Small ship cruise passengers on a kayak excursion in the ecuadorian amazong paddling down a narrow stretch of river lined with trees on both sides
Guide pointing up into the trees during a jungle walk while the rest of the group is looking through their binoculars
squirrel monkey perched on a tree branch and surrounded by green leaves in the ecuadorian jungle
jaguar in the ecuadorian amazon forest
red and orange frog sitting on a rock in the jungle in ecuador
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South America Amazon Cruise

Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

The 4-, 5- and 8-day Amazon River cruises aboard the 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer offer incredible, active, eco-friendly journeys to the Amazon rainforest, with itineraries that include an impressive diversity in the most pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer allows guests to experience unparalleled adventures in total comfort with active off-ship adventures. Journey down freshwater rivers, both whitewater and blackwater, and encounter different Amazonian ecosystems, including the possibility to observe fascinating animals such as pink river dolphins, manatees, caimans and piranhas, as well as hundreds of native bird and primate species while kayaking and walking in the rainforest.

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 negative impacts of tourism on the local environment and communities. The Manatee also delegates some proceeds from cruises to community conservation programs. The environmental focus of the Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises ensures guests are immersed in the environment and cultures of the Amazon on this exciting Ecuador rainforest cruise. This vessel is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her modern feel and ideal size.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Amazon cruises.



Itinerary

8-Day Friday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise Itinerary

This 8-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins on a Friday and operates round-trip from Quito, Ecuador, with a flight between Quito and Coca, Ecuador, and a motorized canoe transfer to/from the ship on either end of the trip. Activities are the same as the 8-day Monday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise, however the order is different.

Route map for 8-day Anakonda and Manatee Amazon Cruise itineraries.
Read More
Day 1
FRI - Arrive Quito to Coca & Embark Napo River, Ecuador

The adventure begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, transfer to the dock and board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon. Reach the Manatee Amazon Cruise and be welcomed aboard. On the Manatee, join expert local naturalist guides, who will provide a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Afterwards, explore the cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape while she glides down the Napo River. After dinner, take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest’s nocturnal activity and experience its vivid biodiversity firsthand.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Panacocha Biological Corridor

Travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, and take a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake, which means “Piranha Lake” in the native Kichwa. This ecosystem flooded by black-waters and surrounding protected rainforest is home to primates and birds and is the perfect habitat for piranhas, paiches (one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world), the white caiman, and hundreds of other aquatic animals. Participate in nature walks led by local naturalist guides and relax at a nearby campsite to enjoy an Amazon-style BBQ. After lunch, do some kayaking and swimming activities. Back on board the Manatee, enjoy the opportunity to attend a lecture and watch an educational documentary about the region.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
SUN - Parrot Clay Licks, Kichwa Cultural Center & Observation Tower

In the morning, set out on canoes to observe one of the most incredible sights on this side of the Western Amazon: the parrot clay licks. This unique place is rich in minerals and attracts hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and amazon birds. Afterwards, visit a Kichwa Cultural Center to learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions and cuisine. Members of the local community teach about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River. Take the opportunity to support the community by purchasing handicrafts, local products and souvenirs. Before sunset, visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin. Bird-lovers will especially enjoy this outing.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

Begin the day kayaking on the Indillama River towards Yasuní National Park. Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife. Canoes can also be used to travel in search of more wildlife. After an adventure-filled day, take advantage of the ship’s observation deck and experience a magical view under the stars. Those feeling energetic can choose to unwind with a night walk through the jungle in search of nocturnal creatures.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
TUE - Heart of Yasuni National Park & Pink River Dolphins

Early in the morning, visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, search for anacondas, river turtles, various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey.” In the afternoon, take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
WED - Kichwa Family Visit

Start today off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, with the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. Board the Manatee for lunch as she continues upstream. Participate in a cooking class with the expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food. Try your hand at traditional handicrafting or enjoy onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from the Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at the Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from the Observation Deck.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
THU - Forest Adventure & Observation Canopy Tower

Relax and enjoy the morning before disembarking to explore the nearby forest. Discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin. In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top while looming above the lush treetops that look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening, take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
FRI - Disembark to Coca, Ecuador

This is where the adventure ends, Enjoy the final part of the return journey, then disembark the Manatee Amazon Cruise to take the motorized canoe 90 minutes back to Coca.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transportation to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights; onboard accommodation; programmed visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide; unlimited supply of water, coffee and tea; all meals while on board; exclusive access to VIP Lounge in Coca city before and after cruise with complimentary coffee, tea, water and light snacks.

