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Manatee Amazon Explorer

From $1,336

per person

Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon aboard luxury cruise M/V Manatee, visiting Yasuní National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

This is a journey that takes us into the endless heart of biodiversity that 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 Yasuníthe largest of Ecuador’s continental national parks, a wild and untamed region 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 while learning about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.

*The following detailed itineraries are a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note that the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice, depending on technical or operational circumstances beyond our control.

4 Days (FRI to MON)5 Days (MON to FRI)8 Days (FRI to FRI)8 Days (MON to MON)

 DAY 1. FRIDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER

 A 30-minute flight from Quito lands us in the town of Coca to transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe to begin our journey down the Napo River for approximately an hour and a half to reach the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer for a hearty welcome aboard.

After a comprehensive introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon you can check out all the exciting features of your cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows you to admire the changing landscape as we journey downstream.

Proceeding dinner, we will immerse ourselves into the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that stem from so much biodiversity.

 

DAY 2. SATURDAY: PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR

Further downstream via dugout is the Pañayacu River delta to experience this fascinating ecosystem flooded by black waters and home to 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 fish species. This is the perfect habitat for Piranhas, the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and the White Caiman. Enjoy nature walks and relax at our campsite while you enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and refreshing beverages.

The afternoon is set aside for some kayaking, personal downtime, as well as a memorable swim with piranhas that, believe or not, are actually “user-friendly”!

Back on board you can enjoy an informal lecture given by our concierge and/or watch an educational documentary about the region.

 

DAY 3. SUNDAY: PARROT CLAY LICKS – AMAZONIAN COMMUNITIES & OBSERVATION TOWER

Observe one of the most incredible sights this side of the Western Amazon – the Parrot Clay Licks, rich in minerals that attract hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and other Amazon birds, provided there are no downpours during the visit.

Next is a small community ready to share with us their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community are always eager to teach us about indigenous lifestyles while supporting the local community by purchasing handicrafts made from the most unusual natural materials.

Before sunset, we will climb an amazing observation tower nestled in the rainforest canopy for a 360-degree vista of what might have been watching us all the time, including a staggering number of bird species.

 

 DAY 4. MONDAY: NAPO RIVER – COCA – QUITO

This morning we backtrack to the river port of Coca in time for our flight back to Quito and civilization as we know it.

*For those with an even more adventurous inclination, we are pleased to offer a camping program, which is an alternate way to explore this enchanting destination. Contact us for more details! (Optional activity for the 4 & 7-night itinerary).

DAY 1. MONDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER

A 30-minute flight from Quito lands us in the town of Coca to transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe to begin our journey down the Napo River for approximately an hour and a half to reach the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer for a hearty welcome aboard.

After a comprehensive introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon you can check out all the exciting features of your cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows you to admire the changing landscape as we journey downstream.

Proceeding dinner, we will immerse ourselves into the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that stem from so much biodiversity.

 

DAY 2. TUESDAY: YASUNI NATIONAL PARK – PINK RIVER DOLPHIN SPOTTING

Early morning visit to Yasuní National Park, a pristine and relatively undisturbed region where the legendary Pink River Dolphin can be see with relative frequency. This is also the habitat of anacondas, river turtles, several primate species, as well as the Hoatzin, an unusual bird with a striking “head-dress”. Moreover, Yasuní boasts the highest biodiversity on the planet!

The afternoon will bring us back on board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer where we will relax, and be invited to try our hands at making traditional handicrafts, as we continue our cruise upstream.

 

DAY 3. WEDNESDAY: QUECHUA FAMILY & CANOEING IN A BLACKWATER LAKE

The local people are an integral element of the Amazonian ecosystem; hence, to get a complete picture we will visit a Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River for a cultural immersion with members of the local community.

After lunch on board we continue upstream. At this time, you are welcome for some downtime to enjoy the landscapes from the sundeck, or to participate in a cooking class with our chef who will share with you recipes and techniques for preparing exquisite traditional Ecuadorian dishes that you can replicate at home.

The late afternoon is set aside for canoeing in a black water lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, albeit elusive manatee. Next is a hike in the Riparian/Gallery Forest for bird watching and colonies of leaf-cutter ants at the base of a giant fig tree.

