MANATEE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
The equatorial climate is disconcerting, it is not hot. The tropical rains are copious and cool the environment until you need warm clothes at night. You have to wear good boots and a waterproof hat. The animals are difficult to photograph but they are easy to see. The naturalist guide is passionate about his profession. The sailors are very skillful avoiding the sandbars. Comfort and safety are always present within the limitations of a riverboat.
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (Monday to Friday)
DAY 1 – MONDAY: 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 Manatee Amazon Explorer and receive our welcome aboard.
Once we have settled into the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer, 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 passengers 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.
DAY 2 – TUESDAY: 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¨ .
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY: 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.
DAY 4. THURSDAY: FOREST ADVENTURE & OBSERVATION CANOPY TOWER
Our passengers can relax and enjoy the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer 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.
DAY 5 FRIDAY: RETURN
This is where our adventure ends! Enjoy the last part of our return journey onboard and then disembark the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer 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 camping program, which is an alternative manner to explore this enchanting destination. Contact us for more details! (Optional activity for the 4&7-nights Itinerary)
|Transfer In and Out from Coca’s airport to and from the M/V Manatee
On board Accommodation
Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalistic guide
Unlimited water, coffee and tea
All meals while on board
|Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito
Transfers to and from Quito’s airport
Communities entrances fees
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Tips and gratuities
Any other service not mentioned herein
Our boat has the capacity up to 30 guests accommodate 10 standard cabins and 4 suites that accommodate .
Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, closets, a private bathroom complete with a special shower massage.
Hot and cold water.
24-hour electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.
The Manatee Amazon Explorer is also equipped with a small fleet of motorized canoes. The canoes provide unlimited mobility and allow the exploration of the most remote areas and the inaccessible coasts. Our boat is comfortable and complies with the national and international navigation standards, as well as safety, protection and protection of the environment. We are certified by Smart Voyager and Rainforest Alliance, entities that guarantee the sustainability of our operations.
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.
The vessel features three decks:
- The MAIN DECK features a dining area, kitchen, the crew’s cabins, and the engine room.
- The UPPER DECK has 10 cabins including crew cabins.
- The SUN DECK houses the bridge, 4 cabins, the bar and lounge, and an outdoor dining area.
|REGISTERED IN:||Coca 2017|
|BEAM:||23 feets / 7 meters|
|MAXIMUM SPEED:||15.0 knots downstream|
|SPEED:||With the current, up to 15.0 knots|
|Against the current, between 5.0 to 8.0 knots|
|CAPACITY:||10 standard suites (2 triples) and 4 deluxe suites( own jaccuzzi at Deluxe suites)All with air conditioning system, private balcony, ceiling to floor windows, hair dryer,safety box.|
|CREW MEMBERS:||10, including a cruise manager, English-speaking naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain,and crew members.|
|COMMUNICATION DEVICES:||Telephone, HF and VHF radio.Satellite internet.|