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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/V Anakonda
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Discover the wonderful flora and rich wildlife of the Amazon Basin on this 8-day expedition cruise aboard the M/V Anakonda. Explore the Yasuni, Ecuador’s largest National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Kayak along black waters escorted by otters and turtles, climb observation towers to enjoy a unique perspective of the jungle, and hike eternal green trails. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark
Day 2 : Panacocha Biological Corridor
Day 3 : Parrot's Clay Licks | Añangu Tower
Day 4 : Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park
Day 5 : Yasuni National Park
Day 6 : Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration
Day 7 : Forest Adventure | Observation Canopy Tower
Day 8 : Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

Highlights

  • Join an exploratory canoe trip looking for pink river dolphins
  • Visit the Parrot Clay Licks, an amazing spectacle of the western Amazonia
  • Kayak though the Indillama River, one of the Napo River's effluents
  • Tour the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center to learn from Kichwa women

Ship

M/V Anakonda

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark

Arrive in the city of Coca and transfer to the Río Napo port. Take a 60-minute motorized canoe downstream to board the M/V Anakonda. After boarding, attend a welcome orientation and begin your journey down the Amazon. Following dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal forest walk to discover the mysteries of this unique environment.

Day 2 Panacocha Biological Corridor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue down the Panayacu River delta. Stop for an exploratory canoe trip and experience the sights and sounds of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins and common squirrel monkeys. Flooded by white waters, the rivers and lakes which comprise the Pañacocha ecosystem provide the perfect habitat for water monkey fish, white caiman, and the infamous piranha. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, disembark and hike the trails that circle the area.

Day 3 Parrot's Clay Licks | Añangu Tower

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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 colorful parrots, parakeets and amazon birds, every day.

Later, visit a Quechua Cultural Center, where we will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach you about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River and we will have the opportunity to support the local community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs.

Before sunset, visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin and is the perfect photo opportunity! Birdwatchers and bird-lovers alike will especially enjoy this outing.

Day 4 Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, choose from two different activity options that allow you to search for amazing wildlife. You may kayak though the Indillama River, one of the Napo River's effluents that goes into Yasuni National Park. This is a great excursions for wildlife observation, kayaks are great silent vehicles to flow down river. On the southern bank of the Napo River visit a path that runs through the tropical forest. On the way you may visit the Yaku Kawsay Interpretation Center, which is a museum that provides information on the fauna that is found in the Amazon basin: pink dolphins, manatees, and paiches, among others.

On the other hand, you can choose to go in a canoe ride through the Napo River. It's up to you!

Day 5 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 6 Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day off by visiting an authentic Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River, where receive a cultural immersion and the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.

Then board the ship for lunch and some leisure time as we continue our navigation upstream. At this time, our guests will be delighted with our life onboard experiences and participate in a cooking class with your 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.
Guests are also invited to try their hands at making traditional handicrafts or enjoy the onboard facilities such as: a relaxing massage at the Rainforest Spa, a spectacular ever-changing scenery view from our Amazon Hut Tub, a delicious cocktail at our Bar and Lounge or just admire the amazing sunset or the stargazing at night from our Observation Deck Lounge.

For more active guest a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the nature around. There is an option for everyone!
  • This offers a glamping program for the adventurous guests which is an alternative manner to explore this enchanting destination (Optional activity for the 5 & 8 days Itinerary).

Day 7 Forest Adventure | Observation Canopy Tower

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guests can relax and enjoy the Anakonda Amazon Cruises during the morning and disembark to 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.

In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower, built against a giant Kapok tree. 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.

In the evening,  venture into the river on a canoe to search for black caimans with the help of our flashlights.

Day 8 Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

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

M/V Anakonda

Per person starting at
$4,878
Relax in your standard suite aboard the Anakonda.
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14 outside facing suites with double or twin bed options, panoramic windows, in-suite sitting areas, air conditioning system, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries.
View the Amazon from your deluxe single suite aboard the Anakonda.
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Deluxe
4 outside facing suites with balconies, double or twin bed options, panoramic windows, in-suite sitting areas, air conditioning system, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries.

Notes

Triple discounts available. Please contact us for details.

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 Anakonda Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

Included:
  • Transportation to and from El Coca airport and M/V Anakonda
  • 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.
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