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JOIN THE ORIGINS PROJECT IN THE AMAZON WITH LAWRENCE KRAUSS & RICHARD DAWKINS Spend 8 days aboard the world class Delfin II, the perfect setting to explore questions ranging from the origins of evolution and life in the Amazon, to issues of biological diversity and our changing planet as we discover one of the most exotic and endangered locations in the world. Origins Project Director, Lawrence Krauss and evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins will lead a group of science enthusiasts on trips throughout space and time to discover our evolutionary origins as our ship explores the depths and diversity of the world’s largest rainforest.

The Amazon represents over half of the remaining rainforests on earth, hosts one third of all the world’s species, and is thought to produce about 20% of the earth’s oxygen. There is no greater place than the Amazon to explore biodiversity and the environmental impacts of human activity. Experience the Amazon firsthand aboard the Origins Project’s expedition cruise and discover an ecologically rich jungle teeming with life and natural wonder. The Origins Amazon cruise will transport you to this surreal landscape while providing a unique opportunity to learn and grow with leading scientific thinkers. Join us on this enriching, life-changing adventure.




TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE THE MOST PRESSING SCIENTIFIC ISSUES WITHIN OUR MODERN WORLD AND WHAT THE AMAZON IS TELLING US ABOUT THE PRESENT STATE OF THE EARTH. LECTURES WILL INCLUDE: • Evolutionary biology • Evolution • Life in Science • Physics in South America • Climate change • An atom from the Amazon • Extinctions • Unbelievers commentary In addition to the individual cruise berths - which start at $7,600, plus $800 charter-flight and stay-over costs in Lima - there is a separate $2,750 contribution to the Origins Project at ASU. Your $2,750 (per person)* charitable gift to the Origins Project at Arizona State University supports international efforts to push the frontiers of science and make knowledge broadly accessible. Your generosity also supports the special lectures and events the Origins Project will organize throughout the cruise.** Please note: Reservations should be booked first and confirmed prior to making donation. The Origins Project at Arizona State University is a transdisciplinary initiative that nurtures research, energizes teaching, and brings science to the public, offering new possibilities for exploring the most fundamental questions concerning our origins: who we are and where we came from. The Origins Project fosters important work by bringing together distinguished international faculty and renowned experts to explore forefront questions and foster public discourse about science. Now in its eighth year, the Origins Project annually hosts international academic workshops with the world’s top researchers from a variety of fields. The Origins Project raises the profile of origins related issues and broadens scientific literacy through lively public discussion. Our mission is to create knowledge, improve education, and raise public awareness on key issues. Our ultimate goal is to further our fundamental understanding of the universe and our origins, address *If you are a returning Origins cruiser, the charitable gift amount is $1,375 per person. **Your gift will be deposited with the ASU Foundation for a New American University, a separate nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU. Gifts in support of ASU are subject to Foundation policies and fees. Please consult your tax advisor for the deductibility of charitable contributions. 5



Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. He is currently Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project, a national center for research and outreach on origins issues, from the origins of the universe, to human origins, to the origins of consciousness and culture. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982), then joined the Harvard Society of Fellows. In 1985 he joined the faculty of the departments of Physics and Astronomy at Yale University. In 1993 he moved to Case Western Reserve University as the Ambrose Swasey Professor and Chairman of the department of Physics. He moved to take his current position in 2008. Lawrence is the author of over 300 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy. He is the author of 10 popular books, including the international bestseller The Physics of Star Trek (1995) and most recently A Universe from Nothing (2012), which immediately became New York Times Bestseller. It argues that not only can our universe naturally arise from nothing, without supernatural effects, but that it probably did. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and writing and is the only physicist to have received the major awards from all three U.S Physics Societies. His Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society (2001) summarizes his impact “For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the early universe, and extraordinary achievement in communicating the essence of physical science to the general public.”


RICHARD DAWKINS One of the most respected scientists in the world and the biggest draw in secularism, Richard Dawkins always generates impressive crowds when visiting North America. Secularism is sweeping America as a movement, and Richard Dawkins is the catalyst who galvanizes it. From 1995 to 2008 Richard Dawkins was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is an internationally best-selling author. Among his books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth and The Magic of Reality. His most recent books are his two-part autobiography. Part 1 An Appetite for Wonder, released in 2013 and A Brief Candle in the Dark released in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature. His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of a recent documentary “The Unbelievers” which also features appearances by Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Ian McEwan, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, and Sarah Silverman. 6







A stop in Lima with an optional excursion to Machu Picchu

Lectures and dialogues given by both Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins

A visit to the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve, 5 million miles of protected rainforest

A canopy walk in the Amazon Natural Park

Piranha fishing, stargazing in the jungle, and a night safari

Swimming with pink and gray Amazon River dolphins

Interacting with local villagers

A visit to the Manatees Rescue Center


ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN IQUITOS It will become clear that you are traveling where few have gone before. In fact, you are part of a select group of seasoned world travelers who will visit remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve, five million acres of protected, flooded forest, roughly the size of a small Central American country. A world of flora and fauna awaits you.


