Discover the wonderful flora and rich wildlife of the Amazon Basin on this 8 Days expedition cruise aboard the Small Ship Anakonda. Explore the Yasuni, Ecuador’s largest National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Kayak along black waters escorted by otters and turtles, climb observation towers to enjoy a unique perspective of the jungle, and hike eternal green trails.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF:
Day 1: Quito | Fly to Coca | Embark
Day 2: Panacocha Biological Corridor
Day 3: Parrot's Clay Licks | Añangu Tower
Day 4: Indillama and Napo River | Yasuni National Park
Day 5: Yasuni National Park
Day 6: Visit to a Local Community | Island Exploration
Day 7: Forest Adventure | Observation Canopy Tower
Day 8: Disembark | Coca | Fly to Quito
NOTE: 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 Motor Vessel Anakonda Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.
SUNDAY: QUITO – COCA – NAPO RIVER
Our adventure begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, we will transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon, until we reach the Anakonda Amazon Cruise and receive our welcome aboard. On the Anakonda, we will be joined by expert local naturalist guides, who will provide us with a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon; afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to explore our cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River. After dinner, we will take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest's nocturnal activity and vividly experience its biodiversity first-hand.
PAÑACOCHA BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR
We will travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, where we will take a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake (“Piranha Lake” in the native Kichwa), an ecosystem flooded by black-waters. The surrounding protected rainforest is home to primates and birds, and is the perfect habitat for piranhas, paiches (one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world), the white caiman, and hundreds of other aquatic animals. We will participate in nature walks led by local naturalist guides, and relax at a nearby campsite, where we will enjoy an Amazon-style BBQ. After lunch, we will do some kayaking and swimming activities. Back on board the Anakonda, our guests will have the opportunity to attend a lecture and watch an educational documentary about the region.
PARROT CLAY LICKS – AMAZONIAN COMMUNITIES & OBSERVATION TOWER
In the morning we will set 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. Afterwards, we will visit a Kichwa Cultural Center, where we will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach us about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River, and we will have the opportunity to support the community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs. Before sunset, we will visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin. Bird-lovers will especially enjoy this outing.
INDILLAMA NAPO RIVER – THE NORTHERN SIDE OF YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK
We will begin the day kayaking on the Indillama River towards Yasuní National Park. Kayaks are smooth and silent, providing the very best opportunity to observe wildlife. Canoes can also be used to travel in search of more wildlife. After an adventure-filled day, guests can take advantage of our observation deck and experience a magical view under the stars. Our more energetic guests can choose to unwind with a night walk through the jungle in search of nocturnal creatures.
THE HEART OF YASUNI NATIONAL PARK (HOME OF THE LEGENDARY PINK RIVER DOLPHIN)
Early in the morning, we will visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, we can also find anacondas, river turtles, and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey”. In the afternoon, we will take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.
KICHWA FAMILY & LIFE ONBOARD
We will start the day off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, where we will receive the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. We will then board the Anakonda for lunch as we continue upstream. Guests will participate in a cooking class with our expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian. Guests are also invited to try their hand at traditional handicrafting or enjoy our onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from our Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at our Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from our Observation Deck.
FOREST ADVENTURE & OBSERVATION CANOPY TOWER
Our guests can relax and enjoy the Anakonda Amazon Cruise during the morning and disembark to explore the nearby forest and discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin. In the afternoon, we will visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top as we loom above the lush treetops and look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening we will take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.
Depart Coca - Quito
This is where our adventure ends! Enjoy the final part of our return journey, then disembark the Anakonda Amazon Cruise to take the motorized canoe 90 minutes back to Coca.
- Built: 2013
- Port of Embarkation: Coca, Ecuador
- Vessel’s Registry: Ecuador
- Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel
- Length: 148 feet/ 45m
- Beam: 30 feet/ 9m
- Draft: 5 feet/ 1.5m
- Gross Tonnage: 280 tons
- Cruising Speed: 12 knots
- Electricity: 110 / 220 volts
- Engines: 2 x 80 KVA John Deere (encapsulated for noise reduction)
- Water: 10000 litre water treatment plant
- Safety: GPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy. Radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, sprinklers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board
- Launch Boats: Three fiberglass ecological canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the main vessel. Each canoe has a capacitty of 30 passengers
- Crew: 25, including a purser, paramedic, 4 english-speaking naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain, concierge and crew members
The all-suite Amzanon River Cruise Vessel Anakonda features 18 outside-facing cabins with private facilities, ranging from 215 to 258 square feet. The staterooms are well-appointed with floor-to-ceiling windows, a large bathroom with massage shower while the suites are even larger with a balcony and Jacuzzi tub. The interior of the ship and each stateroom has individual climate controls to keep things nice and cool. Four Deluxe Suites have balconies, and there are 14 Standard Suites, four of which can be interconnected (great for families). Each suite features a sitting area, 110/220 electricity, full-size beds that can be converted to queen-sized beds and private bathrooms with a shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and basket of toiletries. Hot water is available 24 hours.
Four Deluxe Suites feature balconies, in-suite sitting areas, air conditioning, private bath and large panoramic windows.
Fourteen Standard Suites feature in-suite sitting areas, air conditioning, private bath and large panoramic windows. Two sets of Standard Suites can be interconnected for families.
- River Transportation.
- Accommodations in Single, Double or Triple Staterooms.
- All Meals (B, L, D), snacks, etc.
- Purified Water
- Excursions in the forest (all kind).
- Visits to Native Communities.
- Excursions Leaders (Biologists, Zoologists, Botanists, etc).
- Lectures by our Excursions Leaders.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Airfare Quito/Coca/Quito, approx UD$230 per person (pp) plus taxes
- National Parks entrance fees US$70 pp (4 & 5 Day Cruises) & US$ 80 pp (8 Day Cruise)
- Satellite internet (subject to connection) US$15 for entire duration of cruise
- Soft Drinks or alcoholic beverages
- Optional Glamping night ~ US$450 pp
- Airport Taxes
- Cost of medical emergencies including evacuation
- Souvenirs or additional services
- Travel Insurance
- Items not mentioned in the inclusions list.
NOTES: 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 M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.