Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise, Ecuador

  • One of two river cruises in Ecuador's Amazon region.

  • Explores Napo River, a major Amazon tributary, that continues into Peru. 

  • Includes Yasuni, Ecuador's largest national park, & Limoncocha Reserve.

  • 2018 Prices from £1,120 / $1,568 for 4-day cruise; £1,399 / $1,960 for 5-day. 

  • NB. Free domestic flights & category upgrade for couples. No single supplement. Book by Sept 30.

While it is true that the Manatee Amazon Explorer cruises in Ecuador's Amazon, not Peru's, it is part of an eco-system that does not recognise the border

The Manatee boasts over 20 years' experience operating in the pristine upper basin of the Napo River - which crosses into Peru to join the Amazon River near Iquitos - and Aguarico River. And after such sterling service, the Manatee was due a full refurbishment, which she duly received in 2017, so that all the fixtures and fittings are of the latest specifications and tastes. 

There are now four deluxe cabins, boasting their own private whirlpool bath, along with 10 standard cabins - all with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and private balcony.

Cruises begin in Puerto Francisco de Orellana, more commonly known as Coca, a half-hour flight from Quito, in eastern Ecuador. During the 4, 5 and 8 day itineraries, cosseted passengers explore parts of Limoncocha Biological Reserve and Yasuni National Park, Ecuador’s largest protected animal reserve.

Here, the willing, knowledgeable guides come into their own, as they share their wealth of information on the Amazon's tropical rainforest. They are supported by an expert crew, trained to maximise your comfort and welcome.

The Manatee has been specifically designed for the changeable conditions of Amazonia, while offering all the necessary comforts, as you explore Yasuni National Park, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest.

Climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the jungle canopy; explore blackwater river systems, in search of otters and turtles; meet indigenous peoples, who explain their way of life; hike forest trails, learning about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.

For the adventurous, there is the chance to paddle through the still waters of an Amazonian tributary, using one of the Manatee's two-person kayaks.

While, if you wish to experience sleeping in the jungle, without roughing it, there is the option of a night's 'glamping' under canvas, on longer itineraries (at an extra cost). 

This inspiring, affordable voyage is sure to provide many unexpected, astonishing encounters.