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Getting a guided tour through the Amazon.

Amazon Exploration: Search for the Pink Dolphin

5 Day Sample Cruise aboard Manatee
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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark
Day 2 : Yasuni National Park
Day 3 : Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration
Day 4 : Observation Tower
Day 5 : Disembark | Fly 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

Getting a guided tour through the Amazon. Playing with a Pink River Dolphin. Three turtles hitch a ride on a log down the river. View stunning wildlife while exploring the Amazon aboard the Manatee A group of swimmers enjoying the water.

Day 1 Embark

Arrive in Coca and transfer to the docks to embark on a motorized canoe. Navigate down the river for about 90 minutes before meeting the M/V Manatee.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, begin to navigate 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.

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. 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
After breakfast, visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where you have the opportunity to interact with children in the area. After lunch on the ship, take a moment to relax while the boat navigates upstream. During this time, the crew offers a lecture and documentary screening. In the afternoon, explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.

Day 4 Observation Tower

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit an observation tower which is 100-feet high to get great views of the forest as it looms over the treetops. In the afternoon, visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. In the evening, head out to spot black caiman in the still waters.

Day 5 Disembark | Fly Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to the city of Coca to take the morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream takes around an hour and a half.

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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 M/V Manatee
-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
-Admission to communities and parks

Not Included:
-Transportation to and from Quito airport
-Air Ticket Quito - Coca - Quito ($200 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
    • $200 Quito - Coca - Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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