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Anakonda

Five Day Cruise on the Ecuadorian Amazon (departs Wednesdays)

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

Arrive into Coca and transfer to the Anakonda by motorised canoe.

Day 1: Coca - Rio Napa - Yasuni National Park

Arrive into Coca and transfer the the Anakonda by motorised speedboat, all the while observing the opposing forest-clad riverbanks of the typically-brown headwaters of the Amazon. Board the Anakonda and enjoy your first lunch on board. In the afternoon explore the Tiputini River, within the Yasuní National Park, on a hand-paddled canoe excursion for the chance to discover 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 2: 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 3: Kichwa Culture and Swamp Forest Walk

This morning there will be a visit to 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 4: Parrot Clay Lick or Water Museum and Limoncocha Boilogical Reserve

Today you can choose to visit the Parrot Clay licks, one of the most exciting wildlife shows in Amazonia, 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 5: 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

  • 4 Nights' accommodation on board the Anakonda
  • Full Board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5)
  • 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 USD60 per person
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Internet WIFI
  • Optional Glamping excursion (please inquire upon booking)
 

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