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Amazon Exploration: Search for the Pink Dolphin

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Board the M/V Manatee for this fascinating 5-day itinerary on the Amazon river. Visit remote villages and sail through unique and fragile ecosystems on your luxurious small-ship voyage. Join excursions into the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest to encounter a unique and untamed biodiversity, while your experienced crew takes care of every detail of your trip.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark
Day 2 : Yasuni National Park
Day 3 : Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration
Day 4 : Parrot's Clay Licks | Sani Warmi | Yasuni National Park
Day 5 : Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

Highlights

  • Search for the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman & anaconda
  • Visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River & meet local children
  • View the rainforest from a 100-foot-high observation tower

Ship

Manatee

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Pink dolphin Getting a guided tour through the Amazon. Golden Tamarins are one of many types of animals you will see on your Amazon cruise A group of swimmers enjoying the water. View stunning wildlife while exploring the Amazon aboard the Manatee

Day 1 Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark

Depart from Quito in the morning and after a 30 minute flight arrive at Francisco de Orellana (Coca). Arrive in Coca and transfer to the docks to embark on a motorized canoe. Navigate down the river for about 60 minutes before meeting the M/V Manatee.Throughout the journey you have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and sand banks of the great Napo River.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, continue navigating downstream. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship as you sail. In the evening, disembark and take an evening walk to experience the forest's nocturnal activity.

Day 2 Yasuni National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, disembark for the first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where you can see and learn about the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon. Learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.

After lunch, the ship navigates to one of the most pristine and rarely explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman, and anaconda. Also be on the look out for river turtles, various species of monkey, and hoatzins. The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that reveals the beauty of a lush jungle world. Continue navigating alongside the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border. After such an incredible day in the Amazon, end the night accompanied with a delicious dinner. A glamping option is available to those travelers who wish to participate - please inquire for more information.

Day 3 Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue navigating upstream, en route to the Pañacocha Lake (Piranha Lake, in the native language Quechua). Be marveled by the unique creatures that inhabit the area: common squirrel monkeys, and of course the infamous piranhas. The ecosystem of the Pañacocha Lake and its surrounding areas make it the perfect habitat for the piranha, as well as the water monkey fish, known locally as Arawana and the white caiman. Later, have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit an Authentic Indigenous home, belonging to the Oraco family.

After lunch enjoy various cultural lectures, documentary screenings, and hands on experiences regarding topics about: local handcrafts and cuisine. Attend a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River, home to hundreds of Amazonian monkeys. Afterwards, visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where you have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.
 

Day 4 Parrot's Clay Licks | Sani Warmi | Yasuni National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles located on this side of the western Amazonia, known as Parrot Clay Licks, these unique pools of mud are rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. Weather permitting, have a chance to visit this astonishing natural phenomenon.

Later visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women speak and share about their customs, cuisine and daily life with you. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture. The visit to the Sani Warmi community is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You also have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs. Enjoy lunch on board, as you navigate to Puerto Pedro.

Before sunset, visit the Añangu Tower, which offers great photograph opportunities after climbing a ceibo tree and enjoy an astonishing view of the Amazon from its wooden tower. This is a great opportunity to do birdwatching activities. Weather permitting and as an optional excursion, 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). Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon, ends here, as you must begin our trip back to Itaya. During yout last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon enjoy a farewell cocktail with all the staff.

Day 5 Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning visit the Amazonian Turtles, followed by a brunch on board the cruise ship. After brunch, disembark the Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride), and fly to Quito.

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Notes

NOTE: The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M/V Manatee Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

Included:
  • Transportation to and from Coca airport and The New M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer
  • Accommodation on board
  • Scheduled visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide
  • Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee and tea
  • All meals on board
Not Included:
  • Transportation to and from Quito airport
  • Air Ticket Quito - Coca - Quito ($170 per person - subject to change)
  • Admission to communities and parks ($50 per person - subject to change)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not specified in the program.

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $170 Quito - Coca - Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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