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Cruise the Amazon

11 Days / 10 Nights

Package Overview

The nature loving traveler will be enthralled by the experience of viewing wildlife up close on this 7 day cruise down the Napo River in Ecuador. In addition to the abundance of marine, bird, and plant life that you will observe, you will have a day of exploring the city of Quito and will visit the Middle of the World, where the equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2925.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito. An English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport and transport you to the hotel. Your guide will be able to assist you with anything you may need. Overnight at Casona de la Ronda.

Day 2

Depart from Quito in the morning to board the flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), arriving in Coca after a short 30-minute trip. Transfer from the airport to the Napo River port, where a motorized canoe will take you downstream for approximately one and a half hours. During the trip we will provide important information about the region. Once on board the MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER, we will start navigating down the Napo River. Lunch will be served and later on we will stop for a night walk before returning onboard for dinner. (Dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to the location.)

Day 3

Breakfast will be served on board before our excursion to the Parrot’s Clay lick, a great place for bird watching. Back on board, our lunch will be ready, and in the afternoon we will explore the Chaullacocha black water system. Depending upon the river water level, we can access this system by walking or by paddling a canoe. Then we will explore the lake shores looking for wild life, like turtles, herons, and caimans. Later in the day, we will visit the canopy tower, which is more than 30 meters high, from which an impressive view of the forest can be seen. This view gives us a unique vantage point to observe the secrets of this vast ecosystem. The tower has 300 steps that will be worth climbing to get to the top, where the most amazing view will be waiting for you. Return to the MANATEE at night, after searching for caimans on the lake of Chaullacocha.

Day 4

We will continue our navigation downstream to arrive at the mouth of the Pañayacu (Piranha River). After arrival, there will be a canoe trip through the Piranha River to see the sights of this interesting protected forest. There is a possibility of observing Pink River Dolphins, the agile Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. The Piranha Lake area is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes of that place are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caimans. After a refreshing swim in the Piranha Lake we will enjoy a delicious BBQ Amazon style and a cold drink at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will have an exploration walk, and later on, when we are back on board, we will have dinner and a brief lecture about the next day's program.

Day 5

Early in the morning, we will have a walk on one of the Islands of the Napo River for bird watching. After returning on board, we will start navigating down the Napo River in the afternoon, taking a canoe excursion to explore the Tiputini River inside of the Yasuni National Park. At dusk, our first live experience with the Ecuadorian Amazon basin will begin. Depending on the river level, climatic conditions, wildlife behavior and accessibility to the location, we will take a night walk, visit a native house or take a canoe ride.

Day 6

Early in the morning, we will explore one of the most pristine rivers in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Lagartococha (COCAYA) River. Here we will have the opportunity to observe exotic plants, colorful birds and unique wildlife that lives in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. This black water system is the home of the legendary Pink River Dolphins, River Turtles, Black Caimans and the enigmatic Amazon Manatee. We may see Red Howler Monkeys and other species like the black tamarind, squirrel monkey, three-toed sloth, the leaf-eating bird, locally known as Stinky Turkey (Hoatzin), and other wildlife. The canoe trip upstream will reveal the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic region. In the afternoon, in the heart of the Yasuni we will visit one of the major black water lakes of the upper Amazon basin, the Jatun Cocha. There is the opportunity for paddling and watching the giant otters, amazing water mammals, and endangered species. In addition to this, the local flora and fauna is an unforgettable sight that will take your breath away.

Day 7

On this morning, we will visit one of the local indigenous community's centers, specifically, one of the schools of the Kichwa Culture. We will have the opportunity to meet the local people and learn about their culture. Our guests can meet the children and visit their huts, and will learn how this friendly people live, use the resources of this unique world, and how they have learned to manage the fragility of this ecosystem. In the afternoon, guests can enjoy of a relaxing navigation onboard the Manatee, while recharging their batteries for the next day. There is also the opportunity to learn how to make Ecuadorian food in one of our cooking lessons directed by our chef on board. Locals teach you how they use fibers in handicraft making, and you will enjoy lectures on board by the naturalist about culture, biodiversity, Amazon formation, oil and sustainability. We will have the chance to hike, walking over a wooden pass through the Morete (morete fleuxisa palm) swamp. With luck, we will see frogs and parrots.

Day 8

Breakfast will be served on board, then we will take an excursion to the Parrot’s Clay licks, which is a great place to see many bird species. Back on board, our lunch will be ready, and in the afternoon, we will visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible area to find lots of birds, monkeys, and possibly even a black caiman at night. Return to the MANATEE at night.

Day 9

Return to the city of Coca to take the morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream will take around two hours. After arriving in Quito, transfer to Hotel Casona de la Ronda.

Day 10

Our city tour begins in the old city in Independence Square, surrounded by historically important buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century). The Church of San Francisco and Monastery were built a few months after the Spaniards arrival (XVI Century). We will drive 15 Km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main Monument built in honor of the French Scientific Expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to define the correct location of the equator. Here you will have the oportunity to visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument, which shows a display of the main cultures of Ecuador. Or visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum, located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses. Overnight at Hotel Casona de la Ronda.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • English speaking guide / driver
  • Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals and services mentioned as included
  • Daily excurstions while on the Manatee
  • Air to and from Coca

 Package Does Not Include

  • International air
  • Drinks
  • Extra meals and services
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • To accommodate the sailing schedule of the Manatee, this trip should begin on a Thursday or Sunday.
  • Some excursions may be affected by river levels, climatic conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to the location.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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Points of Interest

  • Napo River
  • Parrot Clay Lick
  • Panacocha Biological Corridor
  • Yasuni National Park
  • Limoncocha Biological Reserve
  • Coyabeno Wildlife Reserve
  • Kichwa Culter Center