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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

Ecuador's original Amazon cruise experience, exploring the Yasuni National Park, in affordable comfort

Boasting over 20 years' experience in Amazon riverboat cruises in Ecuador, the exclusively-designed Manatee Amazon Explorer offers all the necessary creature comforts while still being an exciting jungle adventure.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer offers itineraries of 4, 5, and when combined, 8 days, to accommodate all budgets and timescales. With so much to discover in the Ecuadorean Amazon, even an 8-day journey will seem too short.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer operates in the upper basins of the Napo and Aguarico Rivers, around Limoncocha Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park, Ecuador’s largest protected animal reserve. Here, the devoted, highly-knowledgeable guides come into their own, as they willingly share their wealth of information about the Amazon's tropical rainforest. The exciting itineraries are carried out with a heartfelt commitment to the communities and nature of the Amazon, and the variety of excursions is ample and compelling. 

One such excursion is the option for passengers on the longer itineraries to spend a night camping glamourously (glamping) in the jungle in luxury tents, with comfortable beds, charming rustic furniture and superior service, including gourmet meals, champagne and even hot showers. Although incurring an additional cost, this exclusive and unusual experience is highly recommended. 

If you choose not to dine in the jungle, the Manatee Amazon Explorer has interior and exterior dining areas that are located on the Main Deck and Sun Deck respectively. The on board chefs prepare a spectacular variety of both national and international cuisine. The Sun Deck also houses the well-stocked bar and conference room. The conference room has a flat-screen television, projector and comfortable seating, and it is here where your naturalist guides will give informative talks and detail the following day’s activities. This room also has a computer lounge with internet service (be warned it is very slow!), as well as a small library.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer also carries one and two-man kayaks for use by guests, on occasion. No previous experience is necessary and this is a great way to get close to the wildlife on the riverbanks, and it is also great fun!

What people are saying about the Manatee

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Thank you for organising such a wonderful holiday for us. The Napo River trip was very special, especially seeing the pink freshwater dolphins and also the children in the little school. It all just got better and better as the time went by!
— Philippa Seldon, Herts, UK
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Just thought I would let you know we had a wonderful time on the Manatee. It was a great way to see the Amazon. This was the first time to South America for all four of us and it was an amazing experience. You were great to work with.
— Lyn Tobias & Family, Christiansburg, VA

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About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises and tours, providing you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Panama. As South American travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.


Geri Daniel loved her vacation with Rainforest Cruises.
We had an absolutely fabulous time on the cruise. Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime.
— Geri Daniel, Austin, TX
The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
We had a wonderful time. We were all impressed with the efficiency and organization of the trip from start to finish.
— Jeanette Johannson & Family, USA