This is a journey that takes you into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin. A great way to explore the Amazon basin is by navigating down the river on a marvelous, state-of-the-art vessel set to explore this truly unique environment. The inspiring adventure will provide many unexpected, astonishing encounters. Discover the Yasuní (Ecuador’s largest National Park), a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. Hike trails and learn about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.
You may choose from 4 Days, 5 days and 8 days itineraries.
About the vessel:
The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Its eighteen suites feature ample sitting areas, large and comfortable beds. The vessel comes complete with an expansive observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi and an al fresco lounge, ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. The vessel also features 3 canoes for guest transportation to land excursions and activities and 10 kayaks, as well as hammocks, naturalist tour leaders and a travel concierge, who will go out of his way to personalize your experience.
Suites and cabins on the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise are groundbreaking in every sense. For some reason, no one ever thought it possible, or even convenient, to bring all the perks of comfort to Amazon cruising in Ecuador. The Anakonda now does, offering up to 20 square-meters worth of space to unwind in suites, with private balconies, Jacuzzis, and full-frame panoramic windows that offer you much more of the Amazon’s sights and spectacles. We have limited access to internet via satellite-serviced Wi-Fi internet.
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute will take you to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where you will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour, to board the M/V Anakonda Amazon. Throughout the journey, you will have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
After boarding the M/V Anakonda, you will continue navigating downstream. You will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of the cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organised after sunset; it gives you the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
The program includes:
Transportation to and from Coca airport and M/V Anakonda
Accommodation on board
Scheduled visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide.
Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee, and tea.
All meals on board.
After a delicious breakfast, disembark on land for your first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.
After lunch, the M/V Anakonda navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as “the Stinky Turkey”. The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.
After breakfast, you will have the chance to visit local a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.
Return onboard the M/V Anakonda for lunch and enjoy a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.
This morning, visit an observation tower, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, you will have a unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.
In the afternoon, visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when you will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Anakonda for dinner.
In the morning, disembark the M/V Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride) for your flight back to Quito.