Winner of the 2016 World Travel Award as South America’s Leading Boutique Cruise,the 40-passenger Anakonda riverboat is the only luxury boutique Amazon cruise winding its way through Ecuador’s Amazon, operating in the upper basins of the Napo and Aguarico Rivers, around Limoncocha Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park – Ecuador’s largest protected animal reserve.
Depends on the flight schedule.
Once you step foot on baord, you’ll find more luxurious touches, with the vessel featuring an expansive observation deck complete with lazy chairs and a refreshing coolwater outdoor Jacuzzi, and a wonderful al fresco lounge, ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. Her expert naturalist guides and special travel concierge will go out of their way to give you a personalized cruise experience. Why not try your hand at kayaking, or on the longer itineraries, spend a glamping night in the jungle (additional cost), for an even closer look at the flora and fauna and spectacular starry skies?
When not dining on the terrace, you will find yourself eating irresistible tropical cuisine in the comforts of the spacious indoor dining room, from adventurous Ecuadorian dishes rich in Amazonian ingredients to staple classics of international origins. When you’re not out on excursions you may find yourself relaxing in the ample sitting areas or large and comfortable beds of one of her spacious 14 Standard or 4 slightly larger Deluxe Suites with their own Jacuzzi baths and private balconies. All have air-conditioning for your comfort and fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows for unrestricted viewing of the spectacular passing scenery.
Travelling with children? The Anakonda is a great family-friendly vessel. 4 of the Standard Suites are interconnectable and all suites can easily fit an additional bed. Not only that but they have a special kid’s menu, child-specific jungle activities, and to keep them entertained on board, jigsaws, films, TV and a selection of board games.
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour, to board the Cruise. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding, we continue navigating downstream. The passengers will have the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature. (-/L/D)
After breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.
After lunch we navigate to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as “the Stinky Turkey”. The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world. (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.
We return on board for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River. (B/L/D)
In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.
In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the Ship for dinner. (B/L/D)
In the morning, you will disembark the ship and you will transfer by motorized canoe to Coca city; flight to Quito. (B)