Manatee Amazon Explorer
Categories: Low, First Class, Regular, Medium, Coca & Yasuni, $200 to $299, Cruises, Other
Manatee Amazon Explorer
Starting At: $1002 USD
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Fitness: Low - Medium
Length: 4 - 5 Days
Places: Napo River - Ecuador
Users Rating 5 from 5 ratings

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Exploring the Amazon Basin can be approached in many ways, but probably the best approach is to do it all! Doesn’t that sound inviting? The Manatee Amazon Explorer provides a comprehensive & flexible navigation adventure that takes visitors to many different visitor sites within the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin —visitor sites that you would forcibly be unable to visit if you stayed only in one place, the most notorious differences between us and ecolodges in the area.

Manatee Amazon Explorer Highlights

That fact becomes even more attractive when taking into account first-rate guides, the variety of excursions and itineraries and an excellent service all providing a pampering, relaxing vacation for the most demanding guests, that we couple with a heartfelt commitment to the communities and nature of the Amazon, all found aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer.

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Manatee Cruise Details

 

Papallacta hot springs - standard rooms

Twin cabins (10 cabins)

Papallacta hot springs - suite rooms

Double cabins (2 cabins)

Papallacta hot springs - whirlpool rooms

Triple cabins (2 cabins)

The Manatee Amazon Explorer has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in 14 charming double, double-twin and single-twin cabins. 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.

Deck Plan & Itinerary Map

Manatee Cruise Features

Manatee Cruise Features

Amazon Turtles

Yasuni National Park

How many conditions –climatic, geological, environmental, evolutionary –must coincide in order to make a single park become the most biodiverse corner of our planet? Scientists still don’t know how to answer this question… they are mostly trying to assess the overwhelming complexities of species variation within the fabulous Yasuní National Park. Recent studies have proven the Yasuní to have uncanny locally high numbers of species diversity, and in terms of birds, mammals, amphibians and trees, there is little to no competition… in the entire planet! The eleven species of monkeys, 6 species of jungle cats, and a record-breaking 117 bats, couple with the almost 600 birds species enough to baffle the mind.

Fauna In The Amazon

The Napo and Aguarico basins are marked within Ecuadorian territory and the world’s, most important biodiversity locations. There are well over 550 bird species, 30% of all of Ecuador’s birds. In terms of fish species, these areas possess one of the most numerous groups at a global level with around 630 species (more than the entire Atlantic Ocean). Finally, over 200 reptile and amphibian species have been recorded in the region. There is not enough information about the insects, but the number must range in the thousands.

Glamping

Amazonia couldn’t miss out on glamping, the new craze in luxury adventure! camps fully sealed and above ground on wooden platforms, equipped with comfortable beds, charming rustic furniture, and excellent service. Guests will be able to enjoy gourmet meals, champagne and hot showers in our tented area after exciting nature walks in the most riveting of natural environments of primary rainforest. You may choose between four different camp sites (Cocaya, Jatum Cocha Yasuni, Huririma and Sani), where you can enjoy and explore the beautiful surroundings and amazing biodiversity of plants and animals. In the evening, local guides will tell exciting tales on life in the jungle, after a delicious breakfast, board the Manatee Amazon Explorer.

Manatee Cruise Itineraries 2017

Day 1 - Quito-Coca-Napo River - Yasuni Park

Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.


Day 2 - Sani Warmi-Observation Tower

We will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.

In the afternoon, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.


Day 3 - Yasuni National Park-Yakukawsay

Breakfast on board. During this special walk within the Yasuni National Park, we will seek out the secret to Amazonia’s amazing biodiversity. Our expert naturalist guides will lead us through this veritable Garden of Eden, telling us about the wonders of the floral and faunal communities that make it so special…

After lunch, we will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).


Day 4 - Return

In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 ½ hour ride); flight to Quito.

Day 1 - Quito-Coca-Napo River - Yasuni Park

Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.


Day 2 - Border With Peru (The Heart of Yasuni)

After a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn. After lunch, the M/V Manatee navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as “the Stinky Turkey”. The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.

For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program.


Day 3 - Community-Activtities On Board-Island Exploration

Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.

We return on board the M/V Manatee for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.


Day 4 - Parrot's Clay Lick-Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Breakfast on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, we will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon. We will also visit a small community arts and crafts shop, an excellent place to find souvenirs to take back.

In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Manatee for dinner.


Day 5 - Return

In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 ½ hour ride); flight to Quito.

Manatee Cruise Rates 2017

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Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS
 
 
Accommodation
 

All meals, water, coffee & tea

 
All activities as listed
 
Transport Coca-Cruise-Coca
 
Certified naturalist guide
 
Canoe rides in the surroundings
 
Use of cruise facilities

EXCLUSIONS
 
 
Round flight (Quito-Coca-Quito)
 
Alcoholic & soft drinks
 
Private naturalist guide
 
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)
 
Satelite Wi-Fi access (only when boat is docked)
 
Community & park entrance fees
 
Transfer (hotel-airport-hotel)

 

Child Discount: Approx 50%
Considered Child: Under the Age of 12
Children Accommodation: Double or Triple

All Cabins – 4 Days: $478 per child
All Cabins – 5 Days: $598 per child
All Cabins – 8 Days: $956 per child

Terms & Conditions

The above Terms & Conditions/Policies do not represent to a full extent all the terms & conditions by the Lodge, the most important and relevant clauses have been listed as a guideline, and are enforced by the tour operator to GreenGo Travel as your acting travel agent and subsequently to the end customer. In cases such as the initial percentage of payment required, the amount of days prior to cover the final balance & cancellation fees will be subject to our terms and conditions. A higher/lower initial payment, and additional time may be required to process your reservation.

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