When to Travel

What's the climate like in the Ecuador


On the mainland, green season roughly corresponds to the Northern Hemispheric winter, October - May, while dry season corresponds with the summer months of June - September. These variations are generally quite mild however, meaning that there really is no bad time to visit, and whenever you come it is best to be prepared for rain, sun, and the occasional chilly night (especially if you plan to head up to the paramo)


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Amazon Explorer

Get to explore the Amazon for some of the most incredible wildlife viewing opportunities that the world has to offer. This Amazon cruise includes visits to an amazing variety of ecosystems can only happen on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer. The Cuyabeno Wild Life Reserve, the Yasuní National Park (the biggest in Ecuador), Limoncocha Biological Reserve (the only one in Ecuador), the tree tower , the paddle canoe trips, explorative walks, as well as the opportunity to meet the indigenous tribes of the region.

DAY 01 - Arrive in Quito - transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Quito


DAY 2 - DEPARTURE FROM QUITO AND ARRIVAL TO THE CITY OF COCA

Depart from Quito in the morning at approximately 07:00 AM, and after a 30 minute flight we arrive at Francisco de Orellana (Coca)the capital city of the oil industry of Ecuador. At the airport, we will have our naturalist guides meet us and take us on a short transfer to the Napo River port. Then we will have a motorized canoe ride downstream for approximately one hour. During the trip we will provide important information about the region. Once on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer will have lunch on board and will start navigating down the Napo River for the rest of the afternoon. In the evening, there will be a

welcome cocktail and a presentation about the trip, and an optional nocturnal tour by canoe or walk will be offered.

TO THE BORDER WITH PERU

DAY 3 - NAVIGATION DOWN THE NAPO AND THE AGUARICO RIVER

On the second day of our cruise, we will explore one of the fantastic tributaries of the Napo River that comes
from the core of the Yasuní National Park. At this river, we will navigate downstream in search of the wonderful
wildlife, and if we are lucky enough, we could have the opportunity to see the evasive Giant River Otter, the
mysterious Jaguar, and even the timid Spider Monkey, just on the Southside of the Yasuní National Park . After
this excursion, the Manatee will continue its navigation to arrive near the international boundary with Peru. We
will visit the border town of Rocafuerte and continue navigation to the junction of Napo and Aguarico rivers (The most eastern point of Ecuadorian territory), and navigate upstream the Aguarico River, which is considered a rich river because miners wash gold on the shores close to the mountains), In the afternoon, our first walk in the varzea forest, which is wet half of the year. After a great excursion, diner will be served onboard and later, we will have a presentation about the program scheduled for next day.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, river water level, and logistic reasons. Every night there will be additional activities such as conferences and flora and fauna overview.




THE WATER WORLD

DAY 4 - CANOE TRIP IN LAGARTOCOCHA AND WALKING EXPEDITION AT THE CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE
Early in the morning, we will explore one of the most pristine rivers in Ecuadorian Amazonia, Lagartococha river.

Here we will have the opportunity to observe exotic plants, colorful birds and unique wildlife that lives in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. This black water system is the home of the legendary Pink River Dolphins, River Turtles, Black Caimans and the enigmatic Amazon Manatee. Moreover, if we look at the vegetation on the shores, we may see the Red Howler Monkeys, and other species like the black tamarind, squirrel monkey, Three-toed Sloth, the leaf- eating bird, locally known as Stinky Turkey (Hoatzin), and other wildlife. The canoe trip upstream will reveal the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic region. An overnight in the forest could be arranged for this day. This will be the farthest point of our trip and we will start our navigation back to the first point. Lunch will be served on board, and in the afternoon, we will explore the jungle on a short walk.

THE BIGGEST ECUADORIAN NATIONAL PARK, YASUNÍ

DAY 5 - NAVIGATION THE TIPUTIN RIVER, AND EXPLORING THE JATUNCOCHA LAKE

In the morning, we will enjoy a canoe exploration trip to Yasuní river. This is the home of one of the last isolated cultures of the Amazon Basin: the Huaorani, who choose to live apart from the rest of the people. We also visit one of the mayor black water lakes of the upper Amazon basin, the Jatun Cocha here there is the opportunity for paddling and watching the giant otters; amazing water mammals and endangered species. In addition to this the observation of local flora and fauna is an unforgettable sight, that will take your breath away. In the afternoon there will be an expedition to one of the Napo Islands, home for many bird species and the largest rodent of the world: Capybara. After diner, a brief lecture about the next day's program will be given to prepare us for this upcoming adventure.

