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Manatee Amazon Explorer Tour

Country: Ecuador
City: Rainforest
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Nature Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary




DAY 1 - FRIDAY: Quito – Coca – Yasuní National Park

Departure from Quito in the morning, to board the flight to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), which arrives at Coca after a short 30-minute trip. Afterward, there will be a transfer from the airport to the Napo River port, where a motorized canoe will take you downstream for approximately one and a half hours; during the trip, we will provide important information about the region.

Once onboard the MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER, we will start navigating down the Napo River. Lunch will be served and later on, we will stop at the Life Under Water Museum and will return onboard after a night walk, for dinner. Everything will depend on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to the location.

(L, D)

DAY 2 - SATURDAY: Parrot Clay Lick and Observation Tower

Breakfast will be served on board. Then our excursion to the Parrot Clay lick, a great place to see a lot of bird species. Back onboard our lunch will be ready, and in the afternoon we will explore the Chaullacocha black water system, depending on the river´s water level; we may access this wonderful system either by walking or by paddling a canoe. Then an exploration of the lake shores looking for wildlife, such as turtles, herons, and caymans, and later in the day, a visit to the canopy tower, which is more than 30 meters high, from which an impressive view of the forest can be seen from the top.

From this perspective, we can appreciate the secrets of this vast ecosystem that cannot be seen from another angle. The tower has 300 steps that will be worth climbing to get to the top, where the most amazing view awaits you. Return to the MANATEE at night, after searching for caymans on the lake Chaullacocha Lake.


DAY 3 - SUNDAY: Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

We will continue our navigation downstream to arrive at the mouth of the Pañayacu (Piranha River). After arrival, there will be a canoe trip through the Piranha River to see the sights of this interesting protected forest. There will be the possibility to observe Pink River Dolphins, the agile Common Squirrel Monkeys, and much more.

The Piranha Lake area is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes of that place are the perfect habitats for the infamous Piranha, the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana), and White Caymans. After a refreshing swim in the Piranha Lake, we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and a cold drink at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will go for an exploration walk, and later on, when we are back on board, we will have dinner and receive a briefing about the next day's program


DAY 4 - MONDAY: Native Dwelling and returning home

Early in the morning, we will visit a native dwelling, and then return to the boat and head back to the city of Coca to take the afternoon flight back to Quito. The boat ride upstream will take around two hours.




Itinerary subject to change based on local conditions. It could be flexible according to the client’s interests.


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; BL: Box Lunch; D: Dinner


Single supplement: 50% additional

Prices Include:

Accommodation based on the double cabin, all meals, pure water, bilingual naturalist guide, rain poncho and rubber boots are provided from the boat. Entrance fees of: Parrot Clay Lick; Pañacocha Reserve; Observation tower

Not Included:

Soft and alcoholic drinks, tips, and personal expenses.

Please Note:

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On a daily basis of your tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

The Expedition leaders will always be offering information about the region, tours, weather conditions, navigation, native cultures, and probabilities to encounter wildlife through lectures, briefings, recaps, and videos.

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