Day 1: Travel to the Amazon
Depart from Quito at 11am, flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), arriving at around 12pm. Transfer to the Napo River port then the motorized canoe ride downstream will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Once aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer, we will start navigating downstream. The courteous crew will attend to your needs and the guides will introduce you to the surprising Amazon world, its people, more than 600 species of birds, and hundreds of botanical wonders. The Manatee sails along different ecosystems and important natural reserves such as the Yasuní National Park and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve.
Day 2: Parrots and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve.
Early departure by motor canoe to visit a very special corner of the jungle - the clay banks of the river where different species of parrots gather daily to eat this clay that helps them digest the seeds they feed on. It is quite a sight, colorful and noisy! Then, back aboard the Manatee to sail upriver and reach one of the tributaries of the Napo to observe the flora and fauna, including the surprising pygmy monkeys.
We will then trek to Limoncocha, currently the only Biological Reserve of Ecuador. Upon reaching the Limoncocha Lake, we will board a canoe and travel along the banks of this marshy ecosystem, where over 470 species of birds have been recorded. There is a possibility to fish for piranha, and for a short walk. At night, it is possible to observe the black caimans that inhabit the lagoon; quite an experience... Late return to the Manatee for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Culture / The Amazonian man / Giants of the Forest.
The adventure today begins with a visit to the Museum of Pompeya, a small archaeological site with Amazonian funeral urns that date back several centuries, as well as utensils and clues to the ways of life of the ancient inhabitants of the rainforest, which can still be seen today. We will also have the opportunity to see the giant trees of the Amazon, such as the kapok (ceibo), which rises over the forest canopy to more than 60 meters high, with huge, protrading roots. Guests can also try rowing the canoes on a tranquil tributary of the Napo River up to the house of a native family, to meet them and learn their ways of life.
Day 4: The Return.
While the Manatee navigates upriver, the guides wrap up our knowledge of the great Amazon region. Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito.
Note: Every night there will be additional activities such as conferences, review of the flora and fauna and night outings. This itinerary is subject to change for safety and technical reasons.
Quito Mariscal Sucre airport, Monday and Friday mornings.
Lodging on the Mantatee Amazon Explorer
Return transport from Quito, including flights and motorised canoe transfers
All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary
Bilingual, naturalist guide
Rubber boots and rain poncho
Insect repellent (minimum 30% DEET)
Light, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers
Resealable plastic bags to protect items such as cameras
Light, waterproof anorak
plus entrance fee to Yasuni National Park - $20 for foreigners, $5 for nationals.
Jungle tour, indigenous community visit, canoe rides, bird watching, fishing
Manatee Amazon Explorer
4 days, 3 nights
Easy - Available for any age and fitness levels