The Manatee Amazon Explorer riverboat has been specially built for cruises in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Its 14 cabins are equipped with air conditioning, 24-hour electricity, and private bathroom with hot water and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. Explore remote and pristine areas and interact with the region’s 15 local communities, while enjoying the comforts, commodities and services of a 5-star floating boutique hotel.

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Discover the beauty of the Amazon's amazing biodiversity as you venture out on jungle explorations with an English speaking guide.

Enjoy an abundance of wildlife encounters with the fascinating animals of the Amazon such as the legendary pink river dolphin and anaconda.

Walk through meandering trails and meet the sacred people of the Amazon forest with opportunities to learn about their unique lifestyles.

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Day by day Itinerary

Cruising the Ecuadorian Amazon

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Day 1

Quito - Coca

Fly from Quito to Coca and journey by motorised canoe down the Napo River to the vessel. Throughout the journey there is the chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding your ship, continue navigating downstream. An evening walk is organised after sunset to give the opportunity to discover the forest's nocturnal activity and listen to the sounds of nature. (D)

Day 2


Continue your navigation downstream to the Panayacu River delta and 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. Piranha Lake is an ecosystem flooded by white waters and the rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, as well as water monkey fish, and white caiman. Enjoy an Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails and return on board for dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3


The adventure today begins with a visit to the parrot lick, a great place to see many species of birds. Later visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Centre, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created a the centre in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles alon the Napo River. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Coca - Quito

In the morning, disembark your ship and transfer by motorised canoe to Coca Airport for your flight to Quito. (B)

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