Manatee Amazon Explorer

The 90 foot long (27 m) 24 foot wide (7 m) “Manatee Amazon Explorer” riverboat has been specially built for cruises in the Ecuadorean rainforest, accommodating 30 guests in comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and running hot water, individual air conditioning, on board laundry service, large dining room, inviting bar and lounge area, panoramic terrace, delicious cuisine and the finest multilingual naturalist guides. In addition, it is equipped with two powerful 250 HP engines for a 12 knot output, two 60 kw generators for 110 and 220 V/60 cylces, Furuno GPS, deep sounder, radar, VHF, HF, satellite phone, video/cable and the highest safety standards, personable service and efficiency.

Manatee Amazon Explorer 5 Days from Monday - Friday

Day 01 – Monday: Quito – Coca, Manatee Amazon Explorer

Morning transfer to the airport and departure by plane from Quito to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), a centre of oil production, named in honour to the Spanish Conqueror who discovered the Amazon River in 1541. The Manatee will be waiting near this river port and guests reach it by motor canoe on the Napo River. Once aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer a thrilling adventure of exploring the tropical rain forest and its native communities will begin. The courteous crew will attend to your needs and the guides will introduce you to the surprising Amazon world, its people, more than 560 species of birds, and hundreds of botanical wonders. The Manatee sails along different ecosystems and important natural reserves such as the Yasuni National Park and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve. -/L/D

Day 02 – Tuesday: Terra Firme Forest, Lakes and Gorges

Morning disembarkation for a stroll on terra firme forest, towards an interior lagoon on the Yasuni National Park, observing the different ecosystems and accompanied by the Naturalist Guide. The excursion includes the opportunity to swim and fish for the famous piranha, time for rest and lunch. The return to the mighty Napo River is with a native canoe, rowing on a small black water creek or gorge. B/L/D

Day 03 - Wednesday: Parrots and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Early departure by motor canoe to visit a very special corner of the jungle, the clay banks of the river where different species of parrots gather daily to eat this clay that helps them digest the seeds they feed on, it is quite a sight, colorful and noisy! Then, back aboard the Manatee to sail upriver and reach one of the tributaries of the Napo to observe the flora and fauna, the surprising pigmy monkeys and then a trek to the installations of what was the Summer Institute of Linguistics of South America in Limoncocha, currently the only Biological Reserve of Ecuador. Upon reaching the Limoncocha Lake, we will board a canoe and travel along the banks of this marshy ecosystem, where over 470 species of birds have been recorded. There is a possibility to fish for piranha, and a short walk. At night, it is possible to observe the black caimans that inhabit the lagoon, quite an experience... Late return to the Manatee for dinner and overnight. B/L/D

Day 04 – Thursday: Culture / the Amazonian man / Giants of the Forest

The adventure today begins with a visit to the Museum of Pompeya, a small archaeology sample with Amazonian funeral urns that date back several centuries, as well as utensils and ways of life of the ancient denizens of the rain forest, which can still be seen today. We will also have the opportunity to see the giant tress of the Amazon, like the kapok, which rise over the forest canopy to more than 80 meters high, with huge roots. Guests can also try rowing the canoes on a tranquil tributary of the Napo River up to the house of a native family, to share a moment with them and learn their ways of life. B/L/D

Day 05 – Friday: Coca, flight back to Quito

While the Manatee navigates upriver, the guides wrap up our knowledge of the great Amazon region. Then transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito. The program end with the arrival in Quito. B/-/-

Please take note that the sequence of visits can change to meet climatic and/or operational reasons at the time of the tour.

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Manatee Amazon Explorer - What to Bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable walking shoes or tennis
  • Rubber boots and rain ponchos (provided on board as a courtesy)
  • Long pants, 3 or 4 lightweight (not jeans)
  • Long and short sleeved cotton shirts or blouses, 3 or 4
  • Windbreaker or sweater
  • Cotton socks, a pair per day
  • Shorts, 2 or 3
  • T-shirts, 3 or 4
  • Bathing suit
  • Cotton underwear
  • Hat or cap
  • Plastic water bottle
  • Suntan lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashing with extra batteries
  • Binoculars (available for rent)
  • Waterproof small backpack
  • Insect repellent
  • Cameras with high speed film
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Plastic bags for wet clothes

Prices 2018

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Services included in the price

Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
On board accommodations
Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalistic guide
Unlimited water, coffee and tea
All meals while on board

Not included in the price

Airfare Quito – Coca – Quito
Transfer’s to and from Quito’s airport
Community entrance fees (USD 60 per passenger in 4 and 5 day cruises, USD 70 per passenger in the 8 day cruise). These rates are subject to change without previous notice
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Tips and gratuities
Internet Wi-Fi
Personal Expenses
Any other service not mentioned herein

Ecuador Galapagos Travels
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