Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises
The Manatee Amazon Explorer, received the award for Latin America’s Best River Cruise Ship in the 2021 First Edition of the World Cruise Awards.
Visit two of the famous protected areas of eastern ECUADOR, the Yasuní National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Come and enjoy a unique journey along the lush upper Napo River, one of the tributaries of the great Amazon River. We invite you to explore one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, with its fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery. Experience the roar of howler monkeys, meet indigenous rainforest peoples and so much more on these 4,5 and 8 day cruises that depart every week on Mondays and Fridays. This is a moderately-priced and newly renovated boat.
In addition to our rainforest explorations, another important feature of the program will be our visits to the homes of forest residents. We will visit and learn what their lives are like, living on the edge of this vast trackless forest. A walk through their gardens is always interesting and we will learn their survival skills, which permit them to continue living in the complex tropical forest environment. Almost all forest dwellers collect plants for medicines and we will talk to them about which plants they collect and their uses. During our voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with many different communities that live along the shores of the Napo River Basin.
"Glamping" as a new program highlight. Each camp is fully sealed and above ground on a wooden platform, and is equipped with comfortable beds, charming rustic furniture, and superior service. Our guests will be able to enjoy gourmet meals, champagne and hot showers in our tented camp area after an exciting nature walk.You may choose between four different camp sites (Cocaya, Jatum Cocha Yasuni, Huririma and Sani), where you can enjoy and explore the beautiful rainforest and its incredible biodiversity of plants and animals, such as the black caimans or otters. In the evening, a local guide will tell you exciting stories about adventures and the way of life in the magical amazon region. In the morning, travelers will go for a kayak excursion on the river and observe incredible wildlife. After a delicious breakfast, they will go back on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer.
1. You must wear a life vest during all boat and canoe trips.
2. Trained naturalist Guides offer advice, give informative talks and conduct all excursions.
3. There is an entrance fee to Yasuni National Park of USD 20 per person (subject to change) and must be paid by passengers directly.
4. The programs described are subject to change without notice, and can be operated in different sequences depending on climatic and operational conditions. All decisions are oriented in terms of passengers interest and safety.
5. For your comfort, bottled water is supplied during your stay, free of charge.
6. All meals are included in the cost of the program. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available at extra cost.
7. Electricity is 110 volts AC.
They will maintain their biosecurity protocols and mandatory mask use requirement during visits to native communities as part of their commitment to protect and conserve this important cultural heritage, and respect for their community spaces.
"The trip went absolutely perfectly, thank you so much for getting that all arranged! I know these are difficult times and that makes it so much harder to make this happen so we really appreciate it. Thank you again!" Brody and Cyd
Book by March 31, 2023 and people that enjoy traveling alone, as a couple or with their family will receive the following discounts:
SOLO TRAVELERS - No single supplements
COUPLES - 30% OFF for the 2nd guest
FAMILIES x3 - Under 18’s cruise FREE
You may choose from the following available departures:
4 days / 3 nights - FRI-MON - JAN 13 - JAN 16 *, JAN 20 - JAN 23 *, FEB 17 - FEB 20, MAR 17 - MAR 20, MAR 24 - MAR 27, MAR 31 - APR 03*, APR 07 - APR 10, MAY 05 - MAY 08
5 days / 4 nights - MON-FRI - JAN 16 - JAN 20 *, JAN 23 - JAN 27 *, FEB 13 - FEB 17 *, MAR 13 - MAR 17, APR 03 - APR 07 *, MAY 22 - MAY 26, MAY 29 - JUN 02
* Ask for 8 days departures
Book by June 30, 2023 and you will receive up to 15% off on 2024 Manatee Explorer departures!
Reserve by 31 March 2023 receive the following benefits for all summer 2023 departures from June to August on board the Manatee :
FOR 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT CRUISE - A complimentary night at high-end hotel options like Wyndham Quito Airport or similar (transfer included)
FOR 5 DAY / 4 NIGHT CRUISE - Complimentary local flight Quito – Coca – Quito
FOR 8 DAY / 7 NIGHT CRUISE - A complimentary night at high-end hotel (transfer included) + Local flight Quito—Coca—Quito
2023 rates per person for Manatee Explorer:
2024 rates per person for Manatee Explorer:
*Child rate applies for each adult, ie 1 adult/1 child, 2 adults/2 children. If there are 3 children and 2 adults the third child will pay full adult rate.
Triple rate can only be applied if 3rd person is under 12
Glamping = $296 per person per night
Tariff Subject to change without previous notice, Prices are per person. A cancellation policy applies.
The Exploration Trips include:
• River Transportation.
• Accommodations in Single, Double or Triple Staterooms.
• All Meals (B, L, D), snacks, etc.
• Purified Water
• Excursions in the forest (all kind).
• Visits to Native Communities.
• Excursions Leaders (Biologists, Zoologists, Botanists, etc).
• Lectures by our Excursions Leaders.
Does Not Include:
• Air Fare Quito-Coca-Quito : Round trip (Quito – Coca – Quito): USD 250.00, One way (Quito – Coca / Coca – Quito): USD 140.00
(subject to change)
• Travel Insurance
• Bar Drinks, Soft Drinks
• Community entrance fees $ 70* (4 and 5 days) and $ 80* (8 days)
Extra charge for wi fi: $15 per cruise
A reservation is valid only with a written confirmation. Once the reservation is confirmed, the client has a time limit of 5 business days to send a deposit of 10% of the total invoice in order to hold and guarantee the reservation. Our system automatically eliminates all reservations that don´t have a deposit registered after the time limit specified above.
Full payment is required 65 days prior to the cruise departure.
REBOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO COVID-19*
CANCELLATION TERMS: Given the current global financial crisis that is affecting us as part of the Tourism industry, we strongly encourage rescheduling, as opposed to trip cancellation.
If you decide to cancel your trip, a charge shall apply to reflect the reasonable costs incurred by us in arranging and subsequently canceling your booking. Due to the complex nature of our travel itineraries, charges for cancellations after the balance due date will vary as follows: