ANAKONDA 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS W-W
Amazon cruises The depths of the Amazon, some 30 years ago, were feared by most mortals. We know now, however, that they have been -and still are- simply deeply misunderstood. The fantasies of impenetrable tangles filled with monstrous insects, flesh-eating fish, snakes large enough to devour a man and long-lost barbaric tribes ready to spear intruders that revolve around these sanctuaries of natural life and biodiversity; are only as real as an unadventurous mind believes them to be.
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS ITINERARY (WEDNESDAY – WEDNESDAY)
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 BLACK WATER 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 passengers 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.
SUNDAY: INDILLAMA & NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK
We will begin the day kayaking along the Indillama River, one of the Napo River’s tributaries, which leads us into Yasuni National Park. Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife. Canoes can also be used to travel in search of more wildlife. The choice is yours! In these waters, you will find yourself surrounded by lush greenery.
After an adventure-filled day, you may choose to take advantage of our observation deck where you can relax and experience a magical view under the stars.
Our more energetic guests may choose to unwind with a night walk through the jungle to observe nocturnal creatures.
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 (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 – Coca – 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
All 18 suites have an exterior view with panoramic windows
4 Deluxe Suites with Balcony
14 Standard Suites with full-size beds that can be converted into queen-size beds
All suites have a private bathroom with hot water and air conditioning
This itinerary we offer from Wednesday to Wednesday or also from Sunday to Sunday
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 5 business days to send a deposit of 20% of the total invoice to Advantage Travel 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. Advantage Travel requires full payment 60 days prior the cruise.
FIT CANCELLATION POLICIES
CONFIRMATION DATE – 61 DAYS PRIOR DEPARTURE: All deposits are non-refundable
60 – 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.
VISITS TO THE AMAZON COMMUNITIES:
Some of the visits programmed on the different itineraries are within protected areas, and visitors are required to comply with local rules and regulations. Naturalist guides will inform passengers of these rules. M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, represented by its onboard guide, reserves the right to deny any passenger disembarkation for visits should any of these regulations are ignored or violated.
M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise requires written notification 30 days prior to the cruise with regards to any travelers’ specific dietary needs. Every effort will be made to cater to special dietary needs, and to accommodate special requests, subject to a given products’ availability in Ecuador.
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