This is a journey into our planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater, the vigourous Amazon River, represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. How many conditions –climatic, geological, environmental, evolutionary –must coincide in order to make a single park become the most biodiverse corner of our planet? Scientists still don’t know how to answer this question… they are mostly trying to assess the overwhelming complexities of species variation within the fabulous Yasuni National Park.
There is a 5 days and 4 nights itinerary for those interested. Talk to our agents for more details.
Today you will take a flight to Coca. On arrival, you will be met by Manatee staff members and you will be transferred to the dock, where you will embark on a motorised canoe and navigate down river about 1½ hour, to board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. Throughout the journey, you will have a chance to admire the rain forest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, you will continue navigating downstream.
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.
Pañacocha Biological Corridor
This morning, after a nice breakfast, you will continue navigating downstream to the Pañayacu River delta. Take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve.
Seek for Pink River Dolphins, Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), you will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.
Parrots’ Clay Licks – Sani Warmi & Yasuni National Park
Today you will visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia has to offer! Known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of Parrots, Parakeets, and Amazon birds every day.
Visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine, and everyday life. They have created the centre in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.
After lunch, you will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, to end the day with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
Early departure from the Manatee and transfer back to Coca (two-hour canoe ride) for your onwards flight.