Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise – 4 days

Pink dolphin spotting, swimming with piranha fish, an Amazonian BBQ and more. If you’re short of time, but wanting to see as much of the Amazon rainforest as possible, this 4-day Amazon cruise is perfect for you!


This is a very special Amazon cruise ideal for those with limited time and takes you within Yasuní National Park and to the Pañacocha Biological Corridor. You have a choice between four, five and eight-day itineraries. It functions all year round. During the high water season, water levels rise and launch boats are able to explore deeper into the flooded rainforest. During the low water season the river recedes to create gorgeous sandy river beaches.
This Amazon cruise offers perfectly planned itineraries including onboard activities (cooking classes, handicrafts etc.) and rainforest excursions such as swimming, bird-watching, kayaking, canoeing, night walks and more.
The 98.5 foot cruise boat itself can accommodate up to 30 guests in its 14 cabins each with air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity (a luxury in the rainforest!), hot water, private bathrooms and comfortable beds. The kitchen serves national and international fusion cuisine using fresh local products. Communal spaces include an outdoor lounge, dining room, bar, observation deck, boutique while the 15-person crew includes paramedic, nature guides and local guides.

This tour includes

· Transport from the airport in Coca to cruise boat
· Accommodation
· All meals
· Unlimited water, tea and coffee
· Guided excursions: river and lagoon exploration, swimming, birdwatching, rainforest hikes, visits to local communities, informative talks and conferences

This tour does not include

· Airfare for the route Quito – Coca – Quito
· Beverages (neither alcoholic nor non-alcoholic)
· Community entrance fees ($60 for 4-day cruise)
· Tips and gratuities
· Wi-Fi
· Optional extras (e.g. glamping)
· Personal expenses
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Sample itinerary

Day 1 (Friday) - Quito - Arrival
30-minute flight from Quito to Coca. Motorized canoe trip to cruise boat. Evening walk after sunset to discover the rainforest’s nocturnal activity. Meals: -/-/D
Day 2 (Saturday) - Pañacocha Biological Corridor
You’ll take a canoe trip up river from the Pañayacu River delta in search of the amazing pink river dolphin. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters which are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha fish, water monkey fish and the white caiman. You’ll take a refreshing swim and enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ. You’ll then take some hikes along exploration trails before returning to the cruise boat for dinner. Meals: B/L/D
Day 3 (Sunday) - Parrot Clay Lick & Sani Warmi & Evening Walk
Morning visit to a parrot clay lick, an amazing Amazonian spectacle. You’ll then visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center to learn about Kichwa customs, cuisine and lifestyle. After lunch visit to Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre and evening walk through the forest. Meals: B/L/D
Day 4 (Monday) - Departure
Canoe trip back to Coca to catch flight back to Quito. Meals: B/-/-

Packing tips

Please read the packing tips included in our Amazon travel guide for more information.

Accommodation options

Standard Double Suite $1062
Standard Single Suite $1592
Children (under 12) $531


Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can create tailor-made tours to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget