Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure

8 days from $4,411 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 with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Quito
    Quito
    • Tour - 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
    Quito to Coca to Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise to Yasuni National Park
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Quito - Coca [Direct, 30 min] - Economy
    • Transfer - Shared - Port - Coach/Driver
    • Embarkation
    • Community Entrance Fees - 3N/4D
    • Dinner on Board
    • Optional - Group Nocturnal Forest Walk - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise
    Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Tropical Rainforest Experience - Guide
    • Canoe Trip in the Amazon Basin - Canoe/Guide
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise
    Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Local Culture Encounter - Guide
    • Napo River Island Exploration - Guide
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise
    Amazon River Cruise to Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Observation Tower 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

For your added comfort, an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside of customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting private driver and vehicle, and will also accompany you to your accommodation to assist with check-in.

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.

Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Quito
Quito
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito

Day 2: Quito

Tour through the streets and main squares of Quito’s historic center, the first city in the world to be declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in recognition of its unique architectonic and artistic achievements, on this private-guided tour. Journey through narrow and sometimes steep streets surrounded by outstanding examples of classic architecture and colonial style houses, graciously flowered balconies, charming squares and more than 50 monumental churches, convents, monasteries, cloisters and historic monuments. You will also visit the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo; this convent exhibits some of the finest architectural and religious art in the colonial city. While visiting the Convent of Santo Domingo, walk through the colossal doors and learn about the beautiful ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf alongside your expert guide. Please note that when it is raining, the floors of Santo Domingo Church are quite slippery; please ensure you have appropriate footwear. Upon completion of this tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Quito Ecuador
Quito Ecuador

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

Enjoy a private transfer to Quito airport alongside a professional driver and English-speaking guide.

Board a flight in Quito with service to Coca. The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes, is included in your tour price, and is non-refundable.

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!

Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Amazon Cruise
Amazon Cruise
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  M/V Anakonda
M/V Anakonda

Day 4: Amazon River Cruise - Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise

After breakfast, you'll disembark on land for your first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where you will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn.

 

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
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Amazonia Rainforest
Amazonia Rainforest
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Canoe Trip
Canoe Trip

Day 5: Amazon River Cruise - Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise

Today you'll enjoy a group cultural & ethnic encounter with the locals. You will visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where you will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.

Return on board the M/V Anakonda for lunch and a moment to relax while navigating upstream.  A lecture will be offered and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area.

 

This afternoon you will explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River. This river is one of Ecuador's physical features and winds through one of the most ecologically diverse regions of the world.

 

Accommodation: M/V Anakonda
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Local Culture
Local Culture
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wildlife
Wildlife

Day 6: Amazon River Cruise - Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise

In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, you will see a unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.

 

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
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tortoises
Tortoises

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: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  JW Marriott Quito Lobby
JW Marriott Quito Lobby

M/V Anakonda: Ecuadorian 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!

Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  M/V Anakonda
M/V Anakonda
Ecuador & Amazon Cruise Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  M/V Anakonda Lounge Area
M/V Anakonda Lounge Area

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Jeffrey G — November 07, 2017 — South America

    We had a great trip. It was well planned and every detail was considered. The per-planning discussion with Kensington was methodical and they exercised great patience as we went back and forth on plans. The guides were terrific and the overall experience was very enjoyable. We’ve used Kensington on two safaris previously and we will use them again and again...

  • Ian D — October 06, 2017 — South America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip and loved all the tours and accommodations. We would definitely use Kensington again.

  • Tanya M — November 07, 2017 — South America

    From our awesome organizer Adriana to all the amazing guides like Natalie, Albert, Rumi and Abel..the trip was fantastic!! We had gorgeous, breath-taking accommodations (granted we were at Peruvian high altitude) and wonderful food/excellent service..we felt cared for, safe, catered to like rock stars!! So luxurious. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

  • Nancy R — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Gonzalo Lima was an excellent guide. As was Erick on the hike. Sarah as our agent was very helpful for the planning!

  • Thomas R — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Everything (and I mean to the smallest detail) was taken care of and near perfect. As always, Kensington did an exceptional job in arranging a wonderful itinerary, providing every amenity and service, and taking care of even the smallest of details. Well done!

  • Lori W — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Peru was amazing and with the help of Kensington it made the trip smooth sailing. Never once did I feel uneasy or unsupported and we had the best of care and accommodations throughout. Our guides were amazing and we had the flexibility to make changes as we desired. Seriously one of the best trips ever! Thank you!

  • Steve C — November 07, 2017 — South America

    Awesome trip that we will remember for a lifetime. Great itinerary, guides and service. We will definitely use Kensington again for our special trips.

  • Steven L — September 08, 2017 — South America

    Our guides were great - One of the great advantages of the Arena Leme Hotel was the proximity of Forte Duque de Caxias. We loved the view from the top and the presence of lots of marmosets.

  • Jeanne T — November 07, 2017 — South America

    We had a lovely time. Enjoyed all our guides, drivers and accommodations. Chaza did a great job in planning. Great job to all!

  • Arthur F — September 08, 2017 — South America

    Everything was great!

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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