Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure

8 days from $2 995 pp*
  • Witness the fascinating spectacle of the parrot clay licks.
  • Search for legendary pink river dolphins as you cruise the Amazon.
  • Embark on a private guided city tour of the highlights of Quito.
  • Visit a forest community and get to know the locals.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Quito
    Quito
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Quito
    Quito
    • Private - 1/2 Day Colonial City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Quito to Coca to Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise to Yasuni National Park to Amazon Cruise
    Quito to Coca to Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise to Yasuni National Park to Amazon Cruise
    • Transfer - Private - Quito Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Quito - Coca [Direct - (30 min)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Shared - Port - Coach/Driver
    • Embarkation
    • Dinner on Board
    • Community Entrance Fees
    • Optional - Group Nocturnal Forest Walk - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Amazon River Cruise to Amazon Cruise
    Amazon River Cruise to Amazon Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Local Family Visit - Guide
    • Canoe Trip in the Amazon Basin - Canoe/Guide
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Amazon River Cruise to Amazon Cruise
    Amazon River Cruise to Amazon Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Flooded Forest & Monkey Island Exploration - Guide
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Amazon River Cruise to Amazon Cruise
    Amazon River Cruise to Amazon Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Local Culture Encounter - Guide
    • Parrot Clay Licks Visit - Guide
    • Limoncocha Biological Reserve Visit - Guide
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Amazon River Cruise to Coca
    Amazon River Cruise to Coca
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Disembarkation
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport - Coach/Driver
    • Coca - Quito [Direct - (30 min)] - Economy
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Quito

Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel

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.

Quito
Quito
JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito

Day 2: Quito

A wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito Historic Centre, first city in the world to be declared by the UNESCO as “World Cultural Heritage” in recognition for its architectonic and artistic value. Narrow and sometimes steep streets surrounded with a great exhibition of classic architecture combined with colonial style houses, gracious flowered balconies, charming squares and more than 50 monumental churches, convents, monasteries, cloisters and historic monuments. A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this spectacular visit; this convent has the best exhibition of architectural and religious art in the colonial city. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf; it takes you back in time and dazzles with its supreme beauty.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel
Quito Ecuador
Quito Ecuador

Day 3: Quito - Coca - Amazon River Cruise - Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise - Yasuni National Park - Amazon Cruise

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.

Accommodation: M/V Anakonda

The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. It was built to make the experience of the Amazon the most comprehensive and unique adventure possible! Its eighteen suites feature ample sitting areas, large and comfortable beds. The vessel comes complete with an expansive observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi and an al fresco lounge, ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. The vessel also features 3 canoes for guest transportation to land excursions and activities and 10 kayaks, as well as hammocks, naturalist tour leaders and a travel concierge, who will go out of his way to personalize your experience, making the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise a savory, unforgettably exciting treat!

Amazon Cruise
Amazon Cruise
M/V Anakonda
M/V Anakonda

Day 4: Amazon River Cruise - Amazon Cruise

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.

Accommodation: M/V Anakonda
Pink River Dolphins
Pink River Dolphins

Day 5: Amazon River Cruise - Amazon Cruise

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).

Accommodation: M/V Anakonda
Impressive Nature
Impressive Nature

Day 6: Amazon River Cruise - Amazon Cruise

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.

Accommodation: M/V Anakonda
Local Culture
Local Culture
Parrot Clay Lick
Parrot Clay Lick

Day 7: Amazon River Cruise - Coca

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.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

JW Marriott Hotel: Quito

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.

JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito Lobby
JW Marriott Quito Lobby

M/V Anakonda: Amazon Cruise

The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. It was built to make the experience of the Amazon the most comprehensive and unique adventure possible! Its eighteen suites feature ample sitting areas, large and comfortable beds. The vessel comes complete with an expansive observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi and an al fresco lounge, ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view. The vessel also features 3 canoes for guest transportation to land excursions and activities and 10 kayaks, as well as hammocks, naturalist tour leaders and a travel concierge, who will go out of his way to personalize your experience, making the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise a savory, unforgettably exciting treat!

M/V Anakonda
M/V Anakonda
M/V Anakonda Lounge Area
M/V Anakonda Lounge Area
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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