This inspiring adventure that we propose provides unexpected possibilities, full of amazing rainforests landscapes on the natural reserve “Cuyabeno”. We visit the National park Yasuní (The biggest in Ecuador) and we travel through the calm waters of the Panacocha River. Climb into an observation tower to enjoy a unique perspective of the jungle, we navigate in the dark water rivers of the Amazon and we walk into snaking paths and we get to know indigenous villages. All this happens while you enjoy the comfort and the excellent service of the Anakonda Cruise
Observe amazing flora and fauna of the Amazon region including Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys, Piranhas and much more.
Enjoy cultural and ethic encounters with locals, learning about their everyday lives.
Shopping for local handcrafts and souvenirs.
Explore local jungle trails in one of the most amazing environments in the world.
Paddle down the river whilst observing some of the most fascinating sights of the reserve.
Itinerary in Brief
Wednesday to Wednesday
Day 1: Quito - Coca - Napo River
Day 2: Border with Peru
Day 3: Meeting the Community - Activities on Board - Island Exploration
Day 4: Observation Tower - Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Day 5: Indillama & Napo River - Yasuni National Park
Day 6: Visiting the Panacocha Biological Corridor
Day 7: Parrot Clay Licks - Sani Warmi & Yasuni National Park
Day 8: Coca - Quito
Day 1 - Wednesday
Quito - Coca - Napo River
Morning departure from Quito (a short 30-minutes flight) arriving at the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana); transfer to the Río Napo port; journey by motorized canoe downstream (ninety minutes) to board the M/V Anakonda, all the while observing the ever-changing forest-clad riverbanks of the silty-brown headwaters of the Amazon River. Soon after boarding, the M/V Anakonda will start navigating downstream, a great opportunity for observing from our sundeck the amazing flora and fauna of the region. After lunch, an initial outing on one of our trails will introduce you to the wonders of the tropical rainforest, an easy walk that will bring you to your first encounters with the Amazon Basin. 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.
Day 2 - Thursday
Border with Peru
After a delicious breakfast we will disembark to visit one of the local family homes. During the visit, we will have the opportunity of meeting representative members of the Amazonian community, learning from their culture, talents and ways of life. We will understand how these giving and joyful people live, utilize and protect their resources, and how the cherish the fragility of their ecosystem.
After lunch, the M/V Anakonda 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. We 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.
Day 3 - Friday
Meeting the Community - Activities on Board - Island Exploration
Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.
We return on board the M/V Anakonda for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.
Day 4 - Saturday
Observation Tower - Limoncocha Biological Reserve
Breakfast is served on board. In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.
In the afternoon, we visit the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, an incredible natural reserve with over four hundred bird species and many monkey species. This activity will extend into the evening when you will have the chance to spot Black Caiman. Evening return to the M/V Anakonda.
Day 5 - Sunday
Indillama & Napo River - Yasuni National Park
Today you have the option to kayak through one of Napo River's effluents that goes into the Yasuni National Park, the Indillama River. Great excursions for wildlife observation, kayaks are great silent vehicles to flow down river.
Or you can choose to go in a canoe ride in search of more wildlife through the Napo River. It's up to you!
Day 6 - Monday
Visiting the Panacocha Biological Corridor
We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.
Day 7 - Tuesday
Parrot Clay Licks - Sani Warmi & Yasuni National Park
Breakfast served on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia know as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, we will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing phenomenon.
Later we will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Centre, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the centre in order to showcase their culture, this is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs.
Day 8 - Wednesday
Coca - Quito
We head back to the city of Coca to take the morning flight back to Quito. The canoe ride upstream takes around one hour.
Departs - Weekly
Suites and Cabins
Suites and cabins on the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise are groundbreaking in every sense. For some reason, no one ever thought it possible, or even convenient, to bring all the perks of creature comfort to Amazon cruising in Ecuador. The Anakonda now does, offering up to 20 square-meters worth of space to unwind in suites, with private balconies, Jacuzzis, and full-frame panoramic windows that offer you just that much more of the Amazon’s sights and spectacles.
The Anakonda Cruise Vessel is your portable hotel across the Amazon Basin, bringing unprecedented comforts and service to a remote, wild and exciting destination. Perks include a common reading room, a boutique store, a bar-salon, an al fresco lounge, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a solarium and awe-inspiring observation deck, a main indoor dining hall, all of which are conceived to make the vessel a veritable extension of each and every cabin or suite that makes up this once-in-a-lifetime Amazonian experience.
Its capacity of a maximum of 40 passengers make the Anakonda Amazon Cruise the ideal size for both people seeking evasion and privacy, and those open to making friends during their adventure.
Deck Plan: Anakonda Expedition Vessel
Suites: 18 suites:
4 Deluxe Suites with balconies
14 Standard Suites (4 interconnected)
- All outside-facing with large panoramic windows
- All in-suite sitting areas
- All with air conditioning system
- Full sized beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, bathroom
with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of
- Hot water available 24-hours
Social Areas:- Bar-lounge / Conference room
- Indoor Dining Room
- Outside lounge with 'al fresco' dining facilities
- Spacious sundeck with two outdoor Jacuzzis and lazy chairs
Port of Embarkation: Coca, Ecuador
Vessel's Registry: Ecuador
Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel
Length: 148 feet/ 45m
Beam: 30 feet/ 9m
Draft: 5 feet/ 1.5m
Gross Tonnage: 280 tons
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: 110 / 220 volts
Engines: 2 x 80 KVA John Deere (encapsulated for noise reduction)
Water: 10000 litre water treatment plant
Safety: GPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy. Radio communication
with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and
signals, fire extinguishers, sprinklers and smoke detectors in each
cabin, automatic defibrillator on board
Launch Boats: Three fiberglass ecological canoes equipped with
four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the
main vessel. Each canoe has a capacitty of 30 passengers
Crew: 25, including a purser, paramedic, 4 english-speaking
naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain, concierge and crew members
Accommodation: Up to 40 passengers with private facilities
Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
On board accommodation
Programmed visits according to itinerary with a certified naturalistic guide
Unlimited water, coffee and tea
All meals while on board
What's Not Included
Transfers to and from Quito's airport
Communities entrances fee (US $60.00 per person for 8 day cruise)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Tips and gratuities
Entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
Additional fees apply to children under 12 years old
Optional Glamping available, ask us for more information