Anakonda Amazon Cruises (Capacity: 40 passengers)
The Spirit of the Anaconda
The depths of the Amazon, some 30 years ago, were feared by most mortals. We know now, however, that they have been – and still are – simply deeply misunderstood. The fantasies of impenetrable tangles filled with monstrous insects, flesh-eating fish, snakes large enough to devour a man and long-lost barbaric tribes ready to spear intruders that revolve around these sanctuaries on natural life and biodiversity; are only as real as an unadventurous mind believes them to be.
It was precisely some 30 years back that we first decided to head out to these jungles and discover how truly wonderful the Amazon was and how fascinating it became to show this to others in all of its splendor. Today, in this environmental age, Amazon travel has never been so pertinent and we proudly present the new Anakonda Amazon River Cruises as the most tweaked, ergonomic and thought-out way to discover the mystery, spirit, life, and multicolored infinity of the most biodiverse corner on Earth.
Apart from highlighting the Amazon to the world, explaining to guests the importance of protecting it, working hard to promote environmental awareness not only for those who visit, but for our employees and the communities at large, our state-of-the-art vessel were purposely conceived to create the least impact possible on the environment. Our waste management programs were designed upon analyzing the sum of different experiences in Amazonian Ecuador and applying them to international standards.
All of us at Anakonda Amazon Cruises are well aware that we operate in an extremely fragile and deeply controversial region. We believe that sustainable tourism —giving visitors from other corners of the world the opportunity to experience natural heritage sites as fascinating as the Amazon Basin – offers an excellent way for local communities to reap financial benefits while protecting and cherishing the land they call home. Not only do we employ guides and crew locally, we offer important percentages of some of our most luxurious programs, such as glamping, to our employees. We take our guests to a variety of environmentally-sound and culturally-engaging visitor sites run by local communities in order to involve them in important aspects of the tourism industry, knowing quite well by now that making conservation irresistible for the people that live in environmentally endangered areas is the only way to secure their long-term conservation. There is much to be done to protect this sublimely special land, and we at ANAKONDA know that we will need help from those directly involved, the true guardians of the Amazon, to do so.
Quito – Coca – Napo River
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of El Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour, to board the M/V ANAKONDA AMAZON CRUISES. Since safety on board is of upmost importance, our navigation will not begin until a safety evacuation drill has been completed. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and sand banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding the M/V Anakonda, we continue navigating downstream. This will be the first of many opportunities passengers will have to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views.
Once you have comfortably settled into the M/V Anakonda, we will be joined by local tour/- nature guides who will give us a complete and condensed introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Following this Amazonian induction, we will enjoy dinner under the mesmerizing sunset. An evening walk is organized after sunset; giving us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity while listening to the incessant sounds of nature.
Border with Peru (The Heart of Yasuni)
Before disembarking, we will enjoy breakfast atop the cruise ship’s deck, accompanied by the bird’s melody. After this unique gastronomic experience, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience. It is on this morning adventure, 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 this extraordinary encounter with the Ecuadorian Amazon, we will enjoy lunch aboard, 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. Throughout the day, the M/V Anakonda will continue navigating alongside the Ecuadorian- Peruvian border. After such an incredible day in the Amazon, we will end the night accompanied by a delicious dinner and by local guides, ready to answer any and all questions pertaining to the Ecuadorian Amazon. For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program.
Meeting the Community – Activities on Board – Island Exploration
The M/V Anakonda will continue upstream. Here we will be marveled by the unique creatures that inhabit the area: Common Squirrel Monkeys, and of course the infamous Piranhas. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with young children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador. Later, we will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit an Authentic Indigenous home, belonging to the Oraco family.
Upon return onboard we navigate upstream and take a moment to relax. After a delicious lunch, you can learn and make various cultural handicrafts, enjoy documentaries shows, or you could be part of cooking classes that are be offered by our chef. In the afternoon, we explore Monkey Island, which is one of the largest islands of the Napo River, home to hundreds of Amazonian monkeys. Unquestionably, after an entire day in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, you will have more questions than answers about the Amazon. Luckily for our passengers, we will host a dinner accompanied by local nature and cultural guides who will make sure everyone on board is an expert on Ecuadorian Amazonia.
Parrot’s Clay Licks – Sani Warni & Yasuni National Park
After breakfast on board, we will have a chance to witness an astonishing natural phenomenon as we set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles located on this side of the western Amazonia, commonly known as Parrot Clay Licks. These unique pools of mud are rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and Amazon birds every day. Later we will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak and share about their customs, cuisine and daily life. Kichwa women created the center in order to showcase their culture. The visit to the Sani Warmi community is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyle along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch on board, as we navigate to Puerto Pedro. Weather permitting and as an optional excursion, we could make a short stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre before sunset.
Indillama & Napo Rivers – Yasuni National Park
Today you have the option to kayak through one of the Napo River’s tributaries that goes into the Yasuni National Park, the Indillama River. This visit enables great excursions for wildlife observation, with kayaks which are the best silent vehicles to flow down river. On the southern bank of the Napo River we visit a path that runs through the tropical forest. On the way, we may visit the Yaku Kawsay Interpretation Center, which is a museum that provides information on the fauna that is found in the Amazon basin: pink dolphins, manatees, paiches, among others. Or you can choose to go on a canoe ride in search of more wildlife through the Napo River. It’s up to you!
Pañayacu – Black Water Ecosystems
One of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin is home to legendary pink river dolphins, black caimans and the enigmatic Amazonian anaconda. We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Black water lakes are ecosystems previously flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.
Observation Tower – Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Today we will visit the Añangu Tower, which offers great photograph opportunities after climbing a ceibo tree in order to enjoy an astonishing view of the Amazon from this wooden tower. This is a great opportunity to do birdwatching activities. Wether permiting and as an optional excursion, a visit to the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels). Our trip into Ecuadorian Amazon, ends here, as we will begin our trip back to Itaya. During our last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon our guests will enjoy a farewell cocktail with all our staff and a great dinner.
The Adventure Ends
In the morning, our guests will disembark the M/V Anakonda in order to be transferred to El Coca by motorized canoe (1-hour ride); flight to Quito.
- All prices are per person
- Children under 12 years sharing room with parents
- The detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, The New M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.
- Glamping optional excursion $296 per night / per person (minimum 2 pax)
Standard Suite Double $ 3951.00
Standard Suite Triple $ 3358.00
Standard Suite Single $ 5898.00
Standard Suite Children $ 1976.00
Deluxe Suite Double $ 4938.00
Deluxe Suite Triple $ 4198.00
Deluxe Suite Single $ 7371.00
Deluxe Suite Children $ 2469.00
- Transfer In and Out from Coca’s airport to and from the M/V Anakonda
- On board Accommodation
- Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalistic guide
- Unlimited water, coffee and tea
- All meals while on board
- Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito
- Transfers to and from Quito’s airport
- Communities entrances fees
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Tips and gratuities
- Internet Wi-Fi
- Personal Expenses
- Any other service not mentioned herein
- Sunhat + Sunblock
- Walking Shoes/Sneakers + Waterproof Sandals
- Socks: Tall socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots. Two pairs per day are ideal
- Light-weight, Earth- or Darkcolored, Long-sleeved Shirts and T-shirts
- Light-weight Quick-dry Hiking Pants
- Goretex Jacket
- Insect Repellent
- Binoculars (waterproof) + Backpack
- Headlamp (or Flashlight) + Extra Batteries
- Inexpensive Magnifying Glass (optional)
- Personal First Aid Kit + Medication
- Camera + Dry Bags
- Rubber Boots are supplied at the lodge