ANAKONDA 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury boat in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. It was built to make the Amazon experience a complete adventure. Its eighteen suites have ergonomic seating areas, spacious and comfortable cabins and panoramic windows to feel the vastness of the jungle throughout your experience on board. The boat is complemented by a large observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi and a dining room and al fresco bar; ideal for cocktails, moments of relaxation, reading, romantic dinners or simply to enjoy the fabulous view on the shores of the virgin forest. We also have 3 canoes to transport guests to activities and excursions on land, plus ten kayaks, hammocks, an experienced,pleasant crew and naturalist guides. All this makes the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise an unforgettable, exciting and exclusive travel and adventure gift.
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS SUNDAY – SUNDAY
SUNDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER
Our adventure begins in the city of Quito, Capital of Ecuador. After taking a short 30- minute flight from Quito to the Amazon city of Coca, located in the Province of San Francisco de Orellana, we will transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe to begin our journey down the river for approximately an hour and a half, taking in the first sights and sounds of the Amazon. Soon, we will reach the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises and receive our welcome aboard.
Once we have settled into the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises, we will be joined by expert local naturalist guides who will provide us with a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, after which guests will have their first opportunity to discover the exciting features of our cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows us to admire the changing rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River.
After dinner, we will plunge straight into the Amazon by going for a nighttime forest walk to observe the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that come from so much biodiversity.
MONDAY: PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR
We continue to travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, where we will take a canoe trip to experience the sights of this fascinating water reserve. Pañacocha Lake is an ecosystem flooded by blackwaters. Pañacocha means “Piranha Lake” in the native Quechua language. The surrounding protected Rainforest is home to 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 fish species. This is the perfect habitat for Piranhas, the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and the White Caiman.
In this little piece of paradise, we will participate in nature walks led by our local naturalist guides, and relax at a nearby campsite where we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and refreshing beverages.
After lunch, we will do some kayaking, and the bravest among us will enjoy a nice refreshing swim in the Piranha Lake! We promise it’s not as dangerous as it sounds!
Back on board the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises, our guests will have the opportunity to attend a lecture given by our concierge and watch an educational documentary about the region.
TUESDAY: PARROT CLAY LICKS – AMAZONIAN COMMUNITIES & OBSERVATION TOWER
This morning, we will 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, every day.
Later, we will visit a Quechua Cultural Center, where we will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach us about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River and we will have the opportunity to support the local community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs.
Before sunset, we will visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin and is the perfect photo opportunity! Birdwatchers and bird-lovers alike will especially enjoy this outing.
This is where our adventure ends! Enjoy the last part of our return journey onboard and then disembark the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises to take the motorized canoe back to Coca (one-and-a-half-hour ride).
*For our guests with a more adventurous inclination, we are pleased to offer a glamping program, which is an alternative manner to explore this enchanting destination. Contact us for more details! (Optional activity for the 5 & 8 days Itinerary).
|Transfers to/from vessel when arriving
On recommended flights
On board accommodations
Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified
Unlimited water, coffee and tea
All meals while on board
|Airfare Quito/Guayaquil – Coca – Quito/Guayaquil
Transfers to and from Quito’s airport
Community entrance fees These rates are subject to Change without previous notice.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic
Tips and gratuities
Any other service not mentioned in here
What to Expect
Ecuador’s currency is the U.S dollar, which avoids the headache of currency conversion and exchange rates for Americans… and is quite user-friendly for Europeans as well.
ATMs are found in most major cities and in many towns (where there is at least a bank). All US dollar bills and coins are accepted (including the Sacajawea dollar coin), but there are also 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins made locally (which, conversely, are not accepted anywhere else but in Ecuador). Most stores are always fetching for ‘change’ (sueltos), so think about bringing enough coins and one dollar bills, or change when you can, because 50 or 100 dollar bills can be refused in certain places, especially rural towns.
English is the most common foreign language people can communicate with visitors in, especially within the tourism industry. Much less so, German and French, for which you may want to think of hiring a special guide. Other languages need some level of interpretation.
