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Explore the Amazon by kayak

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This fascinating 8-day itinerary takes you to the hearth of the Ecuadorian Rainforest, a unique ecosystem filled with an incredible biodiversity. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure provides many close encounters with the teaming wildlife of the Yasuni, the largest of Ecuador's continental National Parks. During you journey meet the famous pink river dolphin, visit local communities, kayak, watch for wildlife, and much more!
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Highlights
  • Admire the rainforest landscape and sand banks of the great Napo River
  • Sail pristine waters home to the legendary pink river dolphin & anaconda
  • Visit an observation tower that has been built against a giant kapok tree
  • Tour the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, home of more than 478 bird species
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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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 Anakonda.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 Anakonda, 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 | Secoya Community

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, we explore the lower part of the Napo River, where we can observe different species of birds such as eagles, orioles, and the famous woodpeckers. In the afternoon, we visit the Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and home to the legendary pink dolphin. This is the perfect opportunity to participate in our pink dolphin conservation program, which we carry out in conjunction with the community of Martinique in the Cocaya area and provides a safe place where dolphins can live and feed without risk to be hunted. Near Yasuní live the Secoyas, an ancestral minority community, with whom we learn to prepare the traditional casabe during our visits.

Day 3: Kichwa Family & life on board

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We will start the day off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.

We will then board the Anakonda Amazon Cruise for some leisure time as we continue our navigation upstream. At this time, our guests will be delighted with our life onboard activities and participate in a cooking lesson with our 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. After lunch, guests are also invited to try their hand at making traditional handicrafts and attend an ancestral cultures lecture with one of our local guides. For our more active guests, a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the surrounding nature. There is an option for everyone!

Day 4: Forest Adventure | Observation Canopy Tower

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax and enjoy the Manatee Amazon Explorer during the morning and disembark to explore the nearby forest and discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin. In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top as we loom above the lush treetops and look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening we will take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

Day 5: Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park

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

Day 6: Panacocha Biological Corridor

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  • 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 7: Parrot's Clay Licks | Amazon Communities

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the 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. Afterward, we will visit the Kichwa Cultural Center, where you can 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 you have the opportunity to support the community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs. You can also participate in the Charapas Turtle Conservation, a joint project supported with the community.

Day 8: Disembark | Coca | Fly to 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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M/V Anakonda

The Luxurious M/V Anakonda
Relax in the sitting lounge aboard the M/V Anakonda
The spiral staircase aboard the M/V Anakonda

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Room size: 20 m² / 215 ft² 14 river-facing suites that feature a French balcony, air conditioning system, and a private bathroom with hot water.
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Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Transfers to/from the vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
  • All excursions, rain ponchos, and rubber boots.
  • Exclusive access to VIP Lounge in Coca city (before and after the cruise).
  • Private & personalized assistance for Quito - Coca - Quito flights at both airports on the recommended flights.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Transportation to and from Quito airport.
  • All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Satellite internet
  • Contribution to local communities

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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!
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