Manatee Explorer

Manatee Amazon Explorer: Cruise A

4 Days Departs Fridays


This is a journey into a planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater –the vigorous Amazon River – represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. Its jungles power clouds across our skies, its trees are our damper against the effects of global warming.

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.

Day 1 – Friday


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 ½ 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.

Day 2 – Saturday


We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.

Day 3 – Sunday


Breakfast on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, we will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon.

Later 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.

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).

Day 4 – Monday


In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 1⁄2 hour ride); flight to Quito.

Tour Cost

Exterior Cabin 2016 USD 1062 1592
Children Under 12, 2016 USD 531
Exterior Cabin 2017 USD 1180 1769
Children under 12, 2017 USD 590

GLAMPING (Optional Excursion - up to 8 passengers) : USD$266 per person per night (2017 rate $295)

What's included

Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights - On board accommodations - Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalist guide - Unlimited water, coffee and tea - All meals while on board.

What's not included

Transfers Quito - Coca - Quito (USD 180.00 per person, subject to change without prior notice) - Transfer to/from Quito Airport - Community Entrance Fees (US 70 per person, these rates being subject to change with or without notice) - Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages - Tips and Gratuities - Internet Wi-Fi - Personal expenses - Any other services not mentioned herein.


All prices and itineraries are subject to change with or without notice - Children under 12 years old are to stay with parents in the cabin - Triple Accommodation prices upon request - Photos courtesy of Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises.