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Manatee Cruise

Although expedition cruising by its very nature is characterized as adventurous, the safety of our staff and passengers is of paramount importance to us. The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The canoes used for daily shore landings are rugged and versatile and are operated responsibly by experienced personnel. Onboard you will be fully briefed on all pertinent safety issues and concerns, as well as our environmental policy; passengers also receive appropriate and detailed briefings before each landing.

EXPLORE THE AMAZON

This is a how-to of penetrating an evergreen mass of diversity spread out kilometers on end across the Amazon Basin: the spellbinding tropical rainforest. As we can see from above, nature tells us the best way is to travel its silt-clad veins into what may seem uniform, but is the epitome of change and diversity. This most inspiring journey will include a myriad unexpected possibilities and the surprising forest visions of magical flooded forests, untamed wilds within the Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador), and the quiet stills of Pañacocha (Piranha Lake), as we climb up canopy observation towers, inch down black-water jungle streams, walk the understory through meandering trails and meet the sacred peoples of the Amazon forest base.
ITINERARY 4 DAYS

DAY 1 - FRIDAY : QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V MANATEE, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, the M/V Manatee will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region.
After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to your first encounters with the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes.

DAY 2 - SATURDAY: VISITING A BLACK WATER LAGOON

We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out 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!), we will 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.

DAY 3 - SUNDAY: KURY MUYU & PARROT CLAY LICK

Breakfast served on board. Today we will enjoy a cultural & ethnic encounter with the locals. We will spend some time at one of the forest communities to learn about their everyday lives. Take advantage to shop for local handcrafts and souvenirs. Later we head over to the Parrot Clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia.
After lunch, explore one of our local jungle trails as we head to a most unique water museum, where you will learn about many of the creatures that inhabit this environment. After the visit, conditions permitting, paddle your way downstream back to the Napo and enjoy more opportunities to observe wildlife.

DAY 4 - MONDAY: RETURNING HOME

Early departure from the Manatee and transfer back to Coca (two-hour canoe ride); return flight to Quito

 

ITINERARY 5 DAYS
DAY 1 - MONDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized speedboat downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V MANATEE, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon. Soon after boarding, the M/V Manatee will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing nature and wildlife of the region.
After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to the first encounters with the Amazon basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY: PERUVIAN BORDER / YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

After a delicious breakfast we will disembark to visit one of the local family homes. During the visit, we will have the opportunity of meeting representative members of the Amazonian community, learning from their culture, talents and ways of life. We will understand how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how the cherish the fragility of their ecosystem.
After lunch, the Manatee continues navigation towards one of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin, home to legendary Pink River Dolphins, Black Cayman and the enigmatic Amazonian Anaconda. We may also spot river turtles and a series of monkey species such as the Black-mantled Tamarin, Red Howler or Squirrel Monkeys, as well as Three-toed Sloths and the primitive Hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally called ‘Stinky Turkey’ (PavoHediondo). The canoe trip upstream will reveal the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic jungle world.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY: FLOODED FOREST & MONKEY ISLAND

This morning, we will explore a swamp forest from the comfort of a high rise board walk, a very good chance to discover the wildlife that frequents these “moretales”, or Morete palm forests, where birds, primates and different aquatic creatures congregate.  Afterwards, we visit a local home where funerary urns from the XVII century have been discovered and excavated.
After lunch, and a short time to unwind as the MANATEE navigates upstream, we will spend some time exploring one of the large islands, where many surprises can be found. For our more adventurous guests, we offer Glamping for the night. Pleaseenquire.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY: KURY MUYO & CLAY LICKS

Breakfast is served on board. We will enjoy a cultural & ethnical encounter with the locals communities. We will spend some time at one of the communities to learn about their everyday lives. Here, you’ll be able to shop, a great opportunity to purchase local handcrafts. Later we head over to the Parrot Clay licks, where we will witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia. In the afternoon, we visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible natural reserve with over four hundred bird species. Search for Black Caiman after dusk. Evening return to the Manatee.

DAY 5 FRIDAY: RETURNING HOME

We head back to the city of Coca to take the morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream takes around two hours.

 

ITINERARY 8 DAYS
DAY 1 - FRIDAY : QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V MANATEE, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, the M/V Manatee will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region.
After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to your first encounters with the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. 

DAY 2 - SATURDAY: VISITING A BLACK WATER LAGOON

We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out 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!), we will 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

DAY 3 - SUNDAY: WHITE WATER RIVER & YAKU KAUSAY AT THE YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast served on board. We explore a white-water river in search of local fauna. After lunch we stop at the Amazonian Water Museum (YakuKausay), and an optional night walk inside forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels, weather conditions, and wildlife behavior).

DAY 4 - MONDAY: POMPEYA - NAPO RIVER – YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

In the morning we will visit a very interesting butterfly house and research project at one of the nearby communities.
After lunch, we will enjoy an easy walk in terra firme forest and discover the animated forest understory of the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. 

DAY 5 - TUESDAY: PERUVIAN BORDER / YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

After a delicious breakfast we will disembark to visit one of the local family homes. During the visit, we will have the opportunity of meeting representative members of the Amazonian community, learning from their culture, talents and ways of life. We will understand how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how the cherish the fragility of their ecosystem. After lunch, the Manatee continues navigation towards one of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin, home to legendary Pink River Dolphins, Black Cayman and the enigmatic Amazonian Anaconda. We may also spot river turtles and a series of monkey species such as the Black-mantled Tamarin, Red Howler or Squirrel Monkeys, as well as Three-toed Sloths and the primitive Hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally called ‘Stinky Turkey’ (PavoHediondo). The canoe trip upstream will reveal the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic jungle world.

DAY 6 - WEDNESDAY: FLOODED FOREST & MONKEY ISLAND

This morning, we will explore a swamp forest from the comfort of a high rise board walk, a very good chance to discover the wildlife that frequents these “moretales”, or Morete palm forests, where birds, primates and different aquatic creatures congregate.  Afterwards, we visit a local home where funerary urns from the XVII century have been discovered and excavated.
After lunch, and a short time to unwind as the MANATEE navigates upstream, we will spend some time exploring one of the large islands, where many surprises can be found. For our more adventurous guests, we offer Glamping for the night. Pleaseenquire.

DAY 7 - THURSDAY: KURY MUYO & CLAY LICKS

Breakfast is served on board. We will enjoy a cultural & ethnical encounter with the locals communities. We will spend some time at one of the communities to learn about their everyday lives. Here, you’ll be able to shop, a great opportunity to purchase local handcrafts. Later we head over to the Parrot Clay licks, where we will witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia.
In the afternoon, we visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible natural reserve with over four hundred bird species. Search for Black Caiman after dusk. Evening return to the Manatee.

DAY 8 - FRIDAY: RETURNING HOME

We head back to the city of Coca to take the morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride up stream takes around two hours.

 

ITINERARY 8 DAYS
DAY 1 - MONDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V MANATEE, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, the M/V Manatee will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region.
After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to your first encounters with the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes. 

DAY 2 - TUESDAY: PERUVIAN BORDER / YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

After a delicious breakfast we will disembark to visit one of the local family homes. During the visit, we will have the opportunity of meeting representative members of the Amazonian community, learning from their culture, talents and ways of life. We will understand how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how the cherish the fragility of their ecosystem. After lunch, the Manatee continues navigation towards one of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin, home to legendary Pink River Dolphins, Black Cayman and the enigmatic Amazonian Anaconda. We may also spot river turtles and a series of monkey species such as the Black-mantled Tamarin, Red Howler or Squirrel Monkeys, as well as Three-toed Sloths and the primitive Hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally called ‘Stinky Turkey’ (PavoHediondo). The canoe trip upstream will reveal the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic jungle world.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY: FLOODED FOREST & MONKEY ISLAND

This morning, we will explore a swamp forest from the comfort of a high rise board walk, a very good chance to discover the wildlife that frequents these “moretales”, or Morete palm forests, where birds, primates and different aquatic creatures congregate.  Afterwards, we visit a local home where funerary urns from the XVII century have been discovered and excavated.
After lunch, and a short time to unwind as the MANATEE navigates upstream, we will spend some time exploring one of the large islands, where many surprises can be found.
For our more adventurous guests, we offer Glamping for the night. Pleaseenquire.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY: KURY MUYO & CLAY LICKS

Breakfast is served on board. We will enjoy a cultural & ethnical encounter with the locals communities. We will spend some time at one of the communities to learn about their everyday lives. Here, you’ll be able to shop, a great opportunity to purchase local handcrafts. Later we head over to the Parrot Clay licks, where we will witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia.
In the afternoon, we visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible natural reserve with over four hundred bird species. Search for Black Caiman after dusk. Evening return to the Manatee.

DAY 5 – FRIDAY: POMPEYA & NAPO RIVER AT THE YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we will visit an Archeological/Ethnographic Museum on the Island of Pompeya for a unique look at the ancient cultures that lived and settled in the area.
After lunch, we will enjoy an easy walk in terra firme forest and discover the animated forest understory of the Amazon Basin. After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk to discover the mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes.

DAY 6 - SATURDAY: VISITING A BLACK WATER LAGOON

We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out 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!), we will 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.

DAY 7 - SUNDAY: WHITE WATER RIVER & YAKU KAUSAY AT THE YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast served on board. We explore a white-water river in search of local fauna.
After lunch we stop at the Amazonian Water Museum (YakuKausay), and an optional night walk inside forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels, weather conditions, and wildlife behavior).

DAY 8 - MONDAY: RETURNING HOME

We head back to the city of Coca to take the morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream takes around two hours.

 


Contact Ecuador Travel Prices 2017 per person

4 Days 5 Days 8 Days
Doble Standart Suite 860.00 1075.00 1720.00
Triple Deluxe Suite 731.00 914.00 1462.00
Sencilla Deluxe Suite 1290.00 1613.00 2580.00

In the prices included:

Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
On board accommodations
Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalistic guide
Unlimited water, coffee and tea
All meals while on board

Not included in the price:

Airfare Quito – Coca – Quito
Transfer’s to and from Quito’s airport
Community entrance fees (USD 50 net per passenger in 4 and 5 day cruises, USD 60 net per passenger in the 8 day cruise). These rates are subject to change without previous notice
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Tips and gratuities
Internet Wi-Fi
Personal Expenses
Any other service not mentioned herein


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