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.
Experience unmatched elegance at the JW Marriott Quito Hotel in Ecuador, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and Andean Mountains. Located in the heart of the city, the JW Marriott is located on the famous Amazonas Avenue and features an amazing atrium lobby where you can enjoy a martini or espresso while enjoying the view. Amenities include spacious guest rooms and suites with magnificent views, high-speed Internet access, in-room safe and luxurious bedding. On-site restaurants offer innovative Ecuadorian and international cuisine while the tropical gardens and resort-style pool offer the perfect backdrop for some relaxation. There is also a fitness centre as well as full spa onsite.
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.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
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"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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