Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruises
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.
All passengers traveling onboard the vessel will need a PCR Negative test of no more than 4 days (96 hours) before traveling.
They can help all of their passengers with the arrangements for the PCR test to be taken. They work with an excellent laboratory that has been helping with the sample and with the results within hours. It has a cost of USD 80.00 per PCR test.
Book early and receive a discount of up to 15% on all the 2022 and 2023 departures!
We also have this promotion for select departures:
SOLO TRAVELERS - No Single Supplement
COUPLES - 50% OFF for the 2nd guest
FAMILIES - Under 18’s cruise FREE
Those apply to these departures:
4D/3N - FRI – MON - JULY 23-26*, Aug. 20-23, SEP03–SEP06, Oct. 1-4*, NOV12–NOV15*, NOV19–NOV22*, NOV 26-29*
5D/4N MON-FRI - JUL19–JUL23, JUL26–JUL30, AUG16–AUG20, SEP27–OCT01*, OCT04–OCT08, NOV01-05, NOV08–NOV12*, NOV15–NOV19*, NOV22–NOV26*, NOV 29 – DEC 03*, DEC13–DEC17*
* Ask for 8 days departures
2021 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 TERMSGiven 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: