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Cruises

Manatee Amazon Explorer (Fri to Mon)

Amazon, Ecuador

4 days

Special Offer


Save up to 40% per cabin when booking by July 31, 2019, and pay in full at the time of booking.
For select 2019 departures only.*
Valid to travel from June 15 to December 20, 2019, only.

Up to $1,400 USD for a single traveller
Up to $610 USD per person twin share
Up to $310 USD per person triple share

August 2-5
September 6-9
September 20-23
October 18-21
October 25-28
November 8-11
December 6-9
December 13-16

Summary

The journey on board of the Manatee 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. It 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 Manatee Amazon River Cruise has 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 on the Manatee Amazon River Cruise 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 the team on board; they will go out of his way to personalise your Amazon experience.

The Manatee Amazon cruise has four days, five days and eight days itineraries.

Highlights

  • The Manatee Amazon Explorer’s flexibility as a comprehensive navigation adventure takes you to many different sites within the Amazon Basin
  • Experience a cultural & ethnic encounter with the locals
  • Discover the Yasuní National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest
  • Climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles

ITINERARY

Day 1 Quito/Amazon

Today you will take a flight to Coca. On arrival, you will be met by Manatee staff members and you will be transferred to the dock, where you will embark on a motorised canoe and navigate down river about 1½ hour, to board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. Throughout the journey, you will have a chance to admire the rain forest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, you will continue navigating downstream.
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.

Day 2 Amazon

Pañacocha Biological Corridor
This morning, after a nice breakfast, you will continue navigating downstream to the Pañayacu River delta. Take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve.
Seek for Pink River Dolphins, 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 Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), you will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.

Day 3 Amazon

Parrots’ Clay Licks – Sani Warmi & Yasuni National Park
Today you will visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia has to offer! Known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of Parrots, Parakeets, and Amazon birds every day.

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 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, you will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, to end the day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Day 4 Amazon

Early departure from the Manatee and transfer back to Coca (two-hour canoe ride) for your onwards flight.

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