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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise
The 4-, 5- and 8-day Amazon River cruises aboard the 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer offer an incredible, eco-friendly journey to the Amazon Rainforest, with itineraries that include an impressive diversity in the most pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Cuyabeno Natural Reserve, Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador), Limoncocha Biological Reserve (the onl y one in Ecuador), kayaking, canoe expeditions, walks in the rainforest and wonderful indigenous people await your visit.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise is a sustainable travel option in the Amazon as the vessel is certified by Smart Voyager and Rainforest Alliance, entities that ensure the ship meets rigorous environmental, social and security norms to decrease the impacts of tourism on the local environment and communities. The focus of Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises is on the environment, and you are sure to be fully immersed in the Amazon on this exciting Ecuador rainforest cruise.
read more The 4-, 5- and 8-day Amazon River cruises aboard the 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer offer an incredible, eco-friendly journey to the Amazon Rainforest, with itineraries that include an impressive diversity in the most pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Cuyabeno Natural Reserve, Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador), Limoncocha Biological Reserve (the only one in Ecuador), kayaking, canoe expeditions, walks in the rainforest and wonderful indigenous people await your visit.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise is a sustainable travel option in the Amazon as the vessel is certified by Smart Voyager and Rainforest Alliance, entities that ensure the ship meets rigorous environmental, social and security norms to decrease the impacts of tourism on the local environment and communities. The focus of Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises is on the environment, and you are sure to be fully immersed in the Amazon on this exciting Ecuador rainforest cruise.
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Day 1 - FRI - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park

Day 2 - SAT - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

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

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

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

Day 6 - WED - Meeting the Community & Island Exploration

Day 7 - THU - Observation Tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Day 8 - FRI - Disembark Coca


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Day 1 - FRI - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park

Depart in the morning from Quito on a short 30-minute flight to Coca (Francisco de Orellana). Transfer to the Río Napo port, and then journey by motorized canoe downstream (approximately 1.5 hours) to board the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Once on board, you'll start navigating down the Napo River and enjoy lunch. Stop for a night walk, and return onboard the Manatee Explorer for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - SAT - Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

Continue navigating downstream to reach the Pañayacu River delta. After arrival, 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 Manatee cruise for dinner and a briefing lecture about the next day's program.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - SUN - 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:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - MON - 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:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - TUE - 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:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - WED - 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 M/V Manatee 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:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - THU - 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 M/V Manatee for dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Manatee Amazon Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - FRI - Disembark Coca

Enjoy breakfast on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer, then return to the city of Coca for morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream takes around 1.5 hours.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

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

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

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

5-Day Itinerary
Day 1 - MON - Embark Coca & Yasuni National Park
Day 2 - TUE - Border with Peru (the Heart of Yasuni)
Day 3 - WED - Meeting the Community & Island Exploration
Day 4 - THU - Observation Tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Day 5 - FRI - 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 Fri-Mon | 5 Day Mon-Fri | 8 Day Fri-Fri and Mon-Mon

$860 - 4 Day Double 2014

2 cabins feature double beds, and 10 cabins have twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed.

$731 - 4 Day Triple 2014

2 triple cabins with three twin-size beds are available aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer.

$1075 - 5 Day Double 2014

$914 - 5 Day Triple 2014

$1720 - 8 Day Double 2014

$1462 - 8 Day Triple 2014


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Included

Transportation from the Coca airport to the Manatee Amazon Explorer 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), tranfers to and from Quito airport, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities, personal expenses, boutique purchases, community visits fee ($60 per person 8 Day, $50pp 4 and 5 Day), any other service not mentioned herein.

Room Configuration

Single 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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