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Manatee Amazon Explorer - Amazonas Basin – Pañacocha Biological Corridor - Parrot Clay Lick - Wildlife The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully-equipped vessel with the best conditi..
Manatee Amazon Explorer - Amazonas Basin – Pañacocha Biological Corridor - Parrot Clay Lick - Wildlife The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully-equipped vessel with the best conditions to explore the Amazon Basin, and is manned by experienced and conscientious officers, crew members and expedition staff. Discover the home to a diversity of flora and fauna species unique in the world in the Amazon rainforest in the Manatee Amazon Explorer. More than 20,000 species identified as plants are found in Ecuador and 3,000 species, which constitutes 15%, were found in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. The Napo and Aguarico basins protect over 191 mammal species. There are between 500 to 550 bird species, which represent 30% of all of Ecuador’s birds. Finally, around 180 reptile and amphibian species were recorded for this region.
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Services

Included
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
  • On board accommodations in Standard rooms
  • All meals while on board
  • English speaking naturalist guide during the whole tour
  • All activities as mentioned (hikes, canoe trips, etc.)
  • Rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea
Excluded
  • Airfare Quito – Coca – Quito (USD 180.00 net per person – subject to change without prior notice)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Internet Wi-Fi
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned herein
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation to/from the Quito Airport
  • Admission prices to communities and reserves ($60 per person, subject to change)
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Transport from Quito to El Coca and return (bus or plane)
  • 5 o more day tours in Manatee Amazon explorer

Tour Details :

Departing from Quito, we will take a short 30-minute flight to the Amazonian town of “Coca” (Francisco de Orellana). Once there, we will drive to the dock and embark a motorized canoe for a 1 ½ hour ride downriver to the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we will cruise downriver and admire the rainforest landscapes and banks of the great Napo River. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of the cruise ship: the spacious social areas, the comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. After sunset, an evening walk will be organized to gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
Day 1

After sailing downriver to the Pañayacu River delta, we will take a canoe trip to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Keep your eyes out for Pink river dolphins, common Squirrel monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (“Piranha Lake,” in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters – 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.
Day 2

After breakfast on board the Manatee, we set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles on this side of western Amazonia: a parrot clay lick. These unique pools of mud are rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets 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 talk about their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture – 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 Center, and end the day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels, and weather conditions).
Day 3

Quito - Coca - Napo River - Yasuni National Reserve

In the morning for your flight to Quito, we will disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (a 1½ hour ride). The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.

What to bring.

  • Cotton shirts
  • Small backpack (waterproof)
  • Insect repellent
  • Shorts, 2 or more
  • T-Shirts, 3 or more
  • Binoculars
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Sunblock
  • Bathing suit
  • Cotton underwear
  • Original Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Water Canteen
  • Sweater
  • Toiletries
  • Long trousers
  • Cotton socks
  • Comfortable walking sandals
  • Money
Day 4

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