 

DAY 4. THURSDAY: FOREST ADVENTURE & OBSERVATION CANOPY TOWER

Morning trek through a pristine forest with many endemic species of all sorts. After lunch visit a canopy tower, built around an enormous kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, high above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer immensity of the Amazon Basin.

In the evening, we will venture into the river by dugout in search of black caimans with the help of our flashlights and our trusty expert guides.

 

DAY 5. FRIDAY: NAPO RIVER – COCA – QUITO

This morning we backtrack to the river port of Coca in time for our flight back to Quito and civilization as we know it.

*For those with an even more adventurous inclination, we are pleased to offer a camping program, which is an alternate way to explore this enchanting destination. Contact us for more details! (Optional activity for the 4 & 7-night itinerary).

DAY 1. FRIDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER

A 30-minute flight from Quito lands us in the town of Coca to transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe to begin our journey down the Napo River for approximately an hour and a half to reach the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer for a hearty welcome aboard.

After a comprehensive introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon you can check out all the exciting features of your cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows you to admire the changing landscape as we journey downstream.

Proceeding dinner, we will immerse ourselves into the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that stem from so much biodiversity.

 

DAY 2.  SATURDAY: PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR

Today it’s downstream to the Pañayacu River Delta by canoe to enjoy the rare black water ecosystem surrounded by protected rainforest and home to 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 fish species. This is the perfect habitat for piranhas (not at all dangerous as Hollywood or rather misleading documentaries tend to depict them), the water monkey fish (Arawana) and the white caiman. This natural haven will not only be the scene for great nature walks, but also an inviting campsite to enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ lunch and refreshing beverages.

After lunch, enjoy easy kayaking and a refreshing dip. Once on board your ship, enjoy a lecture and a documentary about the region, plus a question and answer session.

 

DAY 3.  SUNDAY: PARROT CLAY LICKS – AMAZONIAN COMMUNITIES & OBSERVATION TOWER

Observe one of the most incredible sights this side of the Western Amazon – the Parrot Clay Licks, rich in minerals that attract hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and other Amazon birds, provided there are no downpours during the visit.

Next is a small community ready to share with us their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community are always eager to teach us about indigenous lifestyles while supporting the local community by purchasing handicrafts made from the most unusual natural materials.

Before sunset, we will climb an amazing observation tower nestled in the rainforest canopy for a 360-degree vista of what might have been watching us all the time, including a staggering number of bird species.

 

DAY 4. MONDAY: INDILLAMA & NAPO RIVER – THE NORTHERN SIDE OF YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Our day starts with kayaking along the Indillama River, leading us into Yasuní National Park. Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife or you can choose to go via dugout canoe in search of more wildlife – the choice is yours!

Following this adventure-filled day, enjoy our observation deck to relax and experience a magical view of the Milky Way. Or partake of a night walk through the jungle to observe nocturnal creatures.

 

DAY 5. TUESDAY: YASUNI NATIONAL PARK – PINK RIVER DOLPHIN SPOTTING

Early morning visit to Yasuní National Park, a pristine and relatively undisturbed region where the legendary Pink River Dolphin can be see with relative frequency. This is also the habitat of anacondas, river turtles, several primate species, as well as the hoatzin, an unusual bird with a striking “head-dress”. Moreover, Yasuní boasts the highest biodiversity on the planet!

The afternoon will bring us back on board to relax, and be invited to try our hands at making traditional handicrafts, as we continue our cruise upstream.

 

DAY 6. WEDNESDAY: QUECHUA FAMILY & CANOEING IN A BLACK WATER LAKE

The local people are an integral element of the Amazonian ecosystem; hence, to get a complete picture we will visit a Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River for a cultural immersion with members of the local community.

After lunch on board we continue upstream. At this time, you are welcome for some downtime to enjoy the landscapes from the sundeck, or to participate in a cooking class with our chef who will share with you recipes and techniques for preparing exquisite traditional Ecuadorian dishes that you can replicate at home.

The late afternoon is set aside for canoeing in a black water lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, albeit elusive manatee. Next is a hike in the Riparian/Gallery Forest for bird watching and colonies of leaf-cutter ants at the base of a giant fig tree.

