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Anakonda Amazon Cruise

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Anakonda Amazon Cruise
Cruise the spellbinding tropical rainforest of the Ecuador Amazon aboard the 40-guest Anakonda. This inspiring rainforest journey includes visits to the magical flooded forests at the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, the untamed wilds within the Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador) and the quiet stills of Pañacocha (Piranha Lake). Climb up canopy observation towers, inch down black-water jungle streams, walk the understory through meandering trails and meet the sacred peoples of the Amazon forest base.

Your home for this 4-, 5- or 8-day Amazon cruise is the air-conditioned, all-suite Anakonda. Anakonda Amazon Cruises are noted for being the only luxury cruises in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, so you can expect fine onboard amenities, dining and service.
read more Cruise the spellbinding tropical rainforest of the Ecuador Amazon aboard the 40-guest Anakonda. This inspiring rainforest journey includes visits to the magical flooded forests at the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, the untamed wilds within the Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador) and the quiet stills of Pañacocha (Piranha Lake). Climb up canopy observation towers, inch down black-water jungle streams, walk the understory through meandering trails and meet the sacred peoples of the Amazon forest base.

Your home for this 4-, 5- or 8-day Amazon cruise is the air-conditioned, all-suite Anakonda. Anakonda Amazon Cruises are noted for being the only luxury cruises in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, so you can expect fine onboard amenities, dining and service.
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Expert Review: Ecuador Anakonda Cruise

Expert Review: Ecuador Anakonda Cruise

My recent cruise aboard the Anakonda began the same way as most other trips to Ecuador’s Amazon, but in the end it was completely different.
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Day 1 - SUN - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park

Day 2 - MON - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

Day 3 - TUE - Parrot Clay Licks & Sani Warmi Interpretation Center

Day 4 - WED - Indillama & Napo Rivers, Yasuni National Park

Day 5 - THU - Border with Peru (the Heart of Yasuni)

Day 6 - FRI - Meeting the Community & Island Exploration

Day 7 - SAT - Observation Tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Day 8 - SUN - Disembark Coca


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Day 1 - SUN - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park

After a morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minute flight), arrive at the frontier city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) and transfer to the Río Napo port. From here, journey by boat downstream (two hours) to board your M/V Anakonda cruise, all the while observing the forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Lunch is served. Then disembark for a night walk to explore the nocturnal rainforest life and return onboard Anakonda for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - MON - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

Continue navigating downstream to reach the Pañayacu River delta. Take a canoe through the Piranha River to see the sights of this interesting protected forest. Keep lookout for 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 Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and a cold drink at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails, and return onboard your Anakonda cruise for dinner and a briefing lecture about the next day's program.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - TUE - Parrot Clay Licks & Sani Warmi Interpretation Center

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

Later 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, make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - WED - Indillama & Napo Rivers, Yasuni National Park

Today you have the option to kayak trough one of the affluents of the Napo River, the Indillama River, which goes into the Yasuni National Park. Great excursions for wildlife observation, kayaks are a great silent vehicle to flow down river. Or you can choose to go on a canoe ride in search of more wildlife through the Napo River. It’s up to you!
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - THU - Border with Peru (the Heart of Yasuni)

After a delicious breakfast, disembark on land for your first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience. Here learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples 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 Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. Look for 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 our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about the glamping program.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - FRI - Meeting the Community & Island Exploration

Breakfast is on board, then visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador. Return aboard the Anakonda for lunch and a moment to relax while your captain navigates upstream. There is a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, you can learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - SAT - Observation Tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve

In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, you will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin. Back on board lunch is served, and in the afternoon visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible protected area with over 478 bird species and several monkey species. This activity will extend into the evening, when you will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of flashlights. Return to the Anakonda for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - SUN - Disembark Coca

Enjoy breakfast on the final morning on board your Anakonda Amazon cruise. Return to the city of Coca for morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream from the Anakonda takes around one hour.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 8-day itinerary listed above, the Anakonda may be booked as a Wednesday-Wednesday 8-day cruise or 4- or 5-day cruise:

8-Day Itinerary - Wednesday Start
Day 1 - WED - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park
Day 2 - THU - Border with Peru (the Heart of Yasuni)
Day 3 - FRI - Meeting the Community & Island Exploration
Day 4 - SAT - Observation Tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Day 5 - SUN - Indillama & Napo Rivers, Yasuni National Park
Day 6 - MON - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor
Day 7 - TUE - Clay Licks & Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center
Day 8 - WED - Disembark Coca

4-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - SUN - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park
Day 2 - MON - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor
Day 3 - TUE - Clay Licks & Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center
Day 4 - WED - Disembark Coca

5-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - WED - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park
Day 2 - THU - Border with Peru (the Heart of Yasuni)
Day 3 - FRI - Meeting the Community & Island Exploration
Day 4 - SAT - Observation Tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Day 5 - SUN - Disembark Coca

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

This cruise begins and ends in Coca, Ecuador, with a required flight from Quito. AdventureSmith arranges your flights to Coca (not included in rate) after your booking has been made. Plan flights to arrive one day prior to embarkation day. On the final day of the cruise, flights out of Quito are recommended to be made after 1:00pm on weekdays, and later on weekends. Coca-Quito flight schedules vary, so check with AdventureSmith Explorations for details on your particular departure.

Activities

Besides included hikes, skiff rides and swimming opportunities, the Anakonda features an optional kayaking and/or glamping (glamorous camping) excursions for up to 8 guests ($300 per person, per night 2014). You may choose between several different camp sites, where you can enjoy and explore the beautiful rainforest and its incredible biodiversity of plants and animals, such as the black caimans or otters. Each camp is fully sealed and above ground on a wooden platform equipped with comfortable beds, charming rustic furniture and superior service. Glampers will be able to enjoy gourmet meals, champagne and hot showers in a tented camp area after an exciting nature walk. In the evening, a local guide will tell you exciting stories about adventures and the way of life in the magical Amazon region. In the morning, go for a kayak excursion on the river and observe incredible wildlife. After a delicious breakfast, return back on board your Anakonda Amazon Cruise.
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Departs Weekly:
4 Day Sun-Wed | 5 Day Wed-Sun | 8 Day Sun-Sun and Wed-Wed

$2000 - 4 Day Deluxe Suite 2014

4 Deluxe Suites feature balconies. in-suite sitting areas, air conditioning, private bath and large panoramic windows.

$1600 - 4 Day Standard Suite 2014

14 Standard Suites feature in-suite sitting areas, air conditioning, private bath and large panoramic windows. 2 sets of Standard Suites can be interconnected for families.

$2500 - 5 Day Deluxe Suite 2014

$2000 - 5 Day Standard Suite 2014

$4000 - 8 Day Deluxe Suite 2014

$3200 - 8 Day Standard Suite 2014


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Included

Transportation from the Coca airport to the Anakonda when arriving on recommended flights, accommodation, all meals on board, unlimited water, coffee and tea, guided excursions, river and lagoon/lake exploration, swimming, birdwatching, rainforest hikes, visits to local communities, informative talks and conferences.

Exclusions

Round-trip airfare (Quito-Coca-Quito), transfers to and from Quito airport, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities, personal expenses, internet Wi-Fi, community visits fee ($60 per person 8 Day, $50pp 4 and 5 Day), any other service not mentioned herein.

Room Configuration

Single and triple occupancy rates are available. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for more information.

Families & Children

A discounted rate is available for children under 12 years of age. Applies 1 child per adult. This trip is recommended for children ages 7 and older. For younger children and for child pricing contact AdventureSmith Explorations.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 10% of total trip cost
90 to 61 days - Deposit non-refundable
60 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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