Exclusions

Transportation to and from Quito airport; air tickets package from Quito to Coca to Quito ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021), which includes private & personalized assistance at both airports, transfers to/from the vessels; admission to local communities, natural reserves and observation tower ($80 per person in 2020 &2021); optional hut camping excursion ($250 per person in 2020 &2021); alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities; Wi-Fi (due to the remote area of navigation, satellite internet is only available in certain zones and during certain times; it may be purchased for the price of $15 for the entire duration of the cruise); insurance of any kind; personal expenses; other services not specified in the program. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador (UIO). Plan flights to arrive in Quito one day prior to embarkation day. Plan flights to depart Quito no earlier than 2:00pm on weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The Manatee Amazon Cruise has a required flight between Quito and Coca on the first and final day of the itinerary. AdventureSmith arranges your flights to Coca (not included in cruise rate) after your booking has been made. Coca-Quito flight schedules vary, so check with AdventureSmith Explorations for details on your particular departure. There is a luggage weight limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) total for two pieces of checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) for one piece of carry-on baggage on the flights between Quito and Coca.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more active outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, skiff or canoe rides, birdwatching, indigenous community immersion, canopy observation, kayaking, cooking lessons and swimming opportunities.

Optional hut camping is available for up to 8 passengers ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021; minimum of 2 passengers). Sleep in special huts in the Pañacocha Protected Forest Reserve. Each hut is built with natural materials sourced in the area and is equipped with beds (with mosquito nets), private bathroom, showers, a closet and a hammock. Immerse yourself in the Amazon basin and observe its incredible wildlife before returning to the Manatee ship.

Room Configuration

Single and triple accommodations may be available on request and based on availability.

2020 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 8-day $6211
Standard Suite Triple: 8-day $3516
Deluxe Suite Single: 8-day $7716
Deluxe Suite Triple: 8-day $4393

2021 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 8-day $6538
Standard Suite Triple: 8-day $3701
Deluxe Suite Single: 8-day $8122
Deluxe Suite Triple: 8-day $4624

Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Discounted rates may be available for children under 12 years. Discount applies to 1 child per adult, e.g. 1 adult with 1 child or 2 adults with 2 children. In case there are 3 children and 2 adults, the 3rd child pays full adult rate. Children 7 years and older at time of departure are welcomed aboard all departure dates.

2020 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 8-day $2070
Deluxe Suite: 8-day $2585

2021 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 8-day $2179
Deluxe Suite: 8-day $2721

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

8-Day Monday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise Itinerary

This 8-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins on a Monday and operates round-trip from Quito, Ecuador, with a flight between Quito and Coca, Ecuador, and a motorized canoe transfer to/from the ship on either end of the trip. Activities are the same as the 8-day Friday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise, however the order is different.

Route map for 8-day Anakonda and Manatee Amazon Cruise itineraries.
Read More
Day 1
MON - Arrive Quito to Coca & Embark Napo River, Ecuador

The adventure begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, transfer to the dock and board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon. Reach the Manatee Amazon Cruise and be welcomed aboard. On the Manatee, join expert local naturalist guides, who will provide a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Afterwards, explore the cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape while she glides down the Napo River. After dinner, take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest’s nocturnal activity and experience its vivid biodiversity firsthand.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
TUE - Heart of Yasuni National Park & Pink River Dolphins

Early in the morning, visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, search for anacondas, river turtles, various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey.” In the afternoon, take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
WED - Kichwa Family Visit

Start today off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, with the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. Board the Manatee for lunch as she continues upstream. Participate in a cooking class with the expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food. Try your hand at traditional handicrafting or enjoy onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from the Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at the Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from the Observation Deck.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
THU - Forest Adventure & Observation Canopy Tower

Relax and enjoy the morning before disembarking to explore the nearby forest. Discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin. In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top while looming above the lush treetops that look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening, take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
FRI - Indillama & Napo Rivers, Yasuni National Park

Begin the day kayaking on the Indillama River towards Yasuní National Park. Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife. Canoes can also be used to travel in search of more wildlife. After an adventure-filled day, take advantage of the ship’s observation deck and experience a magical view under the stars. Those feeling energetic can choose to unwind with a night walk through the jungle in search of nocturnal creatures.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
SAT - Panacocha Biological Corridor

Travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, and take a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake, which means “Piranha Lake” in the native Kichwa. This ecosystem flooded by black-waters and surrounding protected rainforest is home to primates and birds and is the perfect habitat for piranhas, paiches (one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world), the white caiman, and hundreds of other aquatic animals. Participate in nature walks led by local naturalist guides, and relax at a nearby campsite to enjoy an Amazon-style BBQ. After lunch, do some kayaking and swimming activities. Back on board the Manatee, enjoy the opportunity to attend a lecture and watch an educational documentary about the region.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
SUN - Parrot Clay Licks, Kichwa Cultural Center & Observation Tower

In the morning, set out on canoes to observe one of the most incredible sights on this side of the Western Amazon: the parrot clay licks. This unique place is rich in minerals and attracts hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and amazon birds. Afterwards, visit a Kichwa Cultural Center to learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions and cuisine. Members of the local community teach about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River. Take the opportunity to support the community by purchasing handicrafts, local products and souvenirs. Before sunset, visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin. Bird-lovers will especially enjoy this outing.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
MON - Disembark to Coca, Ecuador

This is where the adventure ends, Enjoy the final part of the return journey, then disembark the Manatee Amazon Cruise to take the motorized canoe 90 minutes back to Coca.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transportation to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights; onboard accommodation; programmed visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide; unlimited supply of water, coffee and tea; all meals while on board; exclusive access to VIP Lounge in Coca city before and after cruise with complimentary coffee, tea, water and light snacks.

Exclusions

Transportation to and from Quito airport; air tickets package from Quito to Coca to Quito ($250 per person in 2020 &2021), which includes private & personalized assistance at both airports, transfers to/from the vessels; admission to local communities, natural reserves and observation tower ($80 per person in 2020 & 2021); optional hut camping excursion ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021); alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities; Wi-Fi (due to the remote area of navigation, satellite internet is only available in certain zones and during certain times; it may be purchased for the price of $15 for the entire duration of the cruise); insurance of any kind; personal expenses; other services not specified in the program. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador (UIO). Plan flights to arrive in Quito one day prior to embarkation day. Plan flights to depart Quito no earlier than 2:00pm on weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The Manatee Amazon Cruise has a required flight between Quito and Coca on the first and final day of the itinerary. AdventureSmith arranges your flights to Coca (not included in cruise rate) after your booking has been made. Coca-Quito flight schedules vary, so check with AdventureSmith Explorations for details on your particular departure. There is a luggage weight limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) total for two pieces of checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) for one piece of carry-on baggage on the flights between Quito and Coca.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more active outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, skiff or canoe rides, birdwatching, indigenous community immersion, canopy observation, kayaking, cooking lessons and swimming opportunities.

Optional hut camping is available for up to 8 passengers ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021; minimum of 2 passengers). Sleep in special huts in the Pañacocha Protected Forest Reserve. Each hut is built with natural materials sourced in the area and is equipped with beds (with mosquito nets), private bathroom, showers, a closet and a hammock. Immerse yourself in the Amazon basin and observe its incredible wildlife before returning to the Manatee ship.

Room Configuration

Single and triple accommodations may be available on request and based on availability.

2020 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 8-day $6211
Standard Suite Triple: 8-day $3516
Deluxe Suite Single: 8-day $7716
Deluxe Suite Triple: 8-day $4393

2021 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 8-day $6538
Standard Suite Triple: 8-day $3701
Deluxe Suite Single: 8-day $8122
Deluxe Suite Triple: 8-day $4624

Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Discounted rates may be available for children under 12 years. Discount applies to 1 child per adult, e.g. 1 adult with 1 child or 2 adults with 2 children. In case there are 3 children and 2 adults, the 3rd child pays full adult rate. Children 7 years and older at time of departure are welcomed aboard all departure dates.

2020 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 8-day $2070
Deluxe Suite: 8-day $2585

2021 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 8-day $2179
Deluxe Suite: 8-day $2721

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

5-Day Monday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise Itinerary

The 5-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins on a Monday and operates round-trip from Quito, Ecuador, with a flight between Quito and Coca, Ecuador, and a motorized canoe transfer to/from the ship on either end of the trip. This follows the same route as days 1-4 of the 8-Day Monday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise.

