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The Amazon Cruise

9 days – 8 nights

The amazon region was recognized as one of the new seven world wonders. Ecuador has the privilege to share the amazon with other countries, but “Yasuni” is one of the richest places in this region. Fortunately, Yasumi belongs to Ecuador and we try to preserve it very well. This tour will take you to the heart of the jungle, visit the Yasuni and enjoy the experience in a comfortable ship cruise.

Day1: Arrival to Quito

Upon arrival at Quito airport, you will meet your guide, he will transfer you to your hotel.

Situated in a circle of Andean peaks, Quito is the world’s second highest capital, with arguably one of the finest settings in the world.  Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was an important part of the Inca Empire, before being destroyed and re-founded by Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Benalcázar in 1534.

The colonial center – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978 – is one of the largest and best preserved in Latin America. It is home to excellent museums, churches and art galleries.

Overnight: Quito

Meals: -/-/-

Day 2: Quito city tour and Equator

Quito tours

Quito, the colonial city

Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas, visiting some its most important churches such as the impressive Cathedral, majestic Compañía and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. We begin the tour the quirky Guapulo quarter; take in the Congress building, before heading to the Old Town. We finish the day at the “Panecillo” hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city surrounded by the rolling Andes Mountains.

As an addition to the Quito Colonial City Tour, we travel to “Equatorial line” complex. Its monument is located at the latitude 0º 0´0″ and provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to straddle both hemispheres, or hop between the two in the blink of an eye. The monument forms the focal point of a park and leisure area with gift shops and restaurants. The site occupies an important place in the solar-based Andean cosmo vision, since ancient Andean people were aware of its significance many thousands of years ago. The Ethnographic Museum at the complex provides a fine overview of Ecuador’s varied cultures and geography.

Overnight: Quito

Meals: B/-/-

Day 3: Amazon Cruise: Quito – Coca – Napo River

The cruise in the Amazon

: Departure from Quito.  A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.

Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Overnight: Amazon Cruise

Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Amazon Cruise: Border with Perú (The hearth of Yasuní)

After a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.

After lunch, the M/V Manatee 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. We 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. For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program.

Overnight: Amazon Cruise

Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Amazon Cruise: Meeting the community – Island

Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.

We return on board the M/V Manatee for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream.  We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.

Overnight: Amazon Cruise

Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Amazon Cruise: Observation tower – Limoncocha

In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.

In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Manatee for dinner.

Overnight: Amazon Cruise

Meals: B/L/D

Day 7: Flight to Quito

The amazon journey ends

In the morning, disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1 ½ hour ride); flight to Quito. At  Quito’s airport somebody will be waiting to take you at your hotel.

Overnight: Quito

Meals: B/-/-

Day 8: Quito 'Six Senses'


Quito Six Senses

After arriving from Otavalo, we will experience Six Senses Tour Quito. It is a unique and innovative program that is fixed with psycho-sensory experiences in which every perceptive human senses are involved. The Six Senses Tour Quito was born as an innovative experience program by Latin Trails, which Psychology and sensitive methods are combined; giving to our guests a complete life experience on ancient places and typical meals in the marvelous City of Quito. Enjoy a city tour of Quito combined with this wonderful experiences. You can check out the options in Quito Six Senses Tour 

Overnight: Quito

Meals: B/L/-

 

Day 9: Transfer out

The adventure ends. We will take you to the airport.

Meals: B/-/-

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Included

1 Privates transportation
2 Meals detailed in the itinerary
3 Hotel accommodation
4 Amazon cruise

Not Included

1 International flights and airport taxes
2 Additional meals and drinks (soft & alcoholics)
3 Tips and personal expenses
4 Travel and medical insurance
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