Summary : This is a journey that takes you into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin. Discover the Yasuni (Ecuador’s largest National Park), a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. Hike trails and 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
$2,743 to $3,430
Depart from Quito on a quick 30-minute flight to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana)—and transfer to the dock, where you will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour. Board your luxury Amazon ship. Throughout the journey you have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding the M/V Anakonda, you will continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of your 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 you the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
After a delicious breakfast, disembark on land for your first daylight up close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where you 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, you will navigate to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman, and anaconda. You 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.
Enjoy breakfast on board. Today you will visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.
Return to the ship for lunch and a moment to relax while you navigate upstream. A lecture and documentary screening will be offered, and if time permits, you will have a chance to learn about and make typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.
In the morning after breakfast onboard the ship, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, you will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.
In the afternoon, 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 you will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of flashlights. Return to the ship for dinner.
Before sunset, you will visit the Añangu Tower, which offers great photograph opportunities after climbing a ceibo tree and enjoy an astonishing view of the Amazon from its wooden tower. This is a great opportunity to do birdwatching activities. Weather permitting and as an optional excursion, 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). Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon, ends here, as you begin your trip back to Itaya. Your last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon, will enjoy a farewell cocktail with the staff.
In the morning, disembark your ship and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca. From there you will board your return 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.