Route map of 5-day Anakonda and Manatee Amazon Cruise itinerary.
Read More
Day 1
MON - Arrive Quito to Coca & Embark Napo River, Ecuador

The adventure begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, transfer to the dock and board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon. Reach the Manatee Amazon Cruise and be welcomed aboard. On the Manatee, join expert local naturalist guides, who will provide a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Afterwards, explore the cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape while she glides down the Napo River. After dinner, take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest’s nocturnal activity and experience its vivid biodiversity firsthand.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 2
TUE - Heart of Yasuni National Park & Pink River Dolphins

Early in the morning, visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, search for anacondas, river turtles, various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey.” In the afternoon, take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
WED - Kichwa Family Visit

Start today off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, with the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. Board the Manatee for lunch as she continues upstream. Participate in a cooking class with the expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food. Try your hand at traditional handicrafting or enjoy onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from the Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at the Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from the Observation Deck.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
THU - Forest Adventure & Observation Canopy Tower

Relax and enjoy the morning before disembarking to explore the nearby forest. Discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin. In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top while looming above the lush treetops that look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening, take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
FRI - Disembark to Coca, Ecuador

This is where the adventure ends, Enjoy the final part of the return journey, then disembark the Manatee Amazon Cruise to take the motorized canoe 90 minutes back to Coca.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transportation to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights; onboard accommodation; programmed visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide; unlimited supply of water, coffee and tea; all meals while on board; exclusive access to VIP Lounge in Coca city before and after cruise with complimentary coffee, tea, water and light snacks.

Exclusions

Transportation to and from Quito airport; air tickets package from Quito to Coca to Quito ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021), which includes private & personalized assistance at both airports, transfers to/from the vessels; admission to local communities, natural reserves and observation tower ($70 per person in 2020 & 2021); optional hut camping excursion ($250 per person in 2020); alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities; Wi-Fi (due to the remote area of navigation, satellite internet is only available in certain zones and during certain times; it may be purchased for the price of $15 for the entire duration of the cruise); insurance of any kind; personal expenses; other services not specified in the program. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 5-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador (UIO). Plan flights to arrive in Quito one day prior to embarkation day. Plan flights to depart Quito no earlier than 2:00pm on weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The Manatee Amazon Cruise has a required flight between Quito and Coca on the first and final day of the itinerary. AdventureSmith arranges your flights to Coca (not included in cruise rate) after your booking has been made. Coca-Quito flight schedules vary, so check with AdventureSmith Explorations for details on your particular departure. There is a luggage weight limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) total for two pieces of checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) for one piece of carry-on baggage on the flights between Quito and Coca.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more active outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, skiff or canoe rides, birdwatching, indigenous community immersion, canopy observation, kayaking, cooking lessons and swimming opportunities.

Optional hut camping is available for up to 8 passengers ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021; minimum of 2 passengers). Sleep in special huts in the Pañacocha Protected Forest Reserve. Each hut is built with natural materials sourced in the area and is equipped with beds (with mosquito nets), private bathroom, showers, a closet and a hammock. Immerse yourself in the Amazon basin and observe its incredible wildlife before returning to the Manatee ship.

Room Configuration

Single and triple accommodations may be available on request and based on availability.

2020 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 5-day $3880
Standard Suite Triple: 5-day $2200
Deluxe Suite Single: 5-day $4824
Deluxe Suite Triple: 5-day $2745

2021 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 5-day $4084
Standard Suite Triple: 5-day $2316
Deluxe Suite Single: 5-day $5078
Deluxe Suite Triple: 5-day $2889

Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Discounted rates may be available for children under 12 years. Discount applies to 1 child per adult, e.g. 1 adult with 1 child or 2 adults with 2 children. In case there are 3 children and 2 adults, the 3rd child pays full adult rate. Children 7 years and older at time of departure are welcomed aboard all departure dates.

2020 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 5-day $1295
Deluxe Suite: 5-day $1616

2021 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 5-day $1363
Deluxe Suite: 5-day $1701

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

4-Day Friday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise Itinerary

The 4-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins on Friday and operates round-trip from Quito, Ecuador, with a flight between Quito and Coca, Ecuador, and a motorized canoe transfer to/from the ship on either end of the trip. This follows days 1-3 of the 8-Day Friday Start Manatee Amazon Cruise.

