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Manatee Amazon Explorer - 4 Nights Itinerary

This inspiring adventure provides many unexpected and surprising encounters with the magical rainforest. This tour will take you to the rugged and untamed Yasuni National Reserve (the largest protected are in continental Ecuador, where you will climb observation towers to enjoy unparalleled view, canoe downriver to explore the wildlife of blackwater rivers, walk along nature trails to learn more or ethno-botany, and make contact with members of indigenous communities of this lush rainforest region on this 5-day/4-night journey that you will never forget.

 

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Manatee Amazon Explorer : Highlights

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

Manatee Amazon Explorer : Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Coca – Yasuni National Reserve
Day 2: The Heart of Yasuni National Reserve
Day 3: Community Interaction – Onboard activities – Island Exploration
Day 4: Observation Tower – Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Day 5: Leaving the Amazon – Heading Home
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Manatee Amazon Explorer : Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
Quito – Coca – Yasuni National Reserve

Departing from Quito, we will take a short 30-minute flight to the Amazonian town of “Coca” (Francisco de Orellana). Once there, we will drive to the dock and embark a motorized canoe for a 1 ½ hour ride downriver to the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we will cruise downriver and admire the rainforest landscapes and the banks of the great Napo River. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of the cruise ship: the spacious social areas, the comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views.

After sunset, an evening walk will be organized to gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

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

After a delicious Amazonian breakfast, we disembark for the first daylight close-up tropical rainforest experience. While in the jungle, you will witness examples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.

After lunch, the M/V Manatee navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find River turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin (a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as “the Stinky Turkey”). The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.

For more adventurous passengers, please inquire about the Anakonda's “glamping” (glamorous camping) program.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Community Interaction – Onboard activities – Island Exploration

Breakfast on board. We will visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote Ecuadorian jungle community.

We will return to the M/V Manatee for lunch and a moment to relax while sailing upriver.  A cultural presentation will be featured and a documentary shown; and, if time permits, you will learn about -- and make -- typical handicrafts of the area.

In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to explore one of the largest islands in the Napo River. Here, you can learn about this ecosystem and biodiversity of the river and such islands.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Observation Tower – Limoncocha Biological Reserve

In the morning after breakfast, we will walk up a 37 meter (100-feet) high observation tower that is built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, you will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest as you are able to peer out over the treetops and take in the greatness of the Amazon basin.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when you will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of your flashlight.

We will return to the M/V Manatee for dinner.

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

In the morning, we will disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe back to Coca (a 1½ hour ride) for your return flight to Quito.

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Breakfast

Manatee Amazon Explorer : Prices

2018 - Price per person
Days
Deluxe CabinStandard Cabin
SingleDoubleTripleSingleDoubleTriple
5US$ 3,666US$ 2,456US$ 2,086US$ 2,949US$ 1,965US$ 1,672
Included in the price:
  • Transportation to/from the Coca airport and to/from the M/V Manatee
  • Accommodations on board
  • Scheduled visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide
  • Unlimited supply of water, coffee and tea
  • All meals on board

We offer to all our guests the following VIP services, which are included when we issued the air tickets:

  • Private & personalized assistance for Quito – Coca - Quito flight at both airports.
  • Transfers to/ from the vessels when arriving on our flights
  • Exclusive VIP Lounge (before and after the cruise), with excellent, modern and well equipped facilities, where we will provide coffee, tea, water and some light snacks for free. 
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare (Quito – Coca – Quito)  $170 per person, subject to change
  • Transportation to/from the Quito airport
  • Admission prices to communities and reserves ($60 per person, subject to change)
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Internet Wi-Fi
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not specified in the program
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