 

DAY 7. THURSDAY: FOREST ADVENTURE & OBSERVATION CANOPY TOWER

Morning trek through a pristine forest with many endemic species of all sorts. After lunch visit a canopy tower, built around an enormous kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, high above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer immensity of the Amazon Basin.

In the evening, we will venture into the river by dugout in search of black caimans with the help of our flashlights and our trusty expert guides.

 

DAY 8. FRIDAY: NAPO RIVER – COCA – QUITO

This morning we backtrack to the river port of Coca in time for our flight back to Quito and civilization as we know it.

*For those with an even more adventurous inclination, we are pleased to offer a camping program, which is an alternate way to explore this enchanting destination. Contact us for more details! (Optional activity for the 4 & 7-night itinerary).

DAY 1. MONDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER

A 30-minute flight from Quito lands us in the town of Coca to transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe to begin our journey down the Napo River for approximately an hour and a half to reach the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer for a hearty welcome aboard.

After a comprehensive introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon you can check out all the exciting features of your cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows you to admire the changing landscape as we journey downstream.

Proceeding dinner, we will immerse ourselves into the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that stem from so much biodiversity.

 

DAY 2. TUESDAY: YASUNI NATIONAL PARK – PINK RIVER DOLPHIN SPOTTING

Early morning visit to Yasuní National Park, a pristine and relatively undisturbed region where the legendary Pink River Dolphin can be see with relative frequency. This is also the habitat of anacondas, river turtles, several primate species, as well as the Hoatzin, an unusual bird with a striking “head-dress”. Moreover, Yasuní boasts the highest biodiversity on the planet!

The afternoon will bring us back on board to relax, and be invited to try our hands at making traditional handicrafts, as we continue our cruise upstream.

 

DAY 3. WEDNESDAY: QUECHUA FAMILY & CANOEING IN A BLACK WATER LAKE

The local people are an integral element of the Amazonian ecosystem; hence, to get a complete picture we will visit a Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River for a cultural immersion with members of the local community.

After lunch on board we continue upstream. At this time, you are welcome for some downtime to enjoy the landscapes from the sundeck, or to participate in a cooking class with our chef who will share with you recipes and techniques for preparing exquisite traditional Ecuadorian dishes that you can replicate at home.

The late afternoon is set aside for canoeing in a black water lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, albeit elusive manatee. Next is a hike in the Riparian/Gallery Forest for bird watching and colonies of leaf-cutter ants at the base of a giant fig tree.

 

DAY 4. THURSDAY: FOREST ADVENTURE & OBSERVATION CANOPY TOWER

Morning trek through a pristine forest with many endemic species of all sorts. After lunch visit a canopy tower, built around an enormous kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, high above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer immensity of the Amazon Basin.

In the evening, we will venture into the river by dugout in search of black caimans with the help of our flashlights and our trusty expert guides.

 

DAY 5. FRIDAY: INDILLAMA & NAPO RIVER – THE NORTHERN SIDE OF YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Our day starts with kayaking along the Indillama River, leading us into Yasuní National Park. Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife or you can choose to go via dugout canoe in search of more wildlife – the choice is yours!

Following this adventure-filled day, enjoy our observation deck to relax and experience a magical view of the Milky Way. Or partake of a night walk through the jungle to observe nocturnal creatures.

 

DAY 6. SATURDAY: PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR

Today it’s downstream to the Pañayacu River Delta by canoe to enjoy the rare black water ecosystem surrounded by protected rainforest and home to 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 fish species. This is the perfect habitat for piranhas (not at all dangerous as Hollywood or rather misleading documentaries tend to depict them), the water monkey fish (Arawana) and the white caiman. This natural haven will not only be the scene for great nature walks, but also an inviting campsite to enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ lunch and refreshing beverages.

After lunch, enjoy easy kayaking and a refreshing dip. Once on board your ship, enjoy a lecture and a documentary about the region, plus a question and answer session.

 

DAY 7. SUNDAY: PARROT CLAY LICKS – AMAZONIAN COMMUNITIES & OBSERVATION TOWER

Observe one of the most incredible sights this side of the Western Amazon – the Parrot Clay Licks, rich in minerals that attract hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and other Amazon birds, provided there are no downpours during the visit.

Next is a small community ready to share with us their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community are always eager to teach us about indigenous lifestyles while supporting the local community by purchasing handicrafts made from the most unusual natural materials.

