ANAKONDA 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY)
WEDNESDAY: 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.
THURSDAY: THE HEART OF THE YASUNI NATIONAL PARK (HOME OF THE LEGENDARY PINK RIVER DOLPHIN)
Early in the morning, we will visit Yasuni National Park. This is a pristine and relatively undisturbed region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Our guests will be pleased to learn that this is the home of the legendary Pink River Dolphin! In this area we can also find anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colorful Hoatzin, a unique bird that is known locally as the “Stinky Turkey”.
Later in the afternoon, we will go canoeing in a blackwater lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, albeit elusive manatee. We will also enjoy a pleasant hike in the Riparian/Gallery Forest, where we have the chance to spot a flock of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants by the “Giant Fig Tree”, a truly majestic tree that is home to an abundance of wildlife, much like the “Giant Kapok Tree”.
FRIDAY: QUECHUA FAMILY & CANOEING IN A BLACKWATER LAKE
We will start the day off by visiting an authentic Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will receive cultural immersion and the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.
We will then board the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises for lunch and some leisure time as we continue our journey upstream. At this time, our guests are invited to participate in a cooking class with our chef who will share recipes and techniques for preparing exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. Guests are also invited to try their hands at making traditional handicrafts.
SATURDAY: FOREST ADVENTURE & OBSERVATION CANOPY TOWER
Our guests can relax and enjoy the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises during the morning and disembark to explore the nearby forest for a walk to discover a myriad of different animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin.
In the afternoon, we will visit a canopy tower, built against a giant Kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin.
In the evening, we will bravely venture into the river on a canoe to search for black caimans with the help of our flashlights.
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 (a one-and-a-half-hour ride).
*For our passengers 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 4&7-nights Itinerary).
|Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
On board accommodations
Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalist guide
Unlimited water, coffee and tea
All meals while on board
|Airfare Quito/Guayaquil – Coca – Guayaquil/Quito
Transfer’s to and from Quito’s airport Community entrance fees.
These rates are subject to change without previous notice.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Tips and gratuities
Any other service not mentioned herein
We have fitted the largest panoramic windows, beautiful ample cabins and the most spectacular sun decks, to let all the light and the splendor of the Amazon in, into every living and breathing moment of your experience in this sacred land. Amazon cruises have never been so Amazonian. The Amazon rainforest tour has never looked so green.
Suites on the Anakonda Amazon Cruise are groundbreaking in every sense. For some reason, no one ever thought it possible, or even convenient, to bring all the perks of comfort to Amazon cruising in Ecuador. The Anakonda now does, offering fourteen comfortable standard suites (20 m2 / 215 ft2) that include ceiling-to-floor windows, access to a French balcony, and air conditioning, and four deluxe suites (24 m2 / 258 ft2 ) included the same amenities, but with a private balcony and whirlpool bath tub. Each room offers guests extraordinary views of the sights and spectacles of the Amazon. Although somewhat limited, Wifi access is available.
Social Areas :
The Anakonda Cruise Vessel is your portable hotel across the Amazon Basin, bringing unprecedented comforts and service to a remote, wild and exciting destination. Perks include a common reading room, a boutique store, a bar-salon, an al fresco lounge, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a solarium and an awe-inspiring observation deck and a main indoor dining hall.
All of them are conceived to make the vessel a veritable extension of each and every cabin or suite that makes up this once-in-a-lifetime Amazonian experience. Its capacity of a maximum of 40 passengers make the Anakonda Amazon Cruise an ideal size both for people seeking evasion and privacy, but also who those who enjoy making friends during their adventures.
¿ 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.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH:
Guests should be in good physical health in order to be able to make the most of their Amazon Cruise. Visiting the area involves the use of small motorized boats, and at times may possibly include some wet landings. The daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain, and getting in and out of the boats occasionally requires a degree of physical effort. Walking excursions and hikes may last up to one hour. Malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are not required for travelers coming into the region, but they are recommended.
Travelers on the M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise are strongly advised to purchase trip cancellation insurance, which will reimburse the cost of air tickets and other non-refundable trip payments. International medical, baggage loss, and delay insurance are also recommended. Unfortunately, if you miss the vessel because of a weather-related flight cancellation, we will not reimburse the cost of the reservation, since flight cancellations are beyond our control and we have to comply with our schedules.
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
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.