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Manatee Amazon River Boat Ecuador

4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,167

DELUXE | CRUISE: Manatee Amazon Explorer offers all the necessary comforts while still being an exciting jungle adventure. Your guides share their wealth of knowledge about the Amazon’s tropical rainforest.

Spend 4, 5 or 8 days cruising the Amazon on the fully equipped Manatee Amazon Explorer, with its expert crew ensuring you enjoy a comfortable and enriching journey.

See the many bird species of Parrot Clay lick and look for turtles, caymans and other wildlife along the banks of the Chaullacocha black water system. Go on to the mouth of the PiranhaRiver, home to many more species than just the infamous namesake fish. You may spot Pink River Dolphins, Squirrel Monkeys or Water Monkey Fish, before enjoying a delicious Amazon style BBQ and a walk through the rainforest.


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4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,167

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Day 1

Quito to Coca to the Napo River

Upon arrival to Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, you will be greeted by representatives of the M/V Manatee who will assist with check-in. After a short flight from Quito to the Amazon city of Coca, you will be transferred to the dock to board motorized canoes and begin a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in your first sights and sounds of the Amazon. Soon, you will reach the M/V Manatee and enjoy a warm welcome aboard. Once settled, join expert local naturalist guides for a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, and then relish your first opportunity to discover the exciting features of the vessel: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that allows you to admire the changing rainforest landscape as you glide down the Napo River. After dinner, plunge straight into the Amazon rainforest on a nighttime forest walk to observe the forest's nocturnal activity and experience the thrilling noises and aromas that come from so much biodiversity.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights

Manatee Amazon Explorer

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    Manatee Amazon Explorer

    The NEW, more luxurious Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The vessel has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in …

    The NEW, more luxurious Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The vessel has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in double, double-twin and single-twin cabins. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, closets, a private bathroom complete with a special shower massage, hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Private Bathroom
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Yasuni National Park, Pink River Dolphins & the Secoya Community

After a delicious breakfast, set out on a motorized canoe to spend some time exploring one of the large islands with an aim to spot eagles, oropendolas, woodpeckers, and many other birds. Back aboard for lunch and spectacular onboard experiences like watching the changing scenery of the Amazon from a hot tub, a delicious cocktail at the bar and lounge, or admiring the incredible landscapes from the observation deck. Later in the afternoon, visit Yasuní National Park, a pristine and relatively undisturbed region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the home of the legendary pink river dolphin, and the area is also host to anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird that is known locally as the stinky turkey. Near Yasuní live the Secoyas, a minority community that you will have the opportunity to visit.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Kichwa Family & Life on Board

The day starts with a visit to a local Kichwa family located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. Following some leisure time as the vessel navigates upstream, participate in a cooking lesson with the ships expert chef who will share recipes and techniques using fresh and organic ingredients to prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. After lunch, you are invited to try your hand at making traditional handicrafts and attend an ancestral cultures lecture with one of the M/V Manatee's local guides. For a more active adventure, a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the surrounding nature. There is an option for everyone!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Observation Canopy Tour & Forest Adventure

Relax and enjoy the sounds of the river during the morning. Later, disembark to visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers astonishing 360-degree vistas. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin. This is the perfect photo opportunity! Birdwatchers will especially enjoy this outing. In the afternoon, explore the nearby forest for a walk to discover myriad animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin. A kayak activity is also available to explore this area. Back on board the M/V Manatee, get set for a delightful farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Amazon to Coca to Quito

This is where your Amazonian adventure ends! Soak in the last leg of your journey onboard the M/V Manatee and then disembark onto motorized canoes which will return you to Coca (a 90-minute ride approximately). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the airport where you will board an outbound flight to Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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4 Day: Every Friday
5 Day: Every Monday
8 Day: Every Monday & Friday


  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Round-trip domestic flights between Quito and Coca
  • Small group touring throughout cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily


  • Travel insurance
  • International  airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport & vaccination costs
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees
  • Communities Entrance Fee (approx USD 50)


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

11 Dec 2023
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