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8-Day M/V AnaKonda Amazon Cruise
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Product Code: 4510-218524
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • This is a journey that takes us into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin
  • • Discover the Yasuní (the largest of Ecuador’s continental National Parks)
Tour Code
4510-218524
Duration
8 hours
Departure City
Quito
End City
Quito
Tour Type:
Cruise
Language:
English, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Wildlife, Marine, Cultural, Nature

Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours; Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Deluxe

High quality service, meals, private transfers and/or accommodation

Itinerary
Day 01
Ecuadorian Amazon

Quito - Coca - Napo River

Hotel: M/V AnaKonda Amazon Explorer or similar

Today we'll depart from Quito's airport on a 30 minute flight to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana).

From here we'll transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V Anakonda Amazon Explorer. 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'll 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.


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What to Expect
This is a journey that takes us into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin.

As detailed below, the very nature of this jungle realm teaches us that the best way to explore it is through a unique means of transportation: by navigating down the river on a fabulous, state-of-the-art vessel set to explore this truly unique environment.

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Ecuadorian Amazon

Rainforest Walk

After a delicious breakfast, we'll 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 will navigate 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.

For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Ecuadorian Amazon

Meeting the community - Activities on board - Island exploration

After breakfast we'll 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'll 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Ecuadorian Amazon

Observation tower - Limoncocha biological reserve

In the morning after breakfast, we'll 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 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Ecuadorian Amazon

Indillama & Napo river – Yasuní national park

Today you'll have the option to kayak trough one of the Napo River’s effluents that goes into the Yasuni National Park, the Indillama River. Great excursions for wildlife observation, kayaks are great silent vehicles to flow down river.

Or you can choose to go in a canoe ride in search of more wildlife through the Napo River. It’s up to you!

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Ecuadorian Amazon

Visiting the Pañacocha biological corridor

We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman.

After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Ecuadorian Amazon

Parrots’ clay licks - Sani warmi & Yasuni national park

After breakfast we'll set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazon. 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.

Later 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.

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).

Visiting Attractions

Day 08

Coca - Quito

In the morning, we'll disembark the M/V AnaKonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 ½ hour ride).

Afterwards, we'll transfer you to the airport for you flight back to Quito.

Tips:
NOTE: The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
  • 7-Night Onboard accommodations
  • Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalist guide
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea
  • All meals while on board

Package Excludes

  • Airfare Quito – Coca – Quito
  • Transfer’s to and from Quito’s airport
  • Community entrance fees USD 70.00 net per person These rates are subject to change without previous notice.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Internet Wi-Fi
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned herein
Special Notes
  • Guests should be in good physical health in order to be able to make the most of their Amazon Cruise. Visiting the area involves the use of small motorized boats, and at times may possibly include some wet landings. The daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain, and getting in and out of the boats occasionally requires a degree of physical effort. Walking excursions and hikes may last up to one hour. Malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are not required for travelers coming into the region, but they are recommended.
  • International medical, baggage loss, and delay insurance are also recommended. Unfortunately, if you miss the vessel because of a weather-related flight cancellation, we will not reimburse the cost of the reservation, since flight cancellations are beyond our control and we have to comply with our schedules.
  • Some of the visits programmed on the different itineraries are within protected areas, and visitors are required to comply with local rules and regulations. Naturalist guides will inform passengers of these rules. M/V Anadkonda Amazon Explorer, represented by its onboard guide, reserves the right to deny any passenger disembarkation for visits should any of these regulations are ignored or violated.
  • M/V Anakonda Amazon Explorer requires written notification 30 days prior to the cruise with regards to any travelers’ specific dietary needs. Every effort will be made to cater to special dietary needs, and to accommodate special requests, subject to a given products’ availability in Ecuador.
  • PACKING LIST
    Passport (and a color copy)
    Comfortable walking or tennis shoes
    Walking stick (optional)
    Several lightweight pants (more than two)
    DON’T BRING JEANS!
    3 or so long and short-sleeved shirts or blouses
    Vests with pockets are useful for carrying camera equipment and other accessories.
    A windbreaker or sweater for breezy afternoons on deck
    Waterproof cotton socks
    Small, sturdy umbrella – 1
    Bathing suit
    Hat or cap
    Plastic bottle for water
    Sunscreen lotion
    Sunglasses
    A flashlight and extra batteries
    Binoculars (available on board as a rental item)
    Small waterproof backpack (available on board for purchasing)
    Insect repellent
    Camera and extra batteries, enough film and memory cards
    Personal first-aid kit
    Plastic bags for storing wet clothing
    Cash – also accepted credit cards on board
  • DO’S & DON’T’S
    Try avoiding bright colored or white wear, so as not to distract (or frighten) certain animals. The more camouflaged you dress the better!

    Make sure your electronic equipment is at least somewhat waterproof or packed in a waterproof bag or pouch, especially if you plan to use it in the field during excursions.

    Try and refrain from speaking loudly when on forest trails or canoe trips.

    Try and be as quiet and cautious as possible.

    Watch your step and follow the group. Don’t try to get ahead of the guide or tour leader, and don’t lag too far behind.

    Always tell your guide if you see something and don’t hesitate to ask questions. That’s what we are here for!

    Don’t litter! Bring a backpack or plastic bag in which you can discard plastic, wrappers, paper, or other synthetic waste.

    Don’t believe how others have depicted the Amazon Basin in the past! Trust us, we have decades of experience showing people of every walk of life the wonders of the Amazon. We are here with you to not only show you around, but take care of you and make you feel at home!

    Take advantage of as many outings as possible… the adventure lies ‘out there’. We guarantee that, given the right conditions, every outing we have chosen on our itinerary is fit to offer unique, astounding experiences… but many factors may influence just how spectacular each outing will be. Don’t be discouraged… we guarantee that our itineraries are designed to bring our guests unforgettable, life-changing experiences.

    If you have physical limitations or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask our guides if trails and activities are right for you. Most activities don’t require excessive effort, but please let us know when you are feeling uncomfortable during an outing, or would like to know more about difficulties you may encounter on an outing once you have been explained what it entails.

    Don’t hesitate to express your interests to our staff! It is important to us that you make this adventure, your adventure. We have the ability to offer a certain level of flexibility in terms of the alternatives to our daily activities. Although it is not always possible, we will do what we can to personalize your Amazon cruise experience.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • David Gantt

    David Gantt

    06/20/2016

    Thank you for a wonderful experience on May 11 to May 15. The staff went beyond my expectations in trying to glue together a suitcase that had been cracked earlier in my travels. They clearly tried and were successful in helping me get my b...elongings back home in my damaged suitcase. I wanted to commend your staff for taking extra time to help me out. I would highly recommend your cruise. Thanks again. Read full review

  • Andrew Hunter

    Andrew Hunter

    05/27/2016

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the this last week. Thank you to all your Staff

  • Stehen Schjulz

    Stehen Schjulz

    05/25/2016

    The whole trip was excellent! Thanks you for the experience and the passion you brought to it!

  • Helen Law

    Helen Law

    05/25/2016

    Fabulous cruise. Saw so much wildlife of birds. Thanks to our knowledge guides, Avel and Dany. All the staff were very friendly and attended to all our needs. Thanks so much!

  • Clem Gruen

    Clem Gruen

    05/18/2016

    All the staff were fantastic, helpful and very caring.

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