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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 - Parrot Clay Lick & Observation Tower

Day 3 - TUE - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

Day 4 - WED - Island Exploration & Yasuni National Park

Day 5 - THU - Visiting the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & Yasuni National Park

Day 6 - FRI - Kichwa Culture & Swamp Forest Walk

Day 7 - SAT - Parrot Clay Lick or Water Museum & 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 - Parrot Clay Lick & Observation Tower

Breakfast is served on board before your visit to the Parrot Clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia. Lunch is served on board; in the afternoon explore the Chaullacocha black-water river system, and depending on the river´s water level, you access it by foot or paddling canoe. Further explore the lake’s shores seeking out turtles, herons and caiman, and later in the day, visit a canopy tower near 100 feet high, from which an impressive view of the forest lies out in front of you. From this perspective, you can appreciate the breadth of a vast ecosystem that cannot be seen from any other angle. The tower has 300 steps to a riveting forest view. Return to the M/V Anakonda by nightfall, after searching for caiman on Chaullacocha Lake.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - TUE - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

Continue navigating downstream to reach the Pañayacu River delta, then take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Keep an eye out 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 for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - WED - Island Exploration & Yasuni National Park

Begin activities at daybreak, and walk in one of the Napo River’s unique island ecosystems, created from vegetation clogs that accumulate as the river moves forward into the Amazon. Return onboard for lunch and then head to the Tiputini River, inside the Yasuní National Park, on a hand-paddled canoe excursion for a chance to explore riparian habitats with diverse wildlife. At dusk, experience the busy nightlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon during a night walk or canoe ride (visit to a native dwelling depends on river level, climatic conditions, wildlife activity or accessibility to the location).
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - THU - Visiting the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & Yasuni National Park

Early in the morning, explore one of the Ecuadorian Amazonia’s purest rivers, the Cocaya. A haven of exotic plants, colorful birds and unique wildlife within the Cuyabeno, this blackwater system is home to legendary Pink River Dolphins, Black Cayman and the enigmatic Amazonian Anaconda. Look for river turtles and a series of monkey species such as the Black-mantled Tamarin, Red Howler or Squirrel Monkeys, as well as Three-toed Sloths and the most-primitive Hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally called the Stinky Turkey (Pavo Hediondo). The canoe trip upstream reveals the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic jungle world. In the afternoon, head over into the heart of the Yasuni to blackwater lake Jatun Cocha. Here there will be opportunities for walking and paddling, watching out for giant otters, an amazing water mammal and endangered species with almost human-like behavior. Of course, Amazon flowers and plants will be a continually breathtaking and unforgettable sight the entirety of this Amazon rainforest cruise.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - FRI - Kichwa Culture & Swamp Forest Walk

This morning, visit a local Kichwa indigenous community center and school. During the visit, meet the representative members of life within Amazonia, learning about their culture, talents and ways of life. Meet children and visit their native homes, understanding how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how they cherish the fragility of their ecosystem. In the afternoon, unwind as the M/V Anakonda navigates down river. Learn about Ecuadorian cuisine at one of the onboard chef's cooking classes, or make fiber-knit handicrafts with the locals. Naturalists will carry out onboard lectures on different Amazon-related topics, including diversity, geology, history, petroleum and sustainability. You'll also have the chance to walk over a wooden boardwalk through a Morete Palm swamp, for an opportunity to see frogs, parrots and anything else that should show itself.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Anakonda
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - SAT - Parrot Clay Lick or Water Museum & Limoncocha Biological Reserve

After breakfast on board, begin either at the Parrot Clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife shows in Amazonia, or the Yaku Kawsay, a live underwater museum inside Yasuní National Park, a fascinating project created by one of the many Kichwa river communities, showing visitors what it is like inside the rivers and lakes of the Amazon. Back on board lunch is served, and in the afternoon visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible area with over 400 bird species. Search for Black Caiman after dusk.
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 two hours.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

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

4-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - SUN - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park
Day 2 - MON - Parrot Clay Lick & Observation Tower
Day 3 - TUE - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor
Day 4 - WED - Native Dwelling & Disembark Coca

5-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - WED - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park
Day 2 - THU - Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve & Yasuni National Park
Day 3 - FRI - Kichwa Culture & Swamp Forest Hike
Day 4 - SAT - Parrot Clay Lick or Water Museum & 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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4 Day Sun-Wed | 5 Day Wed-Sun | 8 Day Sun-Sun and Wed-Wed

$2000 - 4 Day Deluxe Suite 2013-14

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

$1600 - 4 Day Standard Suite 2013-14

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 2013-14

$2000 - 5 Day Standard Suite 2013-14

$4000 - 8 Day Deluxe Suite 2013-14

$3200 - 8 Day Standard Suite 2013-14


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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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