Manatee Amazon Cruise

This journey takes you into the endless heart of biodiversity, the Amazon Basin.

You will explore the remote nature of this jungle in total comfort and leisure.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer allows you to experience unparalleled adventures in total comfort. Go down freshwater rivers, both whitewater and black water, and encounter different Amazonian ecosystems including the possibility to observe fascinating animals such as pink river dolphins, manatees, caimans, and piranhas, as well as hundreds of native bird and primate species.

Notes:

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  • Destination

  • Included

    24/7 Assistance
    Domestic Flights
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
  • Not Included

    International Flights
    Personal Expenses
    Services not described
    Tips
    Travel insurance
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Day 1 Friday: Napo River

    Your adventure begins in the city of Quito, the Capital of Ecuador.
    • After taking a short 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazon city of Coca, located in the Orellana Province, you will be transferred to the dock and board the motorized canoe to begin your 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the first sights and sounds of the Amazon.
 
    (Domestic flights from/to Quito included).
    Afterwards, you will have their first opportunity to discover the exciting features of the cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows us to admire the changing rainforest landscape as you glide down the Napo River.
    After dinner, you will plunge straight into the Amazon rainforest by going for a nighttime forest walk (optional excursion) to observe the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that come from so much biodiversity.
 
    Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 2 Saturday: Adventure Begins

You continue to travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, where you will take a canoe trip to experience the sights of this fascinating water reserve. Pañacocha Lake (“Piranha Lake” in the native Kichwa language) is an ecosystem flooded by black-waters.
    The surrounding protected rainforest is home to 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 fish species. This is the perfect habitat for piranhas, paiches (one of the largest freshwater fishes in the word) and the white caiman.
    In this little piece of paradise, you will participate in nature walks led by the local naturalist guides, and relax at a nearby campsite where you will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ with refreshing beverages.
    After lunch, you will do some kayaking, and the bravest among you can enjoy a nice refreshing swim in the Piranha Lake! We promise it’s not as dangerous as it sounds! Back on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer, you will have the opportunity to attend a lecture given by your concierge and watch an educational documentary about the region.
 
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 3 Sunday: Parrot Clay Licks & Communities

This morning you will set out on canoes to observe one of the most incredible sights on this side of the Western Amazon – the parrot clay licks. This unique place is rich in minerals and attracts hundreds of colourful parrots, parakeets, and Amazon birds every day.
    Later in the afternoon, you will visit a Kichwa Cultural Center, where you will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach us about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River.
    You will have the opportunity to support the local community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs.
 
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 4 Monday: Indillama & The North Of Yasuní

You will begin the day kayaking along the Indillama River, one of the Napo River’s tributaries, which leads you into Yasuní National Park.
    Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife. Canoes can also be used to travel in search of more wildlife. The choice is yours! In these waters, you will find yourself surrounded by lush greenery.
    After an adventure-filled day, you may choose to take advantage of the observation deck where you can relax and experience a magical view under the stars.
    The more energetic guests may choose to unwind with a night walk through the jungle to observe nocturnal creatures.
 
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 5: The Heart Of Yasuni & Secoya Community

After a delicious breakfast, you will go on a motorized canoe to spend some time exploring one of the large islands where you could see eagles, oropendolas, woodpeckers, and many other birds.
    You will then board the Manatee Amazon Explorer for lunch and enjoy the onboard experiences.
    Later in the afternoon, you will visit Yasuní National Park, a pristine and relatively undisturbed region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. You will be pleased to learn that this is the home of the legendary pink river dolphin!
    In this area, you can also find anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird that is known locally as the stinky turkey.
    Near Yasuní live the Secoyas, a minority community that you will have the opportunity to visit and share their traditions and lifestyle.
 
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 6 Wednesday: Kichwa Family & Life On Board

You will start the day off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.
    You will then board the Manatee Amazon Explorer for some leisure time as we continue our navigation upstream.
    At this time, our guests will be delighted with our life onboard activities and participate in a cooking lesson with our expert chef who will share recipes and techniques using fresh and organic ingredients to prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home.
    After lunch, guests are also invited to try their hand at making traditional handicrafts and attend an ancestral cultures lecture with one of our local guides. For our more active guests, a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the surrounding nature. There is an option for everyone!
 
    • For our adventurous guests, this day, we are pleased to offer a camping program as an alternative manner to explore this enchanting destination (Optional activity for the 5 & 8 days Itinerary).
 
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 7 Thursday: Canopy Tower & Forest Adventure

You will disembark to visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers astonishing 360-degree vistas.
    The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin. This is the perfect photo opportunity!
    • In the afternoon, you will explore the nearby forest for a walk to discover a myriad of different animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin. A kayak activity is also available to explore this area.
 
    Back onboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer, you will be delighted with an exquisite farewell dinner.
 
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Standard Cabin
    Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 8 Friday: Farewell

This is where our adventure ends! Enjoy the last part of our return journey onboard and then disembark the Manatee Amazon Explorer to take the motorized canoe back to Coca (90 minutes ride approximately).
    Meals included: Breakfast
    Type of service: Shared
 
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