the impressive Amazon River means you’ll experience the most inclusive adventure in one of the most unique areas of the world. Topping the proverbial bucket list is Machu Picchu, where Avalon provides you with included VIP access for two entries to the ruins, along with top-notch accommodations. Aboard the Delfin III, you’ll experience an intimate setting. With an intimate 44-passenger capacity and a crew of 29, your every need will be attended as you experience the wilds of the Amazon while enjoying luxury accommodations both day and night. With Avalon Waterways, we also deliver a more enriching experience with our included activities, designed to introduce you to the unique stories and people in each destination. An expert Tour Director, Cruise Director, and experienced Naturalists accompany you on your adventure, ensuring no detail is overlooked.
Amazon River Cruises
The Mighty Amazon
Embark on a journey to one of the world’s vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon. The Amazon Basin covers an area larger than Western Europe, but it’s in Peru’s Amazon where biodiversity is at its greatest and the rainforest is untamed. The Amazon basin accounts for nearly 40% of the South America continent and spans across eight countries: Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. Over the past several million years, the Amazon has become the world’s most bio-diverse place and Peru’s Amazon offers visitors some of the most prolific wildlife viewing opportunities in its five million acres. Experience the Amazon wilderness where it originates in Peru.
The Amazon River, stretching over 4,000 miles, actually begins as a tiny stream in Peru’s Andes Mountains near Arequipa. This stream merges with other streams as they descend from the mountains and become larger and larger, finally forming the two main headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru. The Ucayali and the Maranon Rivers join together near the Peruvian city of Iquitos to form the mighty Amazon. The Amazon River carries more water than any other in the world and is responsible for nearly 1/5 of all the fresh water that flows into our oceans. The surrounding rainforest and the river itself support over 3,000 species of fish, 40,000 plant species, 1,300 bird species, 1,500 species of amphibian and reptile, and at least 500 mammals. That’s approximately 15% of the world’s total species found in one area covering 2.6 million square miles.
Your cruise along Peru’s Amazon ventures deep into the Amazon jungle past the point of where deep water boats can go. You will come face to face with the elusive wildlife that is so abundant here as you cruise into the flooded forest with your expert Naturalists. Go fishing for Amazon fish including piranha, take a swim with the pink dolphins, explore the dense jungle on foot, and visit native communities while on your Amazon cruise with Avalon Waterways. While the Amazon region covers almost 60% of Peru, there are many other areas beyond the Amazon to be discovered in Peru. Avalon Waterways includes the must-see spots, with time to spend in Peru’s capital, Lima, the Sacred Valley, and, of course, the “Lost City of Machu Picchu.”
Your Personal Naturalist Expert
Each day the Delfin III’s expert Naturalists provide rich narrative about life along the Amazon as you journey into little-visited areas like the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. There, you’ll meet the people who live their entire lives along the river. The Delfin III’s guides and crew have first-hand knowledge of Amazon River wildlife, plants, and birds, as well as the history of this fascinating region of Peru. Each Naturalist onboard leads guests of the Delfin III on daily expeditions venturing deep into the Amazon’s tributaries aboard comfortable skiffs, and on foot into the sultry Amazon rainforest. True ribereños, or “river dwellers,” our English-speaking expert guides grew up here on the banks of the Amazon. Each guide knows the call of every bird and mammal and possess a native’s ability to spot a brown-throated three-toed sloth sleeping high up in the tree canopy, an anaconda slithering along the shoreline, and even the elusive capybara hiding in the high grass after nightfall.
Beyond the Amazon, your experienced Tour Director introduces you to Peru and one of the wonders of the world…Machu Picchu! Not only will you spend two days exploring this ancient citadel you will also discover Peru’s colorful costumes, traditional Andean customs, and Inca hospitality in the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and the culinary capital of Lima.
Included is the Name of the Game
At Avalon, "included" is one of our favorite words. Spacious Deluxe suites with sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows—included. Unique inclusions, designed to immerse you in the culture-included. Services of one of our highly rated professional Tour Directors-included. The most included sightseeing, led by Certified Local Guides-included. VIP entrance into the must-see sites—included. Expansive panoramic views throughout the ship-included. Dining experiences that will amaze you both on board and on shore—you guessed it, included.
