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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.
Visiting Pañacocha’s Biological Corridor
We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; you take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. Upon reaching the Pañacocha Lake (Piranha Lake, in native language Quechua) we will be marveled by the unique creatures that inhabit the area: squirrel monkeys, and of course the infamous Piranhas. Pañacocha’s Lake ecosystem make it the perfect habitat for the Piranha, as well as water monkey fish, known locally as Arawana and the 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. Undoubtedly, after an entire day in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, there will be plenty of questions. Luckily for our passengers, we will have the chance to speak to local guides, who will be happy to answer all of our questions. The local guides will also be given the time to discuss other subjects related to the Ecuadorian Amazon during our evening briefing.
Before sunrise, we will navigate towards Itaya, it is from here that we will disembark the M/V Anakonda, in order to be transferred by a motorized canoe to El Coca (1-hour ride). From Coca, you will fly 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)
From $ 1976.00
Standard Suite Double
- 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