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Visit two of the famous protected areas of eastern ECUADOR, the Yasuní National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Come and enjoy a unique journey along the lush upper Napo River, one of the tributaries of the great Amazon River. Come to explore one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems with its fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery. Come to experience the roar of howler monkeys, meet indigenous rainforest people and much more…
The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully-equipped and maintained in order to be able to cope with the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious officers, crew members and expedition staff. The canoes used for daily shore landings are rugged and versatile and are operated in a responsible manner by experienced personnel. Onboard you will be fully briefed on all pertinent safety issues as well as our environmental policy, and you will receive appropriate and detailed briefings before each landing.
The craft has 3 decks:
- On the main deck there is a dining area, kitchen, the crew’s cabins, and the engine room.
- The upper deck has 10 cabins including crew cabins. The sun deck holds the bridge deck, 4 cabins, the bar and lounge, and the exterior dining area.
- The Manatee Amazon Explorer is also equipped with a small fleet of motorized canoes. The canoes provide unlimited mobility and allow for the exploration of the most remote areas and inaccessible shores.
NOTE: 5 and 8 days tours also available on request. Please contact BFirst Travel
Departure from Quito in the morning, to board the flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), which arrives to Coca after a short 30-minute trip. Afterwards, there will be a transfer from the airport 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 AMAZON EXPLORER we will start navigating down the Napo River. Lunch will be served and later on we will stop at the Life Under Water Museum and will return onboard after a night walk, for dinner, everything will depend on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to the location.
Parrots' Clay Lick and Observation Tower
Breakfast will be served on board. Then our excursion to the Parrot’s Clay lick, a great place to see a lot of bird species. Back on board our lunch will be ready, and in the afternoon we will explore the Chaullacocha black water system, upon the river water level; we can access this wonderful system by walking or by paddling a canoe. Then an exploration of the lake shores looking for wild life, like turtles, herons, and caimans, and later in the day, a visit to the canopy tower, which is more than 30 meters high from which an impressive view of the forest can be seen from the top. From this view, we can appreciate the secrets of this vast ecosystem that cannot be seen from another angle. The tower has 200 steps that will be worth climbing to get to the end, where the most amazing view will be waiting for you. Return to the MANATEE at night, after searching for caimans on the lake of Chaullacocha.
We will continue our navigation downstream to arrive at the mouth of the Pañayacu (Piranha River). After arrival, there will be a canoe trip through the Piranha River to see the sights of this interesting protected forest. There is a possibility to observe Pink River Dolphins, the agile Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. The Piranha Lake area is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes of that place are perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caimans. After a refreshing swim in the Piranha Lake we will enjoy a delicious BBQ Amazon style and a cold drink at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will have an exploration walk, and later on, when we are back on board, we will have dinner and a brief lecture about the next day's program.
Early in the morning a visit to a native house and back to the boat the return to the city of Coca to take the afternoon flight back to Quito. The boat ride upstream will take around two hours; a lunch box will be served in route.