The Amazon with the Manatee Cruise

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4 Days . 3 NIghts
Availability : Oct 17’ - Dec 18’
Quito
El Coca . Yasuni
Tour Details

Explore the Amazon! The New Manatee Amazon Explorer combines the adventure and comfort that only Ecuadorian Amazon river cruises can deliver. This 27 meter-long (90 feet) river boat was specially built to let explorers and adventurous travelers encounter one of the most fascinating places on earth.
Once on board, our guests will enjoy ample rooms, a comfortable bar and lounge, and a sun terrace. Our double cabins feature ample windows, private balconies, air conditioning, hot baths and private bathrooms in order to ensure a pleasant journey on the Napo River. Join our excursions into the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest to encounter a unique and untamed biodiversity, while our experienced crew or service at all times.

Departure & Return Location

Quito . Ecuador (Google Map)

Departure Time

Depending in the flight hour

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Cruise Accomodation
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea
  • All meals while on board (B, L, D)
  • Arrival transfer from Quito´s airport to the hotel

Price Excludes

  • Airfare Quito - Coca (USD 190.- per person)
  • Transfer from Quito´s airport to the hotel
  • Alcoholic and non - alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Internet Wi - Fi
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned herein
What to Expect

This is a journey into a planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater –the vigorous Amazon River – represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. Its jungles power clouds across our skies, its trees are our damper against the effects of global warming.

  • Tourism ventures in such special natural environments is to create international awareness
  • Prices are per person
Itinerary

Day 1FRIDAY : QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.. (-/L/D)

Day 2SATURDAY: VISITING THE PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR

We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 3SUNDAY: CLAY LICKS – SANI WARMI & YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, we will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon.

Later we will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.

After lunch, we will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions). (B/L/D)

Day 4MONDAY: RETURN

In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 ½ hour ride); flight to Quito. (B/-/-)

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