MANATEE FRIDAY TO MONDAY 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Join us on board and discover unforgettable experiences into the endless heart of biodiversity on a carefully – designed vessel set to explore this truly unique environment that offers Amazonian cultural immersion, as well as close encounters with wildlife and different ecosystems of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Our jungles walks, kayak adventures and swimming activities will strengthen your heart while your soul is enriched by the amazing cultures that take care of this land.
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS (Friday to Monday)
DAY 1 – FRIDAY: 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. SATURDAY: 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 Manatee Amazon Explorer, our guests will have the opportunity to attend a lecture given by our concierge and watch an educational documentary about the region.
DAY 3. SUNDAY: 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.
DAY 4 – MONDAY: 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)
NOTE: The foregoing itinerary is our standard operating model. We intend to offer everything as planned, and will make every effort to do so, however depending on technical, weather or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.
|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
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
All 14 cabins are exterior, with large windows
4 Deluxe cabins with jaccuzzi
10 Standard cabins All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with hot water.
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.
|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.|