These river boats are NICE, y’all
The rest of you may be thinking, “But Stefanie, aren’t river cruises really expensive?” Indeed! But can you put a price on exploring the awe-inspiring splendors of the natural world from the comfort of a plush private cabin? You may be roughing it out there, but in here, you’re basking in air-conditioning, hot showers, and gourmet meals emphasizing local Peruvian ingredients, like paiche fish and yucca.
There are two main operators out of Iquitos: Delfin, with rates starting around $2,800 per person, and Aqua Expeditions, with rates starting at $3,500 per person. Both offer three-, four-, and seven-day sailings throughout the year, and those rates include all excursions, meals, non-alcoholic drinks, and a few boozy drinks too.
Delfin sails a fleet of three ships -- Delfin I, II, and III -- which range from four to 22 cabins. They’re small, but you’ll still find amenities like a restaurant, bar, massage room, and even a tiny pool. The ship has an earthy, rustic look with wood elements, plus textiles and handicrafts made by local women who live in communities along the river.