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Pink dolphin in the Amazon

Amazon Exploration: Search for the Pink Dolphin

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Manatee
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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark
Day 2 : Panacocha Biological Corridor
Day 3 : Parrot's Clay Licks | Yasuni National Park
Day 4 : Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

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

Ship

Manatee

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Pink dolphin in the Amazon 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.

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 Biological Corridor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue down the Panayacu River delta and stop to take a canoe trip up to experience the sights and sounds of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins and common squirrel monkeys. Pañacocha is an ecosystem which is flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, and white caiman. 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 | Yasuni National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This 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, every day.

Later, visit a Quechua Cultural Center, where we will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach us about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River and we will have the opportunity to support the local 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 and is the perfect photo opportunity! Birdwatchers and bird-lovers alike will especially enjoy this outing.

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.

Manatee

Per person starting at
$1,966
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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.

Notes

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 Manatee Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

Included:
  • Transportation to and from Coca airport and The New M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer
  • 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
Not Included:
  • 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.
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