The fact that Ecuador is in Latin America doesn’t mean you need only warm weather clothing. The highlands get chilly, especially at night (when visiting the Amazon, you still have at least an overnight in Quito). The Amazon is warm and humid, but strong breezes and rain make it wise to bring a light sweater or raincoat.
Getting around in Ecuador has become easier as highways have been impressively revamped. There is no full service train to different cities (although the enjoyable Quito to Guayaquil train, recently refurbished, is an interesting tourism attraction). One can travel by car (taxis aren’t excessively expensive), by bus (by far the cheapest way to travel, but very time-consuming), or plane between major Ecuadorian cities, to both the coast and the Amazon.
People are friendly and humble throughout Ecuador. Like any major city, there is petty crime in certain parts of town, but if you stick to the important visitor sites, there should be no problem.
There are virtually no tourism visa requirements to visit Ecuador.
MEDICINE AND HEALTH:
It is necessary that customers enjoy good physical health to enjoy this Amazon cruise. Visit sites are accessed on small motorized vessels, and possibly include wet landings. Irregular terrain may be present during hiking and nature excursions. Therefore, embarking and disembarking sometimes requires a certain degree of physical effort. The walks can last up to an hour. Travelers do not require vaccines against yellow fever or malaria, although they are recommended.
The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise M / V requires 30 days notice in advance if passengers require specific dietary modifications. Every effort will be made to meet these needs, as long as the products are available in Ecuador.
We advise travelers to take out travel cancellation insurance, in order to reimburse the cost of airline tickets and other expenses incurred during travel reservations, in the case of unexpected cancellations. International medical insurance, baggage loss insurance, and airline delay insurance are also recommended. Unfortunately, refunds do not apply if one loses the cruise because of weather or cancellation of a flight. The cancellation of a flight is beyond our control and to maintain proper operating standards we must adhere to the itinerary.
EMBARKATION OF REPLACEMENT:
M / V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise reserves the right to substitute the cruise ship when required (for example, for reasons of force majeure or mechanical failure). In case the travelers do not agree with the modification, M / V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise reserves the right to cancel the trip, offering a proportional refund for cruise and per night not used, or in default, credit for a future Cruise aboard the M / V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise.
Terms & Conditions
FIT RESERVATION POLICIES
A reservation is valid only when Advantage Travel returns a written confirmation to the client.
Once the reservation is confirmed, the client has a time limit of 4 business days to send a deposit of 30% of the total invoice to Ecuador Travel Online to hold and guarantee the reservation.
Our reservations system automatically eliminates all reservations that don´t have a deposit registered after the time limit specified above. Ecuador Travel Online requires full payment 90 days prior the cruise.
FIT CANCELLATION POLICIES
CONFIRMATION DATE – 91 DAYS PRIOR DEPARTURE: All deposits are non-refundable
90 – 00 DAYS PRIOR DEPARTURE: Full payment will be applied as the cancellation fee.
* In the event of cancellations, wire fees and credit card commissions will be deducted when calculating refunds.
Deck Plan / Technichal Specifications
Port of Embarkation:
Type of Vessel:
River Expedition Vessel
148 feet / 45m
30 feet / 9m
5 feet / 1.5m
110 / 220 volts
2 John Deere 435 HP Marine Engines
2 x 80 KVA John Deere
(Encapsulated for noise reduction)
10000 -liter water treatment plant
GPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy, Radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, sprinklers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board.
Three fiberglass ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the main vessel. Each canoe has a capacity of 30 passengers.
20, including a purser, paramedic, 4 English-speaking naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain, concierge and crew members.
Up to 40 passengers with private facilities
4 Deluxe Suites with balconies
14 Standard Suites (4 interconnected)
– All outside-facing with large panoramic windows
– All in-suite sitting areas
– All with air conditioning system
Full sized beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed.
Bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries.
Hot water available 24-hours.
Bar-Lounge / Conference room
Indoor Dining Room
Outside Lounge with “al fresco” dining facilities
Spacious sundeck with two outdoor Jacuzzis and lazy chairs