The Yasuní National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest, and the diverse Limoncocha Biological Reserve, await passengers embarking on this 5-day adventure.
We will climb an observation tower to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest, explore black water rivers and hike along trails, learning about the wonderful flora, fauna, and indigenous people that inhabit this part of the world.
Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.
DAY 1: MONDAY
Quito – Coca – Napo River
Departure from Quito in the morning, to board the flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), which arrives in Coca after 40 minutes.
From here, transfer to the Napo River port, where a motorized canoe will take you downstream for approximately one and a half hours; during the trip we will provide important information about the region.
Once on board the Manatee, we will start navigating down the Napo River.
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 mysteries of this unique environment and see how life emerges in the dark right before your eyes.
DAY 2: TUESDAY
Border of Peru (The Heart of Yasuní National Park)
This morning, after a delicious breakfast we will disembark to visit one of the local family homes. During the visit, we will have the opportunity of meeting representative members of the Amazonian community, learning from their culture, talents and ways of life. We will understand how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how they cherish the fragility of their ecosystem.
After lunch the Manatee continues navigation to one of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin. We take the canoes to explore the smaller tributaries to observe exotic plants, colorful birds and unique wildlife.
Some of the species we hope to see in this black water system include Pink River Dolphins, River Turtles, Black Caimans and the enigmatic Amazon Manatee. Moreover, the vegetation on the shores is home to Red Howler, Black Tamarind and Squirrel Monkeys, Three-toed Sloths, and the Hoatzin - a pre-historic,leaf-eating bird, known locally as 'Stinky Turkey'!
For our more adventurous guests, there is the opportunity to go Glamping for the night. Please enquire for more details.
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
Meeting The Community - Activities On Board - Monkey Island
This morning after 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.
In the afternoon, while the Manatee sails upstream, there is time to relax. There is plenty to do on board, though: our chef gives cooking lessons in Ecuadorian and Amazon cuisine; locals give classes in making fiber handicrafts; and the naturalist guides give lectures on a variety of Amazon-related topics such as culture, biodiversity, geography, the oil industry and sustainability.
Later, we will spend some time exploring one of the large islands, where many surprises of the primate variety can be found!
DAY 4: THURSDAY
Observation Tower - Limoncocha Biological Reserve
In the morning after breakfast, 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.
In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a beautiful and fascinating protected area home to more than 478 bird species as well as a variety of monkey species.
After nightfall, we go in search of Black Caiman, before returning to the Manatee for dinner.
DAY 5: FRIDAY
Amazon - Coca - Quito
Today we head back to the city of Coca, to take the morning flight back to Quito. The boat ride upstream will take around two hours.
- Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
- Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.