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!
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
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.
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
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 | Limoncocha Biological Reserve
In the morning, visit an observation tower that has been built against a giant kapok tree. From the top, enjoy an amazing view of the Amazon Basin from above the treetops.
In the afternoon, tour the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and a variety of monkey species have been recorded. This activity extends into the evening, when you may have the chance to see a black caiman. Return to the boat for dinner.
Day 5: Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park
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!
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 | SaniWarmi | Yasuni National Park
Head over to the Parrot Clay Licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in the Amazon. These unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, you have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon.
In the afternoon, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women speak to you about their customs, cuisine, and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. Here you also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.
After lunch, make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an evening walk through the rainforest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
Day 8: Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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
Transportation to and from Quito airport
Air Ticket Quito - Coca - Quito ($250 per person - subject to change)
Admission to communities and parks ($50 per person - subject to change)
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.