Anakonda Amazon River Cruise
Travel on board the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, the only luxury ship cruising 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, commodities and services of a 5-star boutique hotel on board with us in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAmazon Cruises, Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
Our 40 guests aboard the 148 foot-long M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise may enjoy a wide variety of wine and fine dining, complete with the all-inclusive comfort of a five-star boutique hotel. Our 18 suites, each with an area over 215 square feet, feature sitting areas, large and comfortable beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. The observation deck with the outdoor Jacuzzi and our al fresco lounge are ideal places to have a cocktail, to relax with a good book or simply enjoy the spectacular view
- Transportation to and from Coca airport and M/V Anakonda
- Accommodation on board
- Scheduled visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide.
- Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee and tea.
- All meals on board.
- Transportation to and from Quito airport
- Air Ticket Quito – Coca – Quito ($170 per person – subject to change)
- Admission to communities and parks ($50 per person – subject to change)
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Personal expenses
- Other services not specified in the program
Sunday: Quito – Coca – Napo River
We have itineraries of 3,4,5,7 and 8 days, depending on your preferences. This is an example itinerary of 8 days
Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour, to board the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruise. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River.
Immediately after boarding the M/V Anakonda, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.
Visiting the Pañacocha 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.
Clay licks – Sani Warmi & Yasuní National Park
Breakfast on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known 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 natural phenomenon.
Later we will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture, and it 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.
After lunch, we will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).
Indillama & Napo Rivers – Yasuní National Park
In this day you have the option to kayak trough one of the afluents of the Napo River that goes into the Yasuni National Park, the Indillama River. Great excursions for wildlife observation, kayaks are a great silent vehicle to flow down river.
Or you can choose to go tin a canoe ride in search of more wildlife through the Napo River. It’s up to you!
Border with Peru (the heart of Yasuní)
After a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we 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, the M/V Anakonda navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as ”the Stinky Turkey”. The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.
For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program
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.
Parrot’s clay lick – Limoncocha biological reserve
Breakfast on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known 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 natural phenomenon. We will also visit a small community arts and crafts shop, an excellent place to find souvenirs to take back.
In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Anakonda for dinner.
In the morning, disembark the M/V Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride); flight to Quito.
- BUILT: 2013
- PORT OF EMBARKATION: Coca, Ecuador
- VESSEL’S REGISTRY: Ecuador
- TYPE OF VESSEL: River Expedition Vessel
- LENGTH: 148 feet / 45 m
- BEAM: 30 feet / 9 m
- DRAFT: 5 feet / 1.5 m
- GROSS TONNAGE: 280 tons
- CRUISIN GSPEED: 12 knots
- ELECTRICITY: 110 / 220 volts
- ENGINES: 2 John Deere 435 HP Marine Engines
- GENERATOR RS: 2 x 80 KVA John Deere. (Encapsulated for noise reduction)
- WATER: 10000-liter 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 ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the main vessel. Each canoe has a capacity 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 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
SUITES FEATURES: Full sized beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries 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
The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the only luxury cruise liner in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Its 18 suites each with an area of 215-258 square feet, are equipped with air conditioning and 24-hour electricity, each with a private bathroom with hot water and all necessary amenities, allowing our guests to enjoy their cruise with nothing to worry about. To accommodate families, Anakonda offers four interconnected suites.
Passengers can socialize in the dining room, bar, observation deck with outdoor Jacuzzi, and in the al fresco lounge. There is also a small boutique where one can purchase souvenirs, or perhaps some vanity products that may have been left behind at home. Our guests will be assisted by our 25-person crew, including a concierge, purser, paramedic, 4 skilled nature guides, and 4 local guides.
Travelers on board the Anakonda Amazon Cruises will enjoy a wide variety of national and international fusion cuisine. We take traditional and well-known cuisine from all over the world and adapt it using fresh, local products. It’s not unusual for our guests to enjoy unique fare such as Quinoa Risotto or fish prepared in coconut sauce.
The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise operates year round. Every trip is unique, based on the changing seasons. During the high water season, when the water levels of rivers and inlets grow, launch boats are able to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low water season, the river recedes to form beautiful sandy river beaches.
The Anakonda Amazon River Cruise departs from the port city of El Coca, Ecuador. Coca has 3 daily flights from Quito, Ecuador’s capital. The flights are 45 minutes.