Before sunset, we will climb an amazing observation tower nestled in the rainforest canopy for a 360-degree vista of what might have been watching us all the time, including a staggering number of bird species.

 

DAY 8. MONDAY: NAPO RIVER – COCA – QUITO

This morning we backtrack to the river port of Coca in time for our flight back to Quito and civilization as we know it.

*For those with an even more adventurous inclination, we are pleased to offer a camping program, which is an alternate way to explore this enchanting destination. Contact us for more details! (Optional activity for the 4 & 7-night itinerary).

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MEDICAL AND HEALTH

 Guests should be in good physical health in order to be able to make the most of their Amazon Cruise. Visiting the area involves the use of small motorized boats, and at times may possibly include some wet landings. The daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain, and getting in and out of the boats occasionally requires a degree of physical effort. Walking excursions and hikes may last up to one hour. Malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are not required for travelers coming into the region, but they are recommended.

INSURANCE

Travelers on the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer are strongly advised to purchase trip cancellation insurance, which will reimburse the cost of air tickets and other non-refundable trip payments. International medical, baggage loss, and delay insurance are also recommended. Unfortunately, if you miss the vessel because of a weather-related flight cancellation, we will not reimburse the cost of the reservation, since flight cancellations are beyond our control and we have to comply with our schedules.

VESSEL REPLACEMENT

M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to replace the vessel if considered necessary (i.e. force majeure or mechanical failure). Should travelers not agree to this option, M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to cancel the trip upon a pro rata refund per cruise night not used or, as an alternative, will offer credit toward a future cruise on board M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer.

VISITS TO THE AMAZON COMMUNITIES

Some of the visits programmed on the different itineraries are within protected areas, and visitors are required to comply with local rules and regulations. Naturalist guides will inform passengers of these rules. M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer, represented by its onboard guide, reserves the right to deny any passenger disembarkation for visits should any of these regulations are ignored or violated.

DIETARY NEEDS

M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer requires written notification 30 days prior to the cruise with regards to any travelers’ specific dietary needs. Every effort will be made to cater to special dietary needs, and to accommodate special requests, subject to a given products’ availability in Ecuador.

2018 Rates (per person in USD)

 

Tipe of Accomodation Type of Cabin
Maximum Capacity FRI - MON (4D / 3N) MON - FRI (5D / 4N) FRI - FRI / MON - MON (8D / 7N)
Double Standard Cabins 22 passengers $ 1,573 $ 1,965 $ 3,145
Triple $ 1,336 $ 1,672 $ 2,672
Single $ 2,359 $ 2,949 $ 4,720
Children (under 12 yrs old) $787 $984 $1,573
Double Deluxe Cabins 8 passengers $1,969 $2,456 $3,929
Triple $1,670 $2,086 $3,339
Single $2,933 $3,666 $5,864
Children (under 12 yrs old) $984 $1,228 $1,964
Camping
(Optional Excursion)
Up to 8 passengers
(Minimum 2 passengers)

*Discount for children under 12 years: Apply 1 child per adult e.g.: 1 adult 1 child, 2 adults 2 children. In case there are 3 children and 2 adults, the third child pays full adult rate.

Booking Policies

RESERVATIONS:

  • A reservation is valid only with written confirmation to the client.
  • Once the reservation is confirmed, the client has a time limit of 5 business days to send a deposit of 20% to hold and guarantee the reservation.
  • Our reservations system automatically eliminates all reservations that don´t have a deposit registered after the time limit specified above.
  • Full payment is required 60 days prior to the cruise.

CANCELLATIONS:

  • CONFIRMATION DATE – 61 DAYS PRIOR DEPARTURE: All deposits are non-refundable.
  • 60 – 00 DAYS PRIOR DEPARTURE: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation fee.

* In the event of cancellations, wire fees and credit card commissions will be deducted when calculating refunds.

Includes

Transfer to and from Coca airport and M/V Manatee

Scheduled visits as per the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide

All meals on board

Accommodation on board

Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee and tea

Does not include

Transportation to and from Quito airport

Admission to communities and parks

Tips

Personal expenses

Air Ticket Quito - Coca - Quito

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Wi-Fi Internet

Other services not specified in the program