Depart to Quito. After passing through immigration and customs, proceed to the reception area, where our representative will be holding a sign with your name on it. You will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Quito.
Quito and 4 Day Anakonda Amazon Cruise
Experience the Ecuadorian Amazon on this four day cruise aboard the luxurious Anakonda. Starting in Quito, you will have a city tour and then visit the Middle of the World Monument. You will then fly to Coca to meet up with the ship, and navigate along the Napo River through Yasuni National Park. Highlights of the cruise include canoeing on Pañacocha Lake, observing parrots and other birds at a clay lick, and interacting with indigenous peoples to learn about their culture and lifestyle.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 6 nights (3 nights in Quito and 3 nights aboard the M/V Anakonda) and 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners).
Best Time to Go: June-November.
In the morning, you will have a city tour of Quito. You will explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas, and visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compania and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. You will drive through the traditional neighborhood of San Juan and finish the morning at the Panecillo hillside, with its breathtaking views of the old and modern parts of the city.
Following the city tour, you will be driven to the “Middle of the World City” complex, which is located 11 miles north of Quito. Here, you will see the monument of the equatorial line, a 98 ft high stone trapezoidal monument with a brass globe on top. The monument forms the focal point of a park and leisure area with gift shops and restaurants. Overnight in Quito. (B)
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes you to the frontier town of El Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where you will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about one hour, to board the M/V Anakonda.
Since safety on board is of utmost importance, navigation will not begin until a safety evacuation drill has been completed. Throughout the journey you have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and sand banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding the ship, you continue navigating downstream. This will be the first of many opportunities you will have to enjoy the exciting features of the ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views.
Once you have comfortably settled into your suite, you will be joined by local naturalist guides who will give you a complete and condensed introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Following this Amazonian induction, you will enjoy dinner under the mesmerizing sunset. An evening walk is organized after sunset; giving you the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity while listening to the incessant sounds of nature. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,D)
Navigation continues 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) you will be marveled by the unique creatures that inhabit the area: squirrel monkeys, and of course the infamous Piranhas. Pañacocha’s Lake ecosystem makes 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!), you will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, you 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 the passengers, you 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 the evening briefing. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
After breakfast on board, weather permitting, you will have a chance to marvel at an astonishing natural phenomenon as you set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles located on this side of the western Amazonia, 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 you will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak and share their customs, cuisine and daily life with you. These women created the center in order to showcase their culture. The visit to the Center is a unique opportunity to learn about the Amazonian lifestyle along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs.
Afterwards, you will enjoy lunch on board, as the ship navigates to Puerto Pedro. Weather permitting and as an optional excursion, you could make a short stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, where you can climb a ceibo tree and enjoy an astonishing view of the Amazon from its wooden tower. This is a great chance for birdwatching activities. Your trip into the Ecuadorian Amazon, ends here, as we will begin our trip back to Itaya. On your last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon, you will enjoy a farewell cocktail with all of the ship’s staff. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1.5 hour ride) for your return flight to Quito. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Before sunrise, the ship will navigate towards Itaya, where you will disembark and be transferred by motorized canoe to El Coca (one hour ride). From Coca, you will fly to Quito. Overnight in Quito. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices & Dates
Price per Person
- The above prices are valid until December 31, 2017.
Friday departures throughout the year.
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Accommodations on board the M/V Anakonda.
- All meals scheduled on board and others as indicated on the itinerary.
- Unlimited water, coffee, and tea during the cruise.
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Quito-Coca-Quito airfare ($200).
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Community entrance fee ($70).
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Gratuities to ship crew and guides (suggested $15/day for ship crew, $10/day for naturalist guides).
- Internet Wi-Fi.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of international airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Group Private: All services in Quito are private and all services in the Amazon are operated on a group basis.
Elevations: Quito is 9,350 feet above sea level.
Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Ecuadorian embassy in their country before traveling.
Luggage Restrictions (Local Flights): One piece weighing 23 kg. (50 lbs.) or two pieces weighing a total of 23 kg. (50 lbs.).
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: Call or email us to confirm the availability of this ship and the domestic airfare for your desired dates of travel. Once we have confirmed availability, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 for single passengers, $850 per person for doubles, and $800 per person for triples, plus the cost of the international airfare (if we arrange it for you).