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Manatee 4 Night Cruise

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This is a journey into a planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater –the vigorous Amazon River – represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. Its jungles power clouds across our skies, its trees are our damper against the effects of global warming.

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Trip Code: ECTSMA4

Location: Ecuador, amazon

Ship: Manatee Amazon Explorer


On arrival at Coca Airport, you will be met by a representative from MV Manatee and transferred to the dock. Board a motorized canoe to begin the journey down the river for approximately an hour and a half, taking in the first sights and sounds of the Amazon.
After boarding and once settled in, you will be joined by expert local naturalist guides who will provide you with a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, after which you will have your first opportunity to discover the exciting features of the cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows you to admire the changing rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River.
After dinner, plunge straight into the Amazon by going for a night time forest walk to observe the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that come from so much biodiversity.

Monday: Arrive Coca & Embarkation

Early in the morning, visit Yasuni National Park. This is a pristine and relatively undisturbed region of the Ecuadorian Amazon and home of the legendary Pink River Dolphin. In this area you can also find anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colourful Hoatzin, a unique bird that is known locally as the “Stinky Turkey”.
Later in the afternoon, take part in canoeing on a blackwater lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, albeit elusive manatee. Also enjoy a pleasant hike in the Riparian/Gallery Forest, where you may have the chance to spot a flock of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants by the “Giant Fig Tree”, a truly majestic tree that is home to an abundance of wildlife, much like the “Giant Kapok Tree”.

Tuesday: Yasuni National Park

Start the day off by visiting an authentic Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will receive cultural immersion and the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.
Return to the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer for lunch and some leisure time as the ship continues cruising upstream. At this time, you are invited to participate in a cooking class with the chef who will share recipes and techniques for preparing exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. You are also invited to try your hand at making traditional handicrafts. Kayaking is also available for those who want to get close and personal with the river.

Wednesday: Quechua Family & Canoeing

After breakfast, disembark to explore by foot the nearby forest and discover a myriad of different animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin.
In the afternoon, visit a canopy tower, built against a giant Kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin.
In the evening, bravely venture into the river on a canoe to search for black caimans with the help of flashlights.

Thursday: Forest Adventure & Observation Canopy

Enjoy the last part of our journey before disembarking the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer and taking a motorised canoe to take you back to Coca Airport. This journey will take about one and a half hours.

Friday: Disembarkation & Return to Coca

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Important Information

  • Shipboard accommodation 

    All meals onboard

    All scheduled landings/excursions with certified naturalist guide

    Return transfers from Coca Airport to pier 



    Air tickets Quito - Coca - Quito

    Airport transfers in Quito 

    Community Entrance Fees 

    Beverages on-board (other than water, coffee and tea)

    Gratuities for staff & crew 

    Pre or post cruise travel expenses

    Personal expenses 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability


Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.


Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.