On your first morning with us we will recommend an early activity to explore one of the most important zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Early rising is always rewarding and wildlife is abundant. We will offer an early morning bird watching experience just before breakfast for those who will like to get up with sunrise.

DAY 3 - AMAZON NATURAL PARK/NAUTA CAĂ‘O This is a unique opportunity; you will get to the only Canopy Walkway in this area, an experience unequaled in the rainforest! At a height of over 25 meters (85 feet) and extending for 500 meters (one-third of a mile), the Canopy Walkway provides the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation.


We hope to surprise several species of egrets, herons, hawks, and Neo tropical cormorants fishing for their dinner. We will also have a chance to explore other black water lagoons linked to this huge lake, where wattled jacanas compete with a wide variety of spiders, grasshoppers, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, beetles, etc. living along the grassy edges and lily pads of freshwater swamps and marshes.


On the river you will experience abundant wildlife and nature in all its exuberance while we search for the Amazon River’s transitional forest specialties such as snail kites, festive parrots, endangered scarlet macaws, olive spotted hummingbirds, Amazonian parrotlets, and wood creepers, among others.


This is a great opportunity for Kayaking; our Guides will take you upstream along the riverbanks. It will be a good chance for you to explore on your own looking for pre- historic looking iguanas that laze in the sun while we travel along the shore line searching for whatever the jungle has to offer us.

DAY 7 - SUPAYCOCHA - YUCURUCHI Hike a trail with excellent bird watching, and learn about caciques and oropendolas. At the junction of the El Dorado River, look for dolphins and see abundant birdlife. Sharp eyes may find sloths and squirrel monkeys.

DAY 8 - PUERTO MIGUEL Y NAUTA We will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful creatures and why they are in the endangered species list. Itinerary subject to change due to weather and climate conditions.


GENERAL INFORMATION The weather in Iquitos is warm and humid with average annual maximum temperature of 33°C (95°F) and minimum of 21°C (70°F). The dry season is from May to November. The wet season is from December to April. The seasons feature differences in plant and animal life as well as in the climate. All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions and time of year. River and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified at the captain’s discretion. Bring comfortable soft-soled shoes, lightweight trousers and long-sleeved tops, hat, sun glasses, lightweight rain gear, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, binoculars, camera and spare batteries. We recommend taking Vitamin B or B-12 15 days before your arrival to the jungle; these have been proven as the most effective natural repellent of all. Still, please remember to bring one repellent with you. We recommend repellents that contain deet. Do not forget to include some items that you can give away to the locals. T-shirts, pens and paper are especially prized! Tipping is expected, but entirely at guests’ discretion. Based on current market practices, our recommended gratuity is US $120 per guest. You will find two small boxes on your last day on board, one for the crew and one for the guides. Please check with your Naturalist about the weather conditions regarding the usage of Kayaks. If the water level and forecast is permitting, you will be able to sign up for optional Kayaking sessions. These sessions will be conducted in calmed waters, where catch & release fishing and relaxing paddling are ideal. Our kayaks are good for two passengers and your group will always be in the company of your experienced Naturalist.


THE DELFIN II Delfin II has 14 large guest suites, including 4 Master Suites with 180° panoramic windows, and 10 Standard Suites, 4 of which can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each with movie screen sized windows and natural elements, they offer all the comforts provided by world class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with us. The dining room, observation deck and lounge, bar, entertainment center, and library are the ideal gathering places for all guests. New to the Delfin II are the additions of an exercise space, spa, and lecture/presentation room.



