Ecuador Amazon River Cruise - MANATEE - 3 Nights

4 days | 3 nights
Shared tour
From 1490USD1750USD per person
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Cruise Description

Board the new (2017) Manatee Amazon Explorer river cruise ship, for an unforgettable experience combining adventure and comfort. Discover the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest and river carrying 20% of all river waters in the world.

This 121-foot long ship has all the amenities you can dream of to relax: fourteen comfortable suites, a bar, a spa, and a vast terrace with an outdoor jacuzzi offering stunning views of the Amazon jungle.

Immerse yourself in a lush environment and marvel at the majestic Napo River and Yasuni National Park while spotting monkeys, birds, butterflies, pink dolphins, and many other wild species.

With more than 40,000 plant species, 3,000 types of fish, 1,300 bird species, 430 mammals, and a staggering 2.5 million different kinds of insects, the Amazon rainforest will be a vibrant host along your cruise. 



Trip at a glance


FRIDAYS TO MONDAYS ONLY - Longer Itineraries Available: Get In Touch

Diurnal and Nocturnal Canoe Expeditions, Kayak Excursions, Parrot Clay Licks, Amazon Community, Rainforest Canopee

Trip details




30-minute flight from Quito to the city of Puerto Francisco de Orellana also known as El Coca, the starting point of your jungle tour in Ecuador.

Transfer to the dock to board a motorized canoe to travel down the Napo river (1 hour 30 min) and meet the crew of your Manatee Amazon River Cruise.

Once settled in your cabin, you will meet your expert local naturalist guides who will provide a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Free time to enjoy the exciting features of the cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck with spectacular panoramic views.


Throughout the journey, your ship will be your window to the rainforest, the lush landscape and the biodiversity that inhabits the banks of the great Napo River rolling before your eyes.


After dinner set off on an evening walk to immerse yourself in the rich sounds and aromas of the forest's vibrant nocturnal activity.

Overnight onboard.

  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



Your journey continues downstream to the Pañayacu River delta for a canoe trip on the blackwaters of the Piñacocha lake, a fascinating nature reserve. Gliding on the calm waters of the lake keep an eye out for pink river dolphins and common squirrel monkeys.

The surrounding protected rainforest is home to 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 fish species.

Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is a water-flooded ecosystem, the perfect habitat for the infamous piranha, as well as the water monkey fish (arawana) and white caiman.


After lunch, you will be doing the paddling on your kayak, and the most adventurous ones will enjoy a nice refreshing swim in the Piranha Lake. It is not as dangerous as it sounds!

Back on board of the Manatee, an interesting lecture and an educational documentary about the region will be waiting for you.


Overnight onboard. 

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal at a nearby camping site
  • Dinner onboard



If weather allows, you will paddle out on canoes to observe one of the most incredible sights on this side of the Western Amazon: the Parrot clay Licks. This unique place is rich in minerals and attracts hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and amazon birds every day.

You will then visit a Quechua Cultural Center, where you will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach you about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River and you will have the opportunity to support the local community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs.


Before sunset, you will climb up an observation tower above the rainforest canopy, with astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin and stunning photo opportunities. A perfect outing for birdwatchers and bird-lovers alike. 

Return to your ship. 


Overnight onboard. 

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



Before sunrise, you will sail to Itaya, where you will disembark the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, in order to be transferred by a motorized canoe to El Coca (1 hour 30 min). 

Transfer to the airport for your direct flight back to Quito (30 min). 

  • Breakfast onboard




What's included


3 nights onboard Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise Ship


Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 dinners


4 day-3 night cruise onboard M/v Manatee Amazon River Cruise Vessel 14 suites, 1 observation deck, 1 outdoor jacuzzi, lazy chairs 10 crew members


Shared English-speaking expert naturalist guide for all visits and excursions

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals 
  • Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips
  • Admission to Communities and Park: 70 USD/Person
  • Wi-Fi Access: 15 USD/Access

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

FRIDAYS TO MONDAYS ONLY - Longer Itineraries Available: Get In Touch


If necessary, it is imperative to get your yellow fever vaccine at least ten days prior to departure.

Weather conditions in the Amazon rainforest vary greatly depending on the two seasons: the wet season from December to May and the dry season from June until November. Regardless of the season, you have to be prepared for rain throughout the year, although it rains a lot less during the dry season. 

Both seasons provide amazing experiences with plenty of birds, wildlife, and flora to see.  If you prefer cruising and watching scenery and wildlife from the vessel then we recommend traveling during the wet season. If you prefer hiking through the jungle, then we recommend traveling during the dry season. 

Itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions at certain times of the year. With the change in river water levels, the sailing hours may vary. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the crew. 

Visits to the local villages are carefully planned to avoid a negative impact on their cultural identity. 

Amazon rainforest packing list:

  • binoculars
  • waterproof hiking shoes
  • hat
  • quick-dry clothing
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • long-sleeve pants
  • strong insect repellent
  • strong sunblock
  • bathing-suit
  • case or protection for your camera and phone
  • personal medication. 



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