Lindblad Expeditions : Delfin II
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Delfin II is a stately riverboat, recently built for the express purpose of exploring deep into the Peruvian Amazon at the headwaters of this mighty river - and doing so in modern typical style. She comfortably accommodates 28 guests in 14 suites. At 120-feet, she is perfectly sized to sail along the upper Amazon River. The entire third deck is open-air, offering gracious open deck space where the expedition community gathers. Her public spaces are luxurious and well-appointed, and offer sweeping views of the river and rain forest. Furnishings are made of sustainably harvested local rain forest wood, and the ship is decorated with handicrafts from the ribereños, native people of the wildlife preserve you'll explore. A gracious hotel staff makes an art of providing impeccable shipboard services.
Dining  
Dining aboard the Delfin II offers a window on the region. All food served aboard, with the exception of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, is sourced from sustainable providers.

The gracious dining room, located aft on the upper deck, offers open seating for meals with unassigned tables. All guests are served in a single seating. Meal hours are posted aboard.


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Public Spaces 
Once on board you will quickly become acquainted with every aspect of the ship. From the inviting public areas where you can read your favorite book, or escape to the more sociable spaces where you are likely to join an engaging conversation.
  • Lounge: The open-air, top deck lounge is the heart of the expedition community. It is where you'll attend evening Recaps and presentations from staff. Coffee, snacks, and juice are put out before breakfast for early risers.
  • Bar: The bar is open from lunch until after dinner. Liquors, soft drinks, and fresh, tropical juices are available. The bar is located on the top deck in the lounge.
  • Library: There is a small library located toward the front of the lounge.
  • Bridge: The ship is operated with an open bridge policy, and you are welcome to visit the bridge to watch the calm art of navigation unfold.

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Excursions 
Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve is the largest protected seasonal flood forest in South America. The legendary river provides sustenance and utility for the communities who live along the banks, and fosters a staggering level of biodiversity. With its open, airy decks and spacious suites with huge windows giving you an unending view of life along the Amazon, the Delfin II is perfect for daily explorations, designed for the river environment and to keep you connected to it.

Choice of daily activities

Walk, kayak, and swim. Every day, you'll board 10-person, naturalist-guided skiffs for a variety of outings. on days with low water levels, you'll hike on terra firma to learn about the lavish vegetation of the rain forest. When water levels are too high for walking, the skiffs provide nimble access, threading through narrow, inviting tributaries. You'll also venture to a place where Victoria water lilies can extend over six feet in diameter. Powerful nighttime scopes allow for exciting, evening skiff explorations in search of nocturnal creatures. The ship is also equipped with a fleet of kayaks, providing the rare privilege of intimate up-close experiences in this magical environment.

Explore the river's terrain and wildlife

Lindblad's Amazon wildlife travel focuses on the remarkable Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, backed by two fierce rivers: the Marañón and the Ucayali. This is a less-traveled, wilder part of the Amazon, with the highest concentration of bird species on the planet - and you’ll see many fascinating examples. You’ll take a refreshing swim in a lagoon within the Reserve, and perhaps see the Amazon’s famous pink river dolphins tranquilly swimming nearby. And learn fascinating things about the rain forest, including how tannins are washed out by the steady tropical rain, giving the water its mysterious “black” appearance and its romantic nickname: the river of mirrors.

Meet natives of the Reserve

One of the most rewarding and memorable aspects of this Amazon adventure travel is meeting the people who live along the riverbanks, known as ribereños. They seldom have outsiders visiting their village, and are always welcoming, showing us a heartwarming and genuine friendliness. The women of the communities create, beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan crafts - from intricate baskets and charming animal replicas, to belts and jewelry. Most of the décor on Delfin II is the handiwork of these women. The local children will beguile you with songs and smiles.

Enjoy the daily ritual

A tradition on all Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions is the gathering of staff and guests each evening to exchange stories about the day’s event, a get-together known as “Recap,” and it’s often one of the most engaging parts of your journey. On the breezy top deck of Delfin II, while you enjoy a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres, the naturalists talk about the highlights and sightings of the day. It’s a relaxed time with opportunities for questions and anecdotes. Your expedition leader will outline the next day’s activities before everyone heads to dinner.


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