Year Built: 2009 Type of vessel: River vessel Port of Embarkation: City of Nauta Vessel’s Registry: Peru Length: 135 feet Beam: 32 feet Draft: 8´25” Capacity: 30 passengers


Generator: 2 Caterpillars, 55KW each (encapsulated) Engine: Caterpillar C12 385HP eco-electronic Cruising Speed: Average 8.2 knots Water: Water treatment plant with 7.0 cubic meter capacity Sewage Waters: Sewage treatment plant


Radio Communication: VHF, UHF and satellite phone on board Launch Boats: 3 aluminum 10 passenger skiffs (+1 for emergencies with four stroke low emission Mercury 15HP engine) equipped with four stroke low emission Mercury 60HP engines + radio communications with main vessel, life jackets and flares Life Jackets: One per passenger, available in each Suite



We are proud to offer a completely new enclosed Lecture Room in the place of what was once the outdoor hammock area. This presentation room is equipped with a full set of media equipment and print materials so you can learn more about the wonderful Peruvian Amazon. During leisure moments, the lecture room may be enjoyed as a lounge, complete with computers for picture sharing, handmade game tables, and air conditioning. This lovely space has been warmly designed and carefully supervised by Delfin co-owner Lissy Urteaga.


Memorable goes hand in hand with a Delfin experience. Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s finest and reflects the country’s intrinsic cultural diversity. Welcome to our gastronomic adventure where our dedicated staff pride themselves on carefully preparing contemporary Creole plates and offer exceptional service for your ultimate indulgence. The Amazon’s wild choices of fresh ingredients and the gentle blend of worldly immigrant traditions will enchant your taste buds.


Wellness and healing continues with our Spa services. Surrounded by the lush natural surroundings of the Amazon, we encourage you to dive into the philosophies of rainforest remedial philosophies and therapies. Our wellness specialist is happy to accommodate your schedule at any time, and depending on your preference, you can rejuvenate in our spa room or find your zen in the comfort and privacy of your suite.



On the 3rd deck, you will find that our casual yet comfortable design will allow you to completely relax between the wonderful adventures of the morning and night activities. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of service, so we are sure you will enjoy relaxing in the open air lounge outfitted with big, soft sofas and chairs while you watch the river go by. Our bartender will always be ready with a choice of international and local liquors for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail. Coffee and tea will always be available.


To compliment your daily excursions in the rainforest, we welcome you to enrich your body while on board by making use of our newly restored exercise space. Whether you enjoy aerobic exercises or cardio, our Gym resources are available at your disposal. Better yet, the floor to ceiling window allows so you never miss a second of the vibrant jungle scenery outside.


This vessel features artwork by Peru’s leading contemporary artists as well as authentic and locally driven craftwork - from the wood carved furniture to the hand woven palm leaf ceilings. If any artwork strikes your fancy, you may purchase it and we will have it shipped to the comforts of your home. Delfin works in many ways to help the local communities, through charitable support and bringing new business to the area, we hope that we can raise living standards for local families.



MASTER SUITE Our 4 spacious Master Suites are at the front of the vessel, with 180° panoramic windows, king sized bed, and exquisite sheets and bedspread of 100% 280-thread Peruvian cotton. All-cotton towels and bathrobes, the finest organic amenities, the most wonderful views, and individual reading lights create the epitome of calm luxury and enjoyment.

ROOM FEATURES: • Front-viewing panoramic windows • Bedspread of 100% 280-thread Peruvian cotton • All-cotton towels and bathrobes • The finest organic amenities • King size beds • Individual reading lights


STANDARD SUITE Our 10 Suites have extra large windows that offer you the most breathtaking views. 4 Suites interconnected to cater especially to families. All Suites are designed with casually elegant interiors that create a welcoming and relaxing environment for those who want to get away from it all, yet enjoy indulgent comfort.

ROOM FEATURES: • Extra large windows • King size beds • Fine Peruvian cotton linens • Interconnected rooms for families • Casually elegant interiors





Cruise cost per person Master suite $7,950 Standard suite $7,600 Per person cruise cost in US dollars includes all meals and excursions during the 7 nights aboard the Delfin II. Gift per person First-time Origins cruiser $2,750 Returning Origins cruiser $1,375 In addition to the cruise cost per person this is the required separate contribution to the Origins Project at ASU. Your gift will be deposited with the ASU Foundation for a New American University, a separate nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU Gifts in support of ASU and are subject to the foundation policies and fees. Note: Reservations should be booked first and confirmed prior to making donation. Click here to give your gift now. Cost of Lima Per person $800 Includes roundtrip airfare between Lima and Iquitos, one night hotel accommodations at the Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel, and arrival and departure assistance at Lima Airport. Exclusions: international airfare to/from Lima, gratuities, incidental costs Non-Refundable Deposit: $1,000 per person due at the time of booking Final Payment: full amount due on or before July 2, 2017 (180 days prior to trip) Cancellation Policy: Cruise cost per person fully refundable on or before July 1, 2017 (181 days prior to trip), less the $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person; no refunds available after July 2, 2017 (180 days prior to trip)

PRE-CRUISE MACHU PICCHU EXCURSION | LATE DECEMBER 2017 More information will be announced soon.



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