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Pink dolphin in the Amazon

Amazon Exploration: Search for the Pink Dolphin

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Experience the Amazon's unique ecosystem and incredible biodiversity first hand on this 4-day Amazon River cruise aboard the M/V Manatee. Enjoy several excursions into the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest to encounter a unique and untamed biodiversity, while your experienced crew takes care of every detail of your trip.
Two kayakers making their way down the Amazon River.Two beautiful parrots are perched in a tree.A campsite in the Amazon.A Squirrel Face Monkey watches from high in a tree.Pink dolphin in the Amazon
Highlights
  • Take an evening walk in Yasuni NP and experience its nocturnal activity
  • Canoe the Panayacu River and take in its fascinating sights and sounds
  • Visit with Kichwa women as they discuss their customs, cuisine & daily life
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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 Manatee. 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 Manatee, 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: Panacocha, The Mythical Piranha Lagoon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue down the Panayacu River delta. We will embark on a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake (“Piranha Lagoon” in the native Kichwa language), an ecosystem flooded by blackwater river water. The surrounding protected rainforest is home to primates and birds species which we will be able to spot during a walk with our guides. Enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. We will take part in aquatic activities such as kayaking and/or swimming.

Day 3: Parrot's Clay Licks | Kichwa Women’s Community

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles located on this side of the western Amazonia, known as Parrot Clay Licks, these unique pools of mud are rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. Weather permitting, have a chance to visit this astonishing natural phenomenon.

Later visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women speak and share their customs, cuisine and daily life with you. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture. The visit to the Sani Warmi community is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You also have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs as well as the opportunity to participate in the Charapas Turtle Conservation that we support together with the community.

Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon, ends here, as you must begin our trip back to Puerto Providencia. During your last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon enjoy a farewell cocktail with the ship´s staff.

Day 4: Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
Before sunrise, navigate towards Itaya, it is from here that you must disembark the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer, in order to be transferred by a motorized canoe to El Coca (1-hour ride). From Coca, fly to Quito and prepare for your return home.

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Standard
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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Deluxe
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.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee and tea.
  • Transportation to and from Coca airport and M/V Manatee.
  • Complimentary boot rental is available. However, due to the limited supply of boots available aboard the ship, it is recommended that you bring your own rubber boots for best fit and availability. Youth size boots are not available.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flights: Quito - Coca - Quito 
  • Wifi
  • Admission to communities and parks: $80 per person (subject to change).
  • Transportation to and from Quito airport.
  • Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

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