Activity level: moderate/challenging
Date: Any date of the year
The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest is a unique living treasure. The ecosystems in this paradise harmonically interact with each other to maintain the natural balance of the environment.
The amazon basin is one of the most important natural places in the World, commonly identified as “the lungs of the World”; it is also a magnificent place to enjoy an incredible adventure by discovering mysterious untamed primary forest filled with life and enchanting landscapes.
We cannot imagine a more exciting way to discover the Rainforest than Cruising the Amazon River’s Ecuadorian tributaries on board an incredible River cruise. The journey allows you to enjoy activities like kayaking and swimming, daily/nightly tours through the jungle to spot monkeys, caimans, snakes, insects, spiders, birds and visit to ancestral Indigenous communities, camp-fire on an islet in the middle of the wide river and more.
The comfort and friendly service provided on board, experienced guides and crew plus delightful food are definitely the perfect complement to life a real adventure in the Jungle in style.
► DAY 01: Quito – El Coca – Napo River Details
Transfer from your hotel to Quito airport to board your flight to El Coca (30 minutes). On arrival, transfer to the dock and board the comfortable motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river; arrive to your Amazon Cruise and receive a warm/friendly welcome aboard followed by a briefing from our naturalist guides, who will provide you with informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon; afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to explore our cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River. After dinner, we will take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest’s nocturnal activity and vividly experience its biodiversity first-hand.
► DAY 02: Pañacocha Biological Corridor Details
Today we travel downstream to the Pañayacu River delta, where we will take a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake which means “Piranha Lake” in native Kichwa. This is a black-waters flooded ecosystem with surrounding protected rainforest that is home to primates and birds, and is the perfect habitat for piranhas, paiches (one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world), white caiman, and hundreds of other aquatic animals. You will participate in nature walks led by local naturalist guides, and relax at a nearby campsite, where you will enjoy an Amazon-style BBQ. After lunch. Kayaking and swimming activities are optional. Back on board the yacht where our guests will have the opportunity to attend a lecture and watch an educational documentary about the region.
► DAY 03: Clay-Licks – Amazon community & Observation tower Details
In the morning, set out on canoes to observe one of the most incredible sights on this side of the Western Amazon: the parrot clay licks, a site rich in minerals that attracts hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and amazon birds every day. Later in the afternoon, we will visit a Kichwa Cultural Center, where we will learn about Amazon communities and their ancestral culture, traditions, and cuisine. Members of the local community will teach us about indigenous lifestyles along the Napo River, and we will have the opportunity to support the community by purchasing handicrafts, local products, and souvenirs. Before sunset, we will visit an observation tower in the rainforest canopy, which offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the Amazon basin. Bird-lovers will especially enjoy this outing.
► DAY 04: Cruise – Departure Details
After having enjoyed an adventurous trip in the Jungle and the comfort of your Cruise, you will be transferred by motor-canoe for approximately 90 minutes to El Coca just in time to take your flight back to the Capital of Ecuador, Quito. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Hotel for a well-deserved resting time. End of our services.
This program can be modified as per your wishes: additional hotel nights, tours, more (5-8) days in the Jungle and more! Enquiry for a tailor-made package as we are experts building great itineraries according to your needs and preferences!
- Daily hiking mostly within primary forest to explore the pristine natural environment of the Jungle.
- Reach the deep jungle and most secluded locations comfortably sailing in your Yacht.
- Discover untamed amazing animal life with specialized bilingual and native guides.
- Kayak on small hand-crafted canoes along small river streams or lagoons filled with birdlife.
- Amazing Ecuadorian and international cuisine to delight your senses.
- Program trips ideal for families, couples, celebrations and adventurous groups.
Transfers to/from airport with assistance.
4-days Jungle river cruise program (or 5, 8 days) with all guided excursions/activities with expert bilingual and native guide, accommodation in hut/cabin with private facilities, all meals, snacks and river transfers from/to El Coca.
Drinking water, tea, coffee, welcome/farewell cocktail & some soft-drinks (natural juices).
Flight tickets Quito/ElCoca/Quito.
Visits and sightseeing according to schedule, which can be modified on-site with your guide.
Personalized 24/7 assistance.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDES
Hotel nights, tours and other services in Quito or other locations.
Personal expenses, tips, extras and soft/alcoholic drinks.
Full-coverage insurance: medical, travel, cancelation (mandatory).
Tour extensions in Ecuador, Galapagos and/or Peru.
Other services not specified in the program.