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 5 Day Anakonda Amazon Cruise
Experience the Ecuadorian Amazon on this five 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 pink river dolphins and black caiman, and interacting with indigenous peoples to learn about their culture and lifestyle.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 7 nights (3 nights in Quito and 4 nights aboard the M/V Anakonda) and 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 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)
After breakfast, you disembark on land for your first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience. It is on this morning adventure, where you will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.
After this extraordinary encounter with the Ecuadorian Amazon, you will enjoy lunch aboard. The ship navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary Pink River dolphin, Black Caiman and Anaconda. You may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as “the Stinky Turkey”. The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world. Throughout the day, the ship will continue navigating alongside the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border.
After such an incredible day in the Amazon, you will end the night accompanied by a delicious dinner and by local guides, ready to answer any and all questions pertaining to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Glamping is available (additional cost) for our more adventurous passengers. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
The ship will continue upstream, en route to the Pañacocha Lake (Piranha Lake, in the native Quechua language). Here you will marvel at the unique creatures that inhabit the area, including Common Squirrel Monkeys, and of course the infamous Piranhas.
The ecosystem of the Pañacocha Lake and its surrounding areas make it the perfect habitat for the Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish, known locally as Arawana, and the White Caiman. Later, you will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit an Authentic Indigenous home, belonging to the Oraco family.
After, you return to the ship for lunch and take a moment to relax while navigating upstream. After lunch, cultural lectures, documentary screenings, and hands on experiences regarding topics about local handcrafts and cuisine will be offered. In the afternoon, you will explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River, home to hundreds of Amazonian monkeys.
Unquestionably, after an entire day in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, you will have more questions than answers about the Amazon. Luckily for you, dinner will be accompanied by local nature and cultural guides who will make sure everyone on board is an expert on Ecuadorian Amazonia. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will 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 amazons every day.
Weather permitting, you will have a chance to visit this astonishing natural phenomenon. Later, you will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak about and share their customs, cuisine and daily life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture. The visit to the Sani Warmi community is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs. You will enjoy lunch on board, as the ship navigates to Puerto Pedro.
Before sunset, you will visit the Añangu Tower, which offers great photo opportunities after climbing a ceibo tree, and enjoy an astonishing view of the Amazon from its wooden tower. This is a great opportunity to do birdwatching activities. Weather permitting, and as an optional excursion, a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions). Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon ends here, as the ship heads 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 you will visit the Amazonian Turtles, followed by a brunch on board the ship.
After brunch, you disembark the M/V Anakonda and will be transferred by motorized canoe to Coca (one hour ride) for your return flight to Quito. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Quito. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices & Dates
Price per Person
- The above prices are valid until December 31, 2017.
Monday 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 $1,100 for single passengers, $900 per person for doubles, and $850 per person for triples, plus the cost of the international airfare (if we arrange it for you).