FOR GUEST LEAVING THE MANATEE ON THIS MORNING (MONDAY)

Guests who leave the Manatee on this day will depart to Coca from Rocafuerte at around 7:00 AM, and will have a short visit at the parrot salt lick or the world of the water, where we will serve a box lunch. They leave Coca by airplane on a later fly in the afternoon.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, river water level, and logistic reasons. Every night there will be additional activities such as conferences and flora and fauna overview.





FOR GUEST STARTING THE PROGRAM ON THIS DAY (MONDAY).

On this day, we also have guests who arrive, and here they will start their itinerary. They will arrive at noon by speed boat (4 and half hour ride), and a snack will be provided on the way. After lunch onboard, when new passengers arrive, they can observe part of the Jatun
Cocha lake and the fresh water dolphin at the Yasuní river and Tiputini river. On the way downstream from Coca to
Rocafuerte we have a short stop and we will visit the Parrot salt lick, as well as the Water World, a special place that

displays fish and other animals that live under water in the rivers of the Ecuadorian Amazonia. There is also information about the wooden handcrafted figures that are displayed and were made by the Indigenous women of the area.

THE LOCAL INDIGENOUS, AMAZON MEN AND WOMEN

DAY 6 - KICHWA CULTURE CENTER AND ACTIVITIES ON BOARD

On this morning, we will visit one of the local indigenous community's centers, specifically, one of the schools of the Kichwa Culture. On this visit, we will have the opportunity to meet the local people and learn about their culture. Our guests can meet the children and share culture visits to the huts and understand how this friendly people live, use the resources of this unique world, and how they have learned to manage the fragility of this ecosystem. In the afternoon guests can enjoy of a relaxing navigation onboard the Manatee, while recharging batteries for the next day. There is also the opportunity to learn how to make Ecuadorian food in one of our cooking lessons directed by our chef on board, also locals teach you in make fibers handicraft to.

THE OBSERVATION TOWER IS THE TROPICAL RAIN FOREST FROM THE TOP

DAY 7 - OBSERVATION TOWER, CHAULLACOCHA CANOE PADDLING, AND RIVER NAVIGATION

Today we will explore the Chaullacocha black water system, upon the river water level, we can access this wonderful system
by walking or by paddling a canoe. Then an exploration of the lake shores looking for wild life, like turtles, herons, and caimans,
and later in the day, a visit to the canopy tower, which is more than 80 meters high from which an impressive view of the forest can be seen from the top.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, river water level, and logistic reasons. Every night there will be additional activities such as conferences and flora and fauna overview.





From this view, 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 end, where the most amazing view will be waiting for you. After all those steps, sit back and enjoy of a delicious BBQ Amazon style and a cold drink at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will have an exploration walk, and later on, when we are back on board, we will have dinner and a brief lecture about the next day's program.

AT THE YASUNI THE PARROT SALT LICK AND THE ONLY ONE BIOLOGICAL RESERVE LIMONCHOCHA (LEMON LAKE)

DAY 8- PARROT'S LICK AND EXPLORING LIMONCOCHA LAKE

Visit to the wonderful Parrot clay licks, where hundreds of parrots, parakeets and parrotlets concur at these clay walls to lick the clay for nutritional propose; without a doubt, it is a beautiful display of color and sounds. Guests with the 4 night itinerary who arrived on Monday will visit the Water World Museum instead of the Parrot's Lick. In the afternoon, we will explore the Limoncocha lake, which is famous for the impressive bird species list that adds to more than 473 species. Also you can see how the indigenous people catch piranhas and many other animals like, fishing bats, the beautiful firefly at night, and with an adequate and potent flashlight, you can see the mystical black caimans (South American alligators). Then we go back on board for a farewell dinner.

BACK TO QUITO

DAY 9 - LEAVE COCA AND RETURN TO QUITO

The Manatee Amazon Explorer will arrive to the point where we started our adventure. Early morning trip back to the city of Coca to take the flight back to Quito.

On arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 10 - Transfer to airport in time for flight home


NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, river water level, and logistic reasons. Every night there will be additional activities such as conferences and flora and fauna overview.


PROGRAM INCLUDES

- All ground transfers as per itinerary

  1. -Transportation from the airport to the Manatee Amazon Explorer - Accommodations
    - All meals as specified

  2. -Meals on a B&B basis in Quito - please enquire for further details regarding hotels used
    - Guided Excursions

- Lagoon and river exploration - Swimming
- Bird Watching
- Jungle hikes

  1. -Indigenous communities visits - Informative conferences

  2. -Public liability insurance


All applicable taxes


PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Airplane ticket Quito - Coca - Quito 130.68 USD per adult (Rate subject to change without notice) - Yasuni National Park entrance fee + visit to the Parrot lick site 35 USD per person
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Tips and gratitudes

- Personal expenses
- Any additional service not mentioned in this document.

All International flights & Visa fees


Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)