Amazon Cruise Trip - AMC18
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.
DAY 1. WEDNESDAY: 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 ANAKONDA AMAZON CRUISE. 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 Anakonda, 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. THURSDAY: BORDER WITH PERU (THE HEART OF YASUNÍ)
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 Anakonda 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.
DAY 3. FRIDAY: MEETING THE COMMUNITY – ACTIVITIES ON BOARD – 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 Anakonda 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. SATURDAY: PARROT’S CLAY LICK – 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 Anakonda for dinner.
DAY 5. SUNDAY: POMPEYA – NAPO RIVER – YASUNÍ 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. MONDAY: 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. TUESDAY: YASUNÍ 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. WEDNESDAY: RETURN
In the morning, disembark the M/V Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride); flight to Quito.
Our program includes:
- Transportation to and from Coca airport and M/V Anakonda
- Accommodation on board
- Scheduled visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide.
- Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee and tea.
- All meals on board.
- Transportation to and from Coca airport and M/V Anakonda
- Price and Dates on application