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Manatee Amazon Explorer


The Manatee Amazon Explorer is the result of over 30 years of experience in running expeditions others think are extinct. It was the only river cruise in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest for 10 years until 2013 when its sister ship, the Anakonda, was inaugurated. It accommodates 30 lucky guests in comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and running hot water, individual air conditioning, on-board laundry service, large dining room, attractive bar and lounge area, panoramic terrace, delicious cuisine and the finest multilingual naturalist guides, plus the highest safety standards, personable service and efficiency. There's even internet, mobile phone service and satellite TV if you want to know what's cooking in the outside world. What more can you ask for!

The Manatee offers affordable jungle expeditions of 4, 5 and 8 days. The itineraries include visits to the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, the Pañacocha Biological Corridor, and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, that combine high biodiversity with amicable indigenous communities. Don't miss this magical wonderland for young and old – aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer!
Manatee double cabin<br />
Manatee double cabin
Spider monkey<br />
Spider monkey
Scarlet macaw<br />
Scarlet macaw
Manatee social area<br />
Manatee social area
Expedition by canoe<br />
Expedition by canoe
Night walk<br />
Night walk
Route map

Technical specifications


Type of vessel Motor river yacht.
Capacity 30 passengers.
Length 27 meters (89.1 feet).
Beam 7 meters (23.1 feet).
Speed 12 knots.
Electricity 110/120 V, 60 cycles.
Generators 2 Iveco.
Engines 2 John Deere, 250 HP.
Safety Fire detectors, life jackets, 2 life boats.
Decks Main deck, cabin deck, sun deck.
Navigation equipment Furuno GPS, deep sounder and radar.
Communication VHF, HF, satellite phone.
Facilities Bar, restaurant, boutique, laundry, air conditioning, rubber boots and rain ponchos, satellite TV, and Internet access.
Cabins The ship has capacity for 30 passengers in 14 cabins for single, double and triple occupancy, each with private bathroom, air conditioning and hot water.
Crew 12 (including naturalist guide).

Manatee main deck<br />
Manatee main deck
Manatee cabin deck<br />
Manatee cabin deck
Manatee sun deck<br />
Manatee sun deck
Sample itinerary - 4 Days / 3 Nights - Friday to Monday
From USD 1,062 double occupancy

Day 1: Quito / Coca / Manate Cruise Adventure
Depart from Quito in the morning for a 25-minute flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), named after the Spanish explorer that led the first European expedition into Amazonia in 1541. A motorized canoe will be waiting at the dock to ride downstream for approximately 90 minutes, packed with an entertaining lecture on route. Once on board the M/V MANATEE, start navigating down the Napo River while relaxing on our sundeck and observing amazing flora and fauna of the region. After lunch, our first live experience with the Ecuadorian Amazon basin begins with a visit to a native home or canoe ride, depending on the water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior and accessibility. After dinner, you are welcome to enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. (LD)

Day 2: Chaullacocha in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve
Explore another stretch of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve which is managed by a local Kichwa community. Hike the forest in search of wildlife until we reach our camp for lunch. In the afternoon, explore the Chaullacocha black water lake and climb up the observation tower built around a tree to observe the different ecosystems and a wide variety of birds. See one of the tallest trees in the rainforest, the kapok, while our native guide reveals the use of medicinal plants. Return to the boat after searching for black caimans in the lake. (BLD)

Day 3: Kuri Muyu & Parrot Clay Lick
Early morning visit to the most accessible parrot and parakeet clay licks in Ecuador, where these birds use the clay as an antidote against poisonous fruits that comprise part of their diet. Without a doubt, this is the best place to enjoy this incredible show up close, for it is difficult to imagine hundreds, sometimes thousands of parrots and parakeets coming all together at once to these clay licks! Then, visit Kuri Muyu, an interpretation center about the life and culture of local people, plus a chance to shop for handicrafts. In the afternoon, explore one of our local jungle trails as we head to a most unique water museum to learn about many of the creatures that inhabit this environment. Then, our last forest encounter: night walk or canoe ride in one of the small rivers. (BLD)

Day 4: Coca / Quito
After breakfast, we take the canoe upstream for about 2 hours to reach the city of Coca. Return flight to Quito. (B)
Sample itinerary - 5 Days / 4 Nights - Monday to Friday
From USD 1,327 double occupancy

Day 1: Quito / Coca / Manatee Cruise Adventure
Depart from Quito in the morning for a 25-minute flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), named after the Spanish explorer that led the first European expedition into Amazonia in 1541. A motorized canoe will be waiting at the dock to ride downstream for approximately 90 minutes, packed with an entertaining lecture on route. Once on board the M/V MANATEE, start navigating down the Napo River while relaxing on our sundeck and observing amazing flora and fauna of the region. After lunch, our first live experience with the Ecuadorian Amazon basin begins with a visit to a native home or canoe ride, depending on the water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior and accessibility. After dinner, you are welcome to enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. (LD)

Day 2: Peruvian Border / Cuyabe
Disembark to visit one of the local homes to meet members of an Amazonian community for an understanding of their culture, talents and ways of life. See how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how they cherish the fragility of their ecosystem.

After lunch, the Manatee continues navigation towards one of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, home to legendary pink river dolphins, black caimans and the enigmatic Amazonian anaconda; also a chance to spot river turtles and several monkey species, such as the black-mantled tamarin, red howler monkey and squirrel monkey, as well as three-toed sloths and the primitive hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally called "Stinky Turkey". The canoe trip upstream will reveal the stunning beauty of this aquatic jungle world. (BLD)

Day 3: Flooded Forest & Monkey Island
Explore a swamp forest while enjoying the comfort of a high rise board walk. Chances are "high" to discover wildlife that frequents these "moretales" (or "morete" palm forests), where birds, primates and different aquatic creatures congregate. Afterwards, visit a local home where funerary urns from the XVII century have been discovered in archaeological excavations. After a wholesome lunch, relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings as the vessel navigates upstream. We will spend some time exploring one of the larger islands, where many surprises await us. For the more adventurous guests, we offer "glamping" for the night (glamorous camping at an extra cost. Please enquire for details). (BLD)

Day 4: Parrot Clay Lick & Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Enjoy a cultural and ethnical encounter with the local community of Añangu as they welcome you at their Kuri Muyu Interpretation Center to learn more about their amazing everyday lifestyle, as well as purchasing local handicrafts. Then, head over to the parrot clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia. The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve is the most accessible parrot and parakeet clay lick in Ecuador, where these birds eat the clay as a form of antidote that permits them to digest fruits and nuts that would otherwise be poisonous – as a matter of fact, that is what modern-day "Kaopectate" is made from! We have the best spot to enjoy this natural spectacle up close (providing it is not a rainy morning!). Imagine hundreds, sometimes thousands of parrots and parakeets coming all together at once to this clay lick! In the afternoon, visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible natural reserve, with over four hundred bird species. Search for black caimans after dusk in complete safety! Evening return to the Manatee. (BLD)

Day 5: Coca / Quito
After breakfast we will bid farewell to the Manatee Amazon Explorer and take the canoe upstream for about 2 1/2 hours to reach the city of Coca. Return flight to Quito. (B)

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