Route map of 4-day Anakonda and Manatee Amazon Cruise itinerary.
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Day 1
FRI - Arrive Quito to Coca & Embark Napo River, Ecuador

The adventure begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, transfer to the dock and board a motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon. Reach the Manatee Amazon Cruise and be welcomed aboard. On the Manatee, join expert local naturalist guides, who will provide a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Afterwards, explore the cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape while she glides down the Napo River. After dinner, take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest’s nocturnal activity and experience its vivid biodiversity firsthand.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Panacocha Biological Corridor

Travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, and take a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake, which means “Piranha Lake” in the native Kichwa. This ecosystem flooded by black-waters and surrounding protected rainforest is home to primates and birds and is the perfect habitat for piranhas, paiches (one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world), the white caiman, and hundreds of other aquatic animals. Participate in nature walks led by local naturalist guides and relax at a nearby campsite to enjoy an Amazon-style BBQ. After lunch, do some kayaking and swimming activities. Back on board the Manatee, enjoy the opportunity to attend a lecture and watch an educational documentary about the region.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Parrot Clay Licks, Kichwa Cultural Center & Observation Tower

In the morning, set out on canoes to observe one of the most incredible sights on this side of the Western Amazon: the parrot clay licks. This unique place is rich in minerals and attracts hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and amazon birds. Afterwards, visit a Kichwa Cultural Center to learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions and cuisine. Members of the local community teach about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River. Take the opportunity to support the community by purchasing handicrafts, local products and souvenirs. Before sunset, visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin. Bird-lovers will especially enjoy this outing.

Accommodations

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Disembark to Coca, Ecuador

This is where the adventure ends, Enjoy the final part of the return journey, then disembark the Manatee Amazon Cruise to take the motorized canoe 90 minutes back to Coca.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transportation to and from vessel when arriving on recommended flights; onboard accommodation; programmed visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide; unlimited supply of water, coffee and tea; all meals while on board; exclusive access to VIP Lounge in coca city before and after cruise with complimentary coffee, tea, water and light snacks.

Exclusions

Transportation to and from Quito airport; air tickets package from Quito to Coca to Quito ($250 per person in 2020 &2021), which includes private & personalized assistance at both airports, transfers to/from the vessels; admission to local communities, natural reserves and observation tower ($70 per person in 2020 & 2021); optional hut camping ($250 per person in 2020 & 2021); alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities; Wi-Fi (due to the remote area of navigation, satellite internet is only available in certain zones and during certain times; it may be purchased for the price of $15 for the entire duration of the cruise); insurance of any kind; personal expenses; other services not specified in the program. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 4-day Manatee Amazon Cruise begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador (UIO). Plan flights to arrive in Quito one day prior to embarkation day. Plan flights to depart Quito no earlier than 2:00pm on weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

The Manatee Amazon Cruise has a required flight between Quito and Coca on the first and final day of the itinerary. AdventureSmith arranges your flights to Coca (not included in cruise rate) after your booking has been made. Coca-Quito flight schedules vary, so check with AdventureSmith Explorations for details on your particular departure. There is a luggage weight limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) total for two pieces of checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) for one piece of carry-on baggage on the flights between Quito and Coca.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more active outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, skiff or canoe rides, birdwatching, indigenous community immersion, canopy observation, kayaking, cooking lessons and swimming opportunities.

Room Configuration

Single and triple accommodations may be available on request and based on availability.

2020 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 4-day $3104
Standard Suite Triple: 4-day $1758
Deluxe Suite Single: 4-day $3859
Deluxe Suite Triple: 4-day $2197

2021 Rates:
Standard Suite Single: 4-day $3267
Standard Suite Triple: 4-day $1851
Deluxe Suite Single: 4-day $4062
Deluxe Suite Triple: 4-day $2313

Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Discounted rates may be available for children under 12 years. Discount applies to 1 child per adult, e.g. 1 adult with 1 child or 2 adults with 2 children. In case there are 3 children and 2 adults, the 3rd child pays full adult rate. Children 7 years and older at time of departure are welcomed aboard all departure dates.

2020 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 4-day $1036
Deluxe Suite: 4-day $1295

2021 Child Rates:
Standard Suite: 4-day $1091
Deluxe Suite: 4-day $1363

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Details

Itineraries span varying days of the week, depending on trip length: 4 Day Fri-Mon | 5 Day Mon-Fri | 8 Day Fri-Fri and Mon-Mon

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

2020 Rates
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Manatee Amazon Explorer

The 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer cruises Ecuador's Amazon in style and casual comfort. The vessel is certified by Smart Voyager and the Rainforest Alliance, entities that guarantee the sustainability of her operations.

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