Included for Every Avalon Guest:
- Comfortable beds with premium mattresses
- Fine cotton bed linens & European-style duvets
- Internal communication system
- Choice of bed configuration (in certain suites)
- Daily maid service with nightly turndown service
- Bedside tables with reading lamps
- Floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows
- Large private bathroom featuring full shower, hairdryer, makeup mirror, and premium bath amenities
- Soft, luxurious honeycomb bathrobes & slippers
- Easy under-bed luggage storage and generous closet space
- Purified water, replenished daily
- In-room safe
- Individual climate control
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard– served in the elegant dining room and prepared by a team of culinary experts
- A Peruvian cuisine cooking demonstration
- Complimentary local beer, Pisco-based cocktails, coffee, tea, select soft drinks, and bottled water at all times
- Complimentary wine with dinner
- Air-conditioned indoor lounge with nightly entertainment
- Professional Cruise Director and staff to help throughout your cruise
- Amazon Naturalists on board
- Multimedia natural history lectures each day and cultural performances
- Private guided shore excursions
- Bottled water, beer & soft drinks on all onboard excursions
- Plunge Pool
Cruising in Luxury & Comfort
Built in 2015, the Delfin III ship allows guests to explore the Peruvian Amazon in the utmost comfort. This spacious and indulgent ship boasts an intimate atmosphere with only 22 suites, allowing a maximum of 44 guests on board. Each of these luxury suites features en-suite sitting areas, individual air conditioning, polished and sustainable wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that frame the Amazon Jungle as a spectacular backdrop. En suite bathrooms include therapeutic bath amenities with eco-sensitive ingredients. Soft lighting, natural fibers, and neutral hues create a relaxing and luxuriously comfortable retreat. Your only decision is whether to take in the Amazon scenery from your luxury bedding or from the open-air deck with binoculars in hand. Twice-daily cabin service ensures that your suite is ready for your return, making the wilds of the Amazon seem a little tamer. The Delfin III is truly the best ship on the Amazon.
Relax in the indoor, air-conditioned lounge to browse through a book about the Amazon, listen to an enlightening naturalist lecture, and learn how to prepare classic Peruvian ceviche, or enjoy a glass of wine while stargazing. The floor-to-ceiling windows encompass the lounge to ensure that the ever-changing riverscapes of the Amazon don’t go unmissed. The spacious, open-air deck offers plenty of sunshine for to soak up on cushioned deck loungers, with the ship’s plunge pool nearby for a cool dip after a day exploring the rainforest. The ship’s Canopy Lounge offers a shady spot for fresh air and fantastic views. Try out the air-conditioned fitness center, and treat yourself to a stone massage or skin treatment in the ship’s Rainforest Spa. Luxury in the midst of a jungle wilderness…the perfect combination of bold adventure and the best in hospitality.
Ship Features & Amenities:
- English-speaking staff and personalized service
- Non-smoking interior
- Air-conditioned Indoor lounge
- Outdoor lounge
- Open-air deck
- Plunge pool
- Exercise room
- Infirmary with 24-hour paramedic on board
- Open seating dining room
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Experience famed Peruvian cuisine-a combination of tastes from the Incas, Spanish, Chinese, Africans, Italians, and Japanese. Each meal is locally sourced and designed by an expert culinary team with a selection of Peruvian dishes as well as familiar favorites. As you take in the passing scenery, indulge in the innovative menus featuring roasted meats, grilled fish, savory vegetables, sun-ripened tropical fruits, decadent desserts, and free-flowing wine.
While breakfast is served buffet style, lunch and dinner are served at your table with a choice of entrees. The culinary experience on the Delfin III is superb. Paired with premium South American wines, each meal promises to be a Peruvian culinary feast.
On land, your day starts with breakfast at your hotel. Included lunches and dinners may be offered in your hotel or at local restaurants. We also include several authentic experiences to help round out your vacation. You’ll start your vacation with an exclusive dinner in one of Lima’s finest mansions, Casa Garcia Alvarado, hosted by its owner. You will also experience exquisite Peruvian cuisine throughout your vacation at all of our specially selected restaurants.
Every Avalon hotel has been carefully selected by our regional experts. With high-quality service, desirable amenities, spacious guestrooms, and central locations, each is sure to exceed your expectations. View our cruise itinerary for a full list of hotels, amenities, and photos.
Amazon River Cruises