Summary : Journey into the wild and untamed heart of the Amazon rainforest aboard a luxurious river cruise vessel. Discover the Yasuní (the largest of Ecuador’s continental National Parks), climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. Hike trails to learn about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
$2,196 to $2,743
Today you will depart from Qutio on a short 30-minute flight will take you to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), where you will meet your transfer to the dock. Embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour to board your Amazon river cruise. Throughout the journey you will have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding the M/V Anakonda, continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of the cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk will be organized after sunset, giving you the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
Continue navigating downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Seek out pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), you will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camp site. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails, then return to the ship for dinner.
Today you will set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia, known as Parrot Clay Licks. These unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, you will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon.
Later you 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.
After lunch, you will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Center, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels, and weather conditions).
Later, enjoy climbing a ceibo tree and taking in the astonishing view of the Amazon from its wooden tower. This is a great chance for birdwatching activities. Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon ends here. Then you will begin your trip back to Itaya. Yur last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon will culminate with farewell cocktail with the crew.
In the morning, you will disembark and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 hour ride), followed by a flight to Quito.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Enjoy camping in luxury on comfortable beds in fully sealed, above ground tents. The glamping experience includes a kayak excursion, gourmet meals, champagne, and hot showers. Possible locations include: Cocaya, Jatum Cocha, Huririma, and Sani. Your guide will determine the location based on the cruise, weather conditions, and position of the boat. In the evening, you will stay at the camp with a local guide and members of the crew. A special dinner will be served. In the morning, kayak along secret rivers to observe nature and wildlife. After a delicious breakfast, you will return to the M/V Anakonda. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for more details.
Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalist guide; unlimited water, coffee, and tea; all meals onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; transfers to and from airport in Quito; community entrance fees; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except water, coffee, and tea); tips and gratuities; Wi-Fi; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.