The journey on board of the Anakonda deluxe Amazon cruise will take you into the heart of biodiversity in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Navigate down the river on a marvellous, state-of-the-art vessel, undoubtedly a great way to explore the Amazon basin.
The inspiring adventure will provide many unexpected, astonishing wildlife encounters while you discover the Yasuní, Ecuador’s largest National Park. The park contains over 200 species of butterflies and 596 species of birds. And is also home to 150 species of amphibians, 121 species of reptiles, and 200 species of mammals.
During your cruise, you will be able to climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest. You will paddle through black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. Hike trails and learn about the beautiful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.
About the vessel: The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Its eighteen suites feature ample sitting areas, large and comfortable beds. It has a large observation deck and outdoor Jacuzzi. The al fresco lounge is ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. There are three canoes and ten kayaks available for land excursions and activities.
The Suites and cabins on the Anakonda Amazon have all the perks of comfort while cruising the Amazon. The Suites have private balconies, and Jacuzzis which are perfect for unwinding in the privacy of your cabin. While the large cabins also feature full-frame panoramic windows for a great view of the jungle. However, one of the main points of difference is that the team on board will go out of his way to personalise your Amazon experience.
The Anakonda deluxe Amazon cruise has four days, five days and eight days itineraries.
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute will take you to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where you will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about one hour, to board the M/V Anakonda Amazon. Throughout the journey, you will have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
After boarding the M/V Anakonda, you will continue navigating downstream. You will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of the cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organised after sunset; it gives you the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
Today you will continue your navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek 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 the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.
After breakfast set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeet’s, and different species of Amazonian birds every day. If weather permits, you will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon.
Visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Centre, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine, and everyday life. They have created the centre 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 Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
In the morning, disembark the M/V Anakonda and transfer by motorised canoe to Coca (one hour ride) for your flight back to Quito.