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Anakonda Amazon Cruise 4-Night Itinerary

The very nature of this jungle realm teaches us that the best way to explore it is through a unique means of transportation: by navigating down the river on a fabulous, state-of-the-art vessel set to explore this truly unique environment. This 5-day/4-night Amazon river cruise on board Anakonda Cruise riverboat, you will explore one of the world’s greatest rivers in unparalleled luxury. Indulge your curiosity, expand your intellect and taste the exotic flavors of international cuisine during your Amazon adventure onboard the custom-designed 5-star Anakonda Amazon Cruise vessel.

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“We had a great time in the jungle. Our experience was amazing. Can’t wait to tell you more about it.”Michael McLane

Highlights

Ecuador Amazon, Napo River, Yasuni National Reserve, Community Interaction, Observation Tower, Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Coca – Napo River Boat Ride – Board the Anakonda – Nocturnal Jungle Walk
Day 2: The Heart of Yasuni National Reserve
Day 3: Community Interaction – Onboard Activities – Glamping (Optional)
Day 4: Rainforest Exploring – Observation Tower – Nighttime Caiman Spotting
Day 5: Leaving the Amazon – Heading Home
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday
Quito – Coca – Napo River Boat Ride – Board the Anakonda – Nocturnal Jungle Walk

Following a quick 30-minute flight from Quito, we will land in the Amazonian town of Francisco de Orellana (more commonly called “Coca”). Once there, we will drive to the river’s dock for a motorized canoe ride that will take us downriver for about an hour, all the time admiring the rainforest landscape and the banks of the majestic Napo River. We will then board the Anakonda Amazon Cruise motor vessel (M/V).

Once everyone is on board the Anakonda, we will continue sailing downriver. This is when passengers will be able to appreciate the many features offered by this Amazonian riverboat. In addition to its roomy social areas and comfortable cabins, the ship possesses an observation deck for amazing views of the Amazon rainforest.

This evening, we will go on a nocturnal jungle walk, which will give you your first chance to experience the sounds and sights of the completely different world of the Amazon by night. Sparkling fireflies and phosphorescent eyes will undoubtedly astonish you in this magical birthplace of life. Led by your guide, searching for other nocturnal animals can be an unforgettable experience.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Thursday
The Heart of Yasuni National Reserve

After breakfast, we will disembark for our first daytime rainforest experience in the heart of the Yasuni Reserve. Venturing along untamed trails, we will go on a three-hour hike that winds past towering trees, across streams and takes us beneath the primary canopy – while all the time observing the particularly abundant bird life in this region. You are sure to spot many of the 600 species of birds here, which include raptors, terns, macaws, parrots and toucans, though particular sightings depend on the weather and river level.

Following lunch back on board the ship, the M/V Anakonda will cruise downriver to one of the Ecuadorian Amazon’s most untouched and seldom explored regions. Since the best way to visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, we will begin paddling along blackwater lagoons and rivers to discover the pristine beauty of this lush rainforest world.

Here, you will certainly find the eerier eyes of Black caiman poking up out of the water as we also search for anaconda and the legendary Pink river dolphin. It’s likely that we will also come across various species of monkeys, all kinds of frogs and river turtles, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a bird known locally as the “Stinky Turkey.”

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Friday
Community Interaction – Onboard Activities – Glamping (Optional)

After another delicious breakfast on board the Anakonda, you will have a chance to interact with a Kitchwa family who live on the banks of the Napo River. During this visit, you will experience cultural immersion and the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.

We will then board the Anakonda for lunch and some leisure time as we continue our navigation upstream. At this time, our guests will be delighted with the Anakonda's onboard experiences and participate in a cooking class with our expert chef who will share recipes and techniques using fresh and organic ingredients to prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. Guests are also invited to try their hands at making traditional handicrafts or enjoy the ship's onboard facilities such as: a relaxing massage at the Rainforest Spa, a spectacular ever-changing scenery view from the Amazon Hut Tub, a delicious cocktail at the bar and lounge or just admire the amazing sunset or the stargazing at night from the Observation Deck Lounge. For more active guests, a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the nature around. There is an option for everyone!

On this day you also have a chance to participate in a "glamping" activity, which is another means for adventurous guests to explore this enchanting destination (This is an optional activity for the 5 & 8-day Itineraries).

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Saturday
Rainforest Exploring – Observation Tower – Nighttime Caiman Spotting

As soon as we finish breakfast, we will 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, you can climb a 100-foot high observation tower supported in part by a giant kapok tree. Reaching such a height will afford you a 360º range of vision over the forest canopy. From here, you can easily admire colorful bird species that are almost impossible to see from below, while orchids, bromeliads and wild lichen cover the tree branches all around. 

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

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Sunday
Leaving the Amazon – Heading Home

In the morning, we will disembark the M/V Anakonda and board a motorized canoe for a one-hour boat ride back to Coca. From there you will catch your return flight to Ecuador’s capital city, Quito.

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Prices

Price per person
Days
Deluxe SuiteStandard Suite
SingleDoubleTripleCHD / 12 yearsSingleDoubleTripleCHD / 12 years
5US$ 5,689 PPUS$ 3,811 PPUS$ 3,238 PPUS$ 1,905 PPUS$ 4,552 PPUS$ 3,048 PPUS$ 2,591 PPUS$ 1,523 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • On board accommodations
  • All meals while on board
  • Unlimited supply of water, coffee and tea
  • Transfers to/from the vessel when arriving on recommended flights
  • Excursions with a certified naturalist guide, as indicated in the itinerary 
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare: Quito – Coca – Quito ($230 USD net per person – subject to change)
  • Transfer’s to and from Quito’s airport
  • Entry to local communities and nature reserves
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Internet Wi-Fi service
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other service not indicated in the itinerary
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“Everything was wonderful but the highlight by far was the 5 days trekking in the Angamarca region with Marcial. The scenery and culture was astonishing, and Marcial was the perfect guide.”Linda Bernstein