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Experience the Amazon's unique ecosystem and incredible biodiversity first hand! Board the Manatee for an 8-day adventure that begins and ends in Coca. 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 : Yasuni National Park
Day 3 : Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration
Day 4 : Observation Tower | Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Day 5 : Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park
Day 6 : Panacocha Biological Corridor
Day 7 : Parrot's Clay Licks | SaniWarmi | Yasuni National Park
Day 8 : Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

Highlights

  • Watch for the legendary pink river dolphin
  • Interact with local children at a school located on the Napo River
  • Visit the Ecuadorian Amazon's flooded ecosystem by canoe
  • View the amazing Amazon Basin from the top of an observation tower

Ship

Manatee

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Pink Dolphins swimming in the Amazon River Venture into the Amazon on a Manatee river cruise Two beautiful parrots are perched in a tree. Getting a guided tour through the Amazon. Three turtles hitch a ride on a log down the river.

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 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 | Limoncocha Biological Reserve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 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 6 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 7 Parrot's Clay Licks | SaniWarmi | Yasuni National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 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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10 suites with double or twin bed options, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, basket of toiletries and bathrobes.
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4 suites with double or twin bed options, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, basket of toiletries and bathrobes.

Notes

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 ($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.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $170 Quito - Coca - Quito
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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