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Exploring the Upper Amazon and Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Ashton Palmer

Exploring the Upper Amazon and Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

Ashton Palmer

Prior to founding ExpeditionTrips in 1999, I worked as an Expedition Leader in the Amazon Rainforest, and was fortunate to navigate the extraordinary Amazon River, from the Atlantic Ocean to the confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers in Peru, multiple times.  After traveling thousands of miles throughout the Amazon I can honestly say the most exciting, bio-diverse, and also my personal favorite stretch of the river is the Upper Amazon.  Exploring narrow tributaries in the seasonally flooded forest, seeing the myriad of colorful birds and mammals which inhabit the region, and discovering the fascinating treasures of the rainforest, it is hard not to be enchanted by this incredible destination.  As a photographer the Amazon can be tricky, with high humidity, and the ‘giant green wall’ of the forest canopy keeping light at bay, so I was very excited to discover that the Delfin II trips are now being accompanied by certified National Geographic photographers.  This expert addition will surely make this already amazing Amazon journey even better!

Drift past massive lily pads, peer up at towering ceiba trees and watch pink dolphins frolic in the decadent light of glorious magenta sunsets on a journey to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon at the heart of Peru’s rainforest. Every day, slip through an intricate network of jungle waterways aboard motorized skiffs, spotting hundreds of colorful bird species as well as sloths, tamarin monkeys and caimans. Capture the magic of these moments with the guidance of a certified photographer aboard the luxury river boat, Delfin II

The unique access to these certified photo instructors as travel companions and photo advisors in one of the world’s most extraordinary locations will help guests takes their photography skills to the next level. With veteran naturalists specially trained to assist you with camera settings, the basic elements of framing, composition and lighting; and to provide shooting tips, be ensured you will go home with fantastic photos from your trip to Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and the Upper Amazon. 

With hardwood floors, rattan-draped sofas, wooden slate hammocks and graceful, modern design, Delfin II is more than comfortable as a base for exploration. The only ingredients used by Delfin II's chef that are not local are olive oil and balsamic vinegar – even the chocolates placed on your pillow each night are made on board daily. 

This trip explores the rich and beautiful Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, an immense seasonal flooded forest, delimited by two rivers which meet in the easternmost corner of the reserve to form the Amazon River. Over 60% of the birds in Peru reside in the reserve, while rare pink river dolphins swim its waters, and red howler monkeys swing through its jungle canopy. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet the warm and hospitable native people – called ribereños – who rely on sustainable fishing, gathering and agriculture, just as their ancestors did.

The Amazon is a highly dynamic environment, where an incredible sighting can occur at any moment. So the fact that your photo instructor is also a skilled naturalist is invaluable. They will help you better understand the wildlife of the Amazon, so you can be at the right place at the right time to capture amazing behavior – whether you’re shooting from the ship’s deck, a skiff or out on a jungle walk. Aboard the Delfin II’s Amazon Expedition, you’ll not only have the experience of a lifetime, you’ll have the shots to prove it.

So, if the Amazon is on your list and you enjoy capturing great photos on your travels be sure to consider the Delfin II as a perfect option.  For more details review these trips on our Website using the links below, or contact one of our travel experts toll-free at 1 877 412-8527 (inside the US and Canada), or 206 547-0700. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip of a lifetime to the world’s greatest rainforest, The Amazon.

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