Join the voyage of a lifetime along the earth’s mightiest river — the Amazon. Traveling around Ecuadorian Amazon is, in fact, a remarkable experience. This unforgettable event may occur while you walk through the forest and meet a troop of Red Howler Monkeys moving above the canopy, or when you spot a pair of brilliantly colored Scarlet Macaws darting through the treetops. Not only well known for its fantastic diversity of flora and fauna, the Ecuadorian Amazon is also home to an incredible variety of fascinating inhabitants and cultures. During your voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with many different communities that live along the shores of the Napo River Basin. This most inspiring journey will include an untamed wilds within the Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador), and the quiet stills of Limoncocha (Lemon Lake), where you will climb canopy observation towers, inch down black-water jungle streams, walk the understory through meandering trails and meet the sacred peoples of the Amazon forest.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.
Enjoy a five hour private guided tour of Colonial Quito and discover the Middle of the World on a private guided tour with lunch included.
The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city of Quito, or, to give it its full name; "San Francisco de Quito" is recognized as the largest and best preserved colonial city in the Americas. Sights of interest include the gothic styled Basilica of the Heart of Jesus; dwellings with architectural influence from the Spanish Conquistadores (visible in the tiled roofs, forged iron rode balconies and beautifully carved doors), the heart of Quito - Independence Square, which is flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop´s palaces, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús meanwhile, is a magnificent example of the baroque style in Latin America.
From there, your driver and guide will bring you approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of downtown Quito, to visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition built one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the earth in a complex which replicates a Spanish-American village. You'll also have the chance to visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Private transfer from your hotel to the airport, for your flight to Coca.
Enjoy a direct flight from Quito to Coca. The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes.
Upon collection of your baggage, a group transfer will bring you to Rio Napo port. From here, you'll journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board your cruise vessel, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom. Soon after boarding, your ship will start navigation downstream, a great opportunity for observing the amazing flora and fauna of the region from the sundeck.
Community entrance fees are including in your itinerary pricing.
After dinner, enjoy an optional nocturnal walk into the forest to discover the mysteries of this unique environment, and see how life emerges in the dark, right before your eyes.With a spotlight, you'll be amazed how your guide is able to find and illuminate multiple creatures who are still active at this point in the day. You'll see plenty of eyes reflecting the light back, and for closer creatures, you'll get a good look at what they are. It's quite an experience.
After breakfast, you'll disembark to visit one of the local family homes. Here you'll have the opportunity to meet representative members of the Amazonian community, learning from their culture, talents and ways of life. See how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how they cherish the fragility of their ecosystem.
After lunch, your ship continues navigation towards one of the most pristine black-water systems of the Amazon Basin, home to legendary Pink River Dolphins, Black Cayman and the enigmatic Amazonian Anaconda. Aboard a canoe, you may also spot river turtles and a series of monkey species such as the Black-mantled Tamarin, Red Howler or Squirrel Monkeys, as well as Three-toed Sloths and the primitive Hoatzin, a bizarre bird locally called ‘Stinky Turkey’ (Pavo Hediondo). The canoe trip upstream will reveal the overwhelming beauty of this aquatic jungle world.
This morning, you'll set out as a group to explore a swamp forest from the comfort of a high-rise boardwalk, a very good chance to discover the wildlife that frequents these "moretales", or Morete palm forests, where birds, primates and different aquatic creatures congregate. From there, you'll visit a local home where funerary urns from the XVII century have been discovered and excavated.In the later part of the day, you'll spend time exploring one of the larger islands where many surprises can be found.For the more adventurous guests, optional Glamping for the night is possible (not included, please enquire).
Today you'll enjoy a group cultural & ethnic encounter with the locals. You'll spend some time at one of the forest communities to learn about their everyday lives. Here you can take advantage of the opportunity to shop for local handcrafts and souvenirs.
Later on, the group will head over to the Parrot Clay Licks, a great place to witness one of the most fascinating wildlife spectacles in Amazonia. Here, noisy flocks of the green parrots gather and jostle for position as they gnaw away at the earth, looking for nutrients to supplement and perhaps neutralize the effects of certain toxins absorbed from their diet.
In the afternoon, your group will visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible natural reserve with over four hundred bird species. The reserve is also home to a sizeable population of tortoises, as well as a diverse array of fish species. The lemon-green color of the water from microscopic algae is what gives the reserve its name. With your guide, you'll set out to search for Black Caiman after dusk.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and board a 2-hour motorized canoe transfer back to Coca.
A group transfer will take you from port to the Coca airport for onward flight back to Quito.
Enjoy a flight from Coca to Quito. The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes.
Welcome to Quito Ecuador and the JW Marriott Hotel Quito, where you will be greeted by an awe-inspiring atrium entrance. This hotel in Quito is one of the top-ranked Ecuador hotels according to Tripadvisor and Frommers. The guest rooms feature magnificent views of the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the city, including the famous snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano. The JW Marriott is located next to the popular La Mariscal neighborhood, host to many Quito restaurants and bars. The hotel is close to the famous old city which is a Cultural World Heritage Site, and is just two hours to Otavalo, the largest craft market in South America. What sets the hotel apart is the resort type heated pool, the large fitness facility, and relaxing treatments available in the spa. Many vacation travelers and incentive groups stay at this hotel in Quito before or after their cruises to the Galapagos Islands.
Travel on board the M/V Anakonda, the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, and experience the Amazon in a most unique way! Visit the remote and pristine areas where few have had the opportunity to travel, and interact with the region’s 15 local communities, while enjoying the comforts, facilities and services of a 5-star boutique hotel on board in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The 40 guests aboard the 148 foot-long M/V Anakonda may enjoy a wide variety of wine and fine dining, and the observation deck with two outdoor Jacuzzis and the al fresco lounge are ideal places to enjoy a cocktail, relax with a good book or simply appreciate the spectacular view.
December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
"Well, Cindy, we’ve been home for a week but I can’t stop replaying every day of our wonderful holiday in my head! It was all that I had hoped for and MORE! We enjoyed all of the locations we visited – the beauty of the landscapes, the sight of wildlife, the rich culture & interesting history of Argentina & the outgoing, positive attitude of its people. Our guides were terrific – so friendly & knowledgeable & helpful & enthusiastic! We had no delays or difficulties & our accommodations were outstanding. Have I mentioned that it was a FABULOUS holiday??!!! My thanks to you for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure. "
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December 12, 2014
"Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond. "
December 12, 2014
"Wow! All my life, I have planned and organized our trips, requiring considerable research and contact time--not to mention, most significantly, all the stress involved at each destination to make sure all connections are made. This time, I put it in the hands of some extremely capable people--and sat back and relaxed. And relax I did! We were booked into full-service, quality accommodations at all times; our transport and tour guidance were all on an individual, private basis, except where public transportation was in order; and--most valuable to us--we were met and assisted through all travel/hotel connections. We truly felt pampered. At one point, in fact, we had a problem with an immigration paper that we had lost, and a Kensington representative personally accompanied us through the whole process of replacing it--even though we were officially "on our own" that day. That's what makes the difference--the responsibility and accountability toward clients. Kudos to Kensington and to our representative, Brandi Merchant. We are already planning more travel and see no reason to look any further than to an agency that has earned our trust. "
December 12, 2014
"We had a wonderful time on our trip. The accommodations were all great. The guides and drivers were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were very happy with our choice of destinations and with the way the trip was organized. It was a lot of flying in two weeks but well worth it. Erika was able to accommodate a short-notice addition (Nazca Lines) to our trip which we appreciated. Thank you Erika for your help. Great trip!!"
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
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Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
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