Ecuador - Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises
5 Days / 4 Nights Cruise *
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DAY 1 Monday

Depart from Quito in the morning arriving at Francisco de Orellana (Coca) at approximately noon. Transfer to the Napo River port then the motorized canoe ride downstream will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Once aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer will start navigating downstream. The guides will introduce the surprising Amazon world, its people, and more than 600 species of birds, and hundreds of botanical wonders. The Manatee sails along different ecosystems and important natural reserves such as the Yasuní National Park and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve. (L,D)

DAY 2 Tuesday

Morning disembarkation for a stroll on terra firmae forest, towards an internal lagoon on the Yasuni National Park, observing the different ecosystems and accompanied by the naturalist guide. The excursion includes the opportunity to swim and fish for the famous piranha, time to rest and lunch. The return to the mighty Napo River will be on board a native canoe, rowing along a small black water creek or gorge. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Wednesday

Early departure by motor canoe to visit a very special corner of the jungle, the clay banks of the river where different species of parrots gather daily to eat the clay that helps them digest the seeds they feed on. Then back aboard the Manatee to sail upriver and reach one of the tributaries of the Napo to observe the flora and fauna, the surprising pygmy monkeys and then a trek to the facilities of what used to be South America's Summer Institute of Linguistics in Limoncocha, currently the only Biological Reserve of Ecuador. Upon reaching the Limoncocha Lake, board a canoe and travel along the banks of this marshy ecosystem, where over 470 species of birds have been recorded. There is a possibility to fish for piranha, and for a short walk. At night, it is possible to observe the black caimans that inhabit the lagoon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Thursday

Culture / The Amazonian man / Giants of the Forest The adventure today begins with a visit to the Museum of Pompeya, a small archaeological sample with Amazonian funeral urns that date back several centuries, as well as utensils and ways of life of the ancient denizens of the rain forest, which can still be seen today. We will also have the opportunity to see the giant trees of the Amazon, like the kapok, which rises over the forest canopy to more than 80 meters high, with huge, protruding roots. Guests can also try rowing the canoes on a tranquil tributary of the Napo River up to the house of a native family, to share a moment with them and learn their ways of life. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Friday

While the Manatee navigates upriver, the guides wrap up our knowledge of the great Amazon region. Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. (B)

* Also available as a 4 days / 3 nights Cruise departing Fridays. MORE

  • Airfare Quito-Coca(San Francisco de Orellana)-Quito
  • 3 or 4 nights accommodation on board Manatee Amazon Explorer
  • Return airport transfers, river transportation and transportation for included excursions
  • Programmed daily excursions on cruise
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily on board Manatee Amazon Explorer
  • Cruise taxes
  • International airfares and applicable taxes
  • Meals and excursions not specified.
  • Yasuni Park entrance fee $20US per person payable locally
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Visas, airport and departure taxes if applicable

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5 Days / 4 Nights  
  • Every night there will be additional activities such as conferences, review of the flora and fauna and night outings.
  • The order of the itinerary and the programmed activities will vary depending on local conditions of weather, and river conditions.
    Some day tours/transfers may be private or pooled with other travelers. If this is not acceptable please advice your booking agent and we will be able to provide private tours.
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