Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise – 8 days

Taking a cruise down through the Amazon rainforest is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry! This eight-day Amazon cruise will take you through parts of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Yasuní National Park, Limoncocha and the Pañacocha biological corridor, to see the incredible wildlife, including the elusive pink river dolphin.


Description

This cruise boat offers four, five and eight-day itineraries and visits Yasuní National Park, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Limoncocha and Pañacocha biological corridors. 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 ($70 for 8-day cruise)
· Tips and gratuities
· Wi-Fi
· Optional extras (e.g. glamping)
· Personal expenses
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 
 

Sample itinerary

Day 1 (Monday) - Quito - Arrival
30-minute flight from Quito to Coca. Canoe trip to cruise boat. Evening walk after sunset to discover the rainforest’s nocturnal activity. Meals: -/-/D
Day 2 (Tuesday) - Border with Peru (Yasuní National Park)
Daylight tropical rainforest exploration to learn about the relationship between plants and animals in the heart of Yasuní National Park. After lunch canoe excursion to spot pink river dolphins, black caimans and anaconda, as well as river turtles and monkeys. Meals: B/L/D
Day 3 (Wednesday) - Community visit & Island Exploration
Morning visit to local school on banks of Napo River. On board lecture and documentary while cruising downstream. Afternoon exploration of one of the largest river islands on the Napo River. Meals: B/L/D
Day 4 (Thursday) - Observation tower & Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Visit 100-foot high observation tower to get a birds eye view of the rainforest. Afternoon visit to Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a protected area home of 478 bird species and several monkey species. Evening black caiman spotting. Meals: B/L/D
Day 5 (Friday) - Indillama River or Napo River
Choice of excursions. Either take a kayak along the Indillama River, one of the afluents of the Napo River which passes through Yasuní National Park, for some amazing wildlife observation. The other option is a canoe ride along the Napio River. Meals: B/L/D
Day 6 (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 7 (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 8 (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

Price
Standard Double Suite $2123
Standard Single Suite $3186
Children (under 12) $1062

 

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