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Exploring the Amazon Rainforest

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Manatee
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This 8-day journey takes you into the endless heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin. This inspiring adventure provides many unexpected, astonishing encounters with the teaming wildlife of the Yasuni, the largest of Ecuador's continental National Parks. Your journey includes the chance to see the famous pink river dolphin, visit local communities, kayak, watch for wildlife, and much more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark
Day 2 : Panacocha Biological Corridor
Day 3 : Parrot's Clay Licks | Amazonian Communities | Observation Tower
Day 4 : Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park
Day 5 : Yasuni National Park
Day 6 : Kichwa Family | Life onboard
Day 7 : Forest Adventure | Observatuib Canopy Tower
Day 8 : Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

Highlights

  • Admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River
  • Seek out pink river dolphins and common squirrel monkeys
  • Visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center
  • Visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River

Ship

Manatee

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Two kayakers making their way down the Amazon River. Three turtles hitch a ride on a log down the river. Getting a guided tour through the Amazon. A Squirrel Face Monkey watches from high in a tree. Venture into the Amazon on a Manatee river cruise
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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). At the airport, meet your naturalist guides who accompany you on a short transfer to the Napo River port. Embark on a motorized canoe ride downstream for approximately an hour and a half. During the trip listen to important information about the region. Once on board the M/V Manatee, enjoy lunch and begin navigating down the Napo River. In the evening, there is a welcome cocktail and a presentation about the trip, and an optional nocturnal forest walk.

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 | Amazonian Communities | Observation Tower

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
n 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, visit a 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. Before sunset, visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin. Bird-lovers 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 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
Early in the morning, visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, you can also find anacondas, river turtles, and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey”. In the afternoon, take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.

Day 6 Kichwa Family | Life onboard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, where you receive the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. Then board the Manatee for lunch as we continue upstream. Guests will participate in a cooking class with our expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian. Guests are also invited to try their hand at traditional handicrafts or enjoy our onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from our Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at our Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from our Observation Deck.

Day 7 Forest Adventure | Observatuib Canopy Tower

  • Ship
  • 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 take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

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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20 sq meters, 10 cabins, 8 with twin single or double beds and 2 triple occupancy cabins with a twin bunk and a single bed. Each cabin features large picture windows and a balcony. Equipped with air conditioning, closets, bedside table, 24 hours of electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.
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24 sq meters, 4 suites with twin single or double beds, or a double bed and a single pull out bed in the triple occupancy cabins. Each cabin features large picture windows, a balcony, and private Jacuzzi style baths. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, closets, bedside table, 24 hours of electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.

Notes

Itinerary based on Friday start. Monday start date will have a different order. Departures are scheduled for every Friday and Monday.

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

This program includes:
  • 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
Program does not include:
  • 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)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not specified in the program.
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