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M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer - Napo River, Ecuador

 
Itineraries - M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer

Effective Starting 2014:

|  8-Days / 7-Nights Monday-to-Monday  |

|  8-Days / 7-Nights Friday-to-Friday  |

5-Days / 4-Nights Monday-to-Friday  |

|  4-Days / 3-Nights Friday-to-Monday  |
 

Exploring the Amazon

This is a journey that takes us into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin

As detailed below, the very nature of this jungle realm teaches us that the best way to explore it is through a unique means of transportation: by navigating down the river on a fabulous, state-of-the-art vessel set to explore this truly unique environment.

The inspiring adventure will provide many unexpected, astonishing encounters. We will discover the Yasuní (the largest of Ecuador’s continental National Parks), a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. We will climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. We will hike trails learning about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.
 


8-Days / 7-Nights Itinerary 
- Monday to Monday
Effective Starting 2014:



Day-1 - Monday:
Quito - Coca - Napo River

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 ˝ hour, to board the M.V. Manatee Amazon Cruise vessel.  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 - Tuesday:
Peruvian Border (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 - Wednesday:
Meeting the Community - Activities Onboard - 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 - Thursday:
Parrot's Clay Licks –
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 - Friday:
Pompeya and Napo River at Yasuni National Park

In the morning, we visit the CICAME Ethnographic Museum to get to know and
understand the human component of the Ecuadorian Amazon, especially that of the Huaorani culture, a reclusive jungle tribe that was only contacted by modern civilization in the late 1950s.  The museum is run by Laurite nuns from Colombia, who in the 1960s began cooperating with the Capuchin monks that explored the Rio Napo to work and help the natives of the area.  Lunch on board. 

In the afternoon, we navigate to a new visitor site, during which time we will continue admiring the surrounding jungle landscape. Sunsets in the Amazon Basin are majestic and depending on the weather conditions, we will be able to take a canoe ride down a jungle stream to discover more of this fascinating natural realm. After dinner, we can also organize an evening walk inside the forest. 
 

Day-6 - Saturday:
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-7 - Sunday:
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-8 - Monday:
Returning Home

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

NOTE: The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

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8-Days / 7-Nights Itinerary 
- Friday to Friday
Effective Starting 2014:

Day-1 - Friday:
Quito - Coca - Napo River

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 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 - Saturday:
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 - Sunday:
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 - Monday:
Pompeya - Napo River - Yasuni National Park

In the morning, we visit the CICAME Ethnographic Museum to get to know and
understand the human component of the Ecuadorian Amazon, especially that of the Huaorani culture, a reclusive jungle tribe that was only contacted by modern civilization in the late 1950s.  The museum is run by Laurite nuns from Colombia, who in the 1960s began cooperating with the Capuchin monks that explored the Rio Napo to work and help the natives of the area. Lunch on board. 

In the afternoon, we navigate to a new visitor site, during which time we will continue admiring the surrounding jungle landscape.  Sunsets in the Amazon Basin are majestic and depending on the weather conditions, we will be able to take a canoe ride down a jungle stream to discover more of this fascinating natural realm. After dinner, we can also organize an evening walk inside the forest. 
 

Day-5 - Tuesday:
Peruvian Border (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-6 - Wednesday:
Meeting the Community - Activities Onboard - 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-7 - Thursday:
Parrot's Clay Licks – 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-8 Friday:
Returning Home

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

NOTE: The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer  reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

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5-Days / 4-Nights 
- Monday to Friday

Effective Starting 2014:

 

Day-1 - Monday:
Quito - Coca - Napo River

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 ˝ hour, to board the M.V. Manatee Amazon Cruise Vessel.  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 - Tuesday:
Peruvian Border (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 - Wednesday:
Meeting the Community - Activities Onboard - 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 - Thursday:
Parrot's Clay Licks –
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 - Friday:
Returning Home

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

NOTE: The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer  reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

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4-Days / 3-Nights 
- Friday to Monday
Effective Starting 2014:

 

Day-1 - Friday:
Quito - Coca - Napo River

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 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 - Saturday:
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 - Sunday:
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 - Monday:
Returning Home

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

NOTE: The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer  reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

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Programs Include:

  • Transportation from the airport to the Manatee Amazon Explorer
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Guided excursions
  • River and lagoon exploration
  • Swimming
  • Bird watching
  • Rainforest hikes
  • Visits to local communities
  • Informative talks and conferences
     

Programs Do Not Include:

  • Airfare Quito – Coca – Quito
  • Community visits fee
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned herein
     

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Map - M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer - Napo River, Ecuador
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