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MV Manatee Amazon Explorer

The MV Manatee Amazon Explorer is a comfortable 80 foot riverboat, custom built in 2002 for rainforest cruises. The Manatee offers 4, 5 and 8 day cruises along the mighty Napo River to explore the breathtaking flora and fauna of Yasuní National Park. 

The MV Manatee is spread over 3 handsome decks and features generous air-conditioned communal spaces including indoor and outdoor dining areas and an attractive sun deck and bar. There are 14 cosy, en-suite cabins which cater to a maximum of 30 passengers. The décor is light and breezy with large picture windows and bathrooms which feature massage showers and hot running water.  

All meals and excursions are included and each day, guests head out on guided walks, boat-trips and visits to indigenous communities accompanied by naturalist guides. Back on the boat, there are regular lectures on the resident wildlife as well as a small reference library and computer lounge with access to the internet.

The 3, 4 and 7 night cruises on offer are as follows:-

Explore Amazon – 4 days/3 Nights
Day 1 – Fly from Quito to Coca and embark the MV Manatee for the start of the cruise. 
After dinner, enjoy an optional night walk into the forest 
Day 2 – Navigate downstream to the Pañayacu River delta and explore the reserve by canoe. With luck, you will observe pink river dolphins, common squirrel monkeys and even white caiman. After lunch, you will explore the surrounding trails.
Day 3 – Visit the indigenous community and continue to the resident macaw clay-lick. After lunch, explore the local jungle trails before paddling downstream back to the Napo River.
Day 4 – Disembark the Manatee and return to Coca for your flight to Quito. 

Explore Amazon – 5 days/4 Nights
Day 1 – Fly from Quito to Coca and embark the MV Manatee for the start of the cruise. 
After dinner, enjoy an optional night walk into the forest 
Day 2 – Visit one of the local family homes and meet members of the Amazonian
community. After lunch explore the pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin, home to pink river dolphins, black cayman, anaconda and river turtles among others.
Day 3 – Explore the resident Morete palm forests, before continuing upstream visiting the larger islands. Optional Glamping.
Day 4 – Visit the indigenous community and continue to the resident macaw clay-lick. In the afternoon, visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, with over four hundred species of birds. 
Day 5 – Disembark the Manatee and return to Coca for your flight to Quito. 

Explore the Amazon – 8 days/7 nights
The full cruise is a combination of the two above itineraries.

Please call 1300 720 443 for more information on prices and departure dates.