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Amazon Exploration: Search for the Pink Dolphin

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Board the M/V Manatee for this fascinating 5-day itinerary on the Amazon river. Visit remote villages and sail through unique and fragile ecosystems on your luxurious small-ship voyage. Join 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.
Getting a guided tour through the Amazon.Golden Tamarins are one of many types of animals you will see on your Amazon cruiseA group of swimmers enjoying the water.View stunning wildlife while exploring the Amazon aboard the ManateePink dolphin
Highlights
  • Search for the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman & anaconda
  • Visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River & meet local children
  • View the rainforest from a 100-foot-high observation tower
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
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: Yasuni National Park

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  • 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. Learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.

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. Continue navigating alongside the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border. After such an incredible day in the Amazon, end the night accompanied with a delicious dinner. A glamping option is available to those travelers who wish to participate - please inquire for more information.

Day 3: Visit to a Local Community | 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 4: Forest Adveture | Observation 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 for a walk to discover a myriad of different animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin.

In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower, built against a giant Kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin.

In the evening, venture into the river on a canoe to search for black caimans with the help of your flashlights.

Day 5: Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning visit the Amazonian Turtles, followed by a brunch on board the cruise ship. After brunch, disembark the Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride), and fly to Quito.

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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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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 ($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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