Manatee Amazon Explorer: Cruise A
4 days Friday to Monday
EXPLORING THE AMAZON
This is a journey that takes us into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin.
As detailed below, 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.
The inspiring adventure will provide many unexpected, astonishing encounters. We will discover the Yasuní (the largest of Ecuador’s continental National Parks), a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. We will climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. We will hike trails learning about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.
FRIDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 1⁄2 hour, to board the M/V MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
SATURDAY: SANI WARMI – OBSERVATION TOWER
We will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.
In the afternoon, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.
SUNDAY: YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK – YAKUKAWSAY
Breakfast on board. During this special walk within the Yasuni National Park, we will seek out the secret to Amazonia’s amazing biodiversity. Our expert naturalist guides will lead us through this veritable Garden of Eden, telling us about the wonders of the floral and faunal communities that make it so special…
After lunch, we will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 1⁄2 hour ride); flight to Quito.
|Child under 12, sharing cabin with parents||USD||404|
Return transfers from Coca’s airport to and from the M/V Manatee; on board accommodation; all meals while on board; programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalistic guide; unlimited water, coffee and tea.
What's not included
Airfare or air taxes Quito - Coca - Quito currently US$170 per adult, and US$105 per child under 12 years; transfers to and from Quito airport; communiites entrance fees US$50 per person; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; Any other airfares or airport taxes, gratuities, internet wi-fi; insurances, personal expenses and any items not mentioned as included.
All prices quoted are US Dollars per person. All prices and itineraries are subject to change with or without notice.