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Anakonda

Eight Day Cruise on the Ecuadorian Amazon (departs Sundays)

The Anakonda is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, offering guests the chance to experience the Amazon in a most unique way. Visit remote and pristine areas and interact with the region’s 15 local communities whilst enjoying the comfort and services of a 5-star boutique hotel. The ship's 18 cabins, each measuring over 215 square feet, feature sitting areas, large and comfortable beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows offering spectacular views. The observation deck, with its outdoor jacuzzi and al fresco lounge is the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail, to relax with a good book or simply enjoy the sights of the Ecuadorian Amazon. You also have the option to enjoy one or two nights camping under the stars in the Amazonian rainforest on an optional Glamping Excursion.

 

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Embark

If arriving on recommended flights into Coca, you will be met and transferred to the Anakonda by motorised canoe.

Day 1: Coca - Yasuni National Park

Arrive into Coca and take a transfer to the Anakonda by motorised canoe, all the while observing the forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon. You will be welcomed on board by the crew and there will be time to settle into your suite and enjoy lunch as the ship sets sail eastwards along the Amazon. Enjoy a leisurely cruise during the afternoon, stopping to visit the Amazonian Water Museum. In the evening you will enjoy a night walk, taking in the nocturnal rainforest life.

Day 2: Parrot Clay Licks and Observation Tower

After a leisurely breakfast on board, you will visit the parrot clay licks, a great place to witness one of the most exciting wildlife spectacles in Amazonia. Lunch is served on board and in the afternoon you will explore the Chaullacocha black-water river system (depending on the river's water level, you may access it by foot or by canoe). Further explore the lake’s shores, seeking out turtles, herons and caiman and, later in the day, climb a canopy tower over 30m high. From this unique perspective, you can fully appreciate the breadth of the vast ecosystem.

Day 3: Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

The Anakonda continues her navigation downstream to reach the Pañayacu River Delta, where you can take a canoe to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Here you may see Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for Piranha, as well as Water Monkey Fish and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (optional!), you can enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and a cold drink at a nearby campsite. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails and return to the Anakonda in time for dinner.

Day 4: Island Explorarion - Yasuni National Park

Today's activiites begin at daybreak when you can walk in one of the Napo River’s unique island ecosystems, created from vegetation clogs that accumulate as the river travels into the Amazon. In the afternoon continue to the Tiputini River, within the Yasuní National Park, on a hand-paddled canoe excursion for the chance to explore riparian habitats with diverse wildlife. As the sun sets, you can experience the busy nightlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon during a night walk or canoe ride (visits depend on the river level, climatic conditions, wildlife activity and accessibility).

Day 5: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park

Early this morning you can explore one of Ecuadorian Amazonia’s purest rivers, the Cocaya. A haven of exotic plants, unique wildlife and colourful birds, this black water system is also home to the legendary Pink River Dolphins, Black Cayman and the enigmatic Amazonian Anaconda. Keep your eyes peeled for river turtles and a number of species of monkey including the Black-mantled Tamarin, Red Howler and Squirrel Monkeys, as well as Three-toed Sloths and the most-primitive Hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally known as the Stinky Turkey. In the afternoon, head into the heart of the Yasuni to blackwater lake Jatun Cocha. Here there will be opportunities for walking and paddling and you can search for giant otters.

Day 6: Kichwa Culture and Swamp Forest Walk

This morning there will be a visit a Kichwa indigenous community center and school. During the visit, you will get to meet the representative members of life within Amazonia to learn about their culture and ways of life. Meet local children and visit them in their homes, understanding how these joyful people utilise and protect their resources, and how they cherish their ecosystem. In the afternoon, relax on board as the ship navigates downriver. Why not learn about Ecuadorian cuisine at one of the onboard cookery classes or try your hand at making fiber-knit handicrafts with the locals? Naturalists will carry out onboard lectures on various topics, including diversity, geology, history, petroleum and sustainability in Amazonia. Then take a stroll over a wooden boardwalk through a Morete Palm swamp, for the chance to see frogs, parrots and anything else that cares to show itself.

Day 7: Parrot Clay Lick or Water Museum and Limoncocha Boilogical Reserve

Today you can choose to visit the Parrot Clay licks or the Yaku Kawsay, a live underwater museum within Yasuní National Park. This fascinating project was created by one of the many Kichwa river communities and shows visitors what it is like inside the rivers and lakes of the Amazon. In the afternoon there will be a visit to the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible area which is home to more than four hundred bird species. Search for Black Caiman after dusk before returning to the ship for your final dinner on board.

Day 8: Disembarkation

Bid farewell to the crew of the Anakonda and transfer back to Coca by motorised canoe. The journey will take approximately 2 hours and you will be given a lunch box to enjoy on board.

Disembark

Disembark and transfer back to Coca for your domestic flight to Quito.

Includes

  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Anakonda
  • Full Board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8)
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea
  • Transfer from the airport to the Manatee Amazon Explorer when arriving on recommended flights
  • Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified
  • Informative talks and conferences

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Airfare for the route Quito – Coca – Quito, which is approx USD180 per adult (subject to change)
  • Community entry fees - approx USD70 per person
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Internet WIFI
  • Optional Glamping excursion (please inquire upon booking)
 

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