Departing from Quito, fly to the Amazonian city of Coca (30 minutes). Transfer to the dock and board a motorised canoe, journeying along the river to where the vessel is moored. You will be warmly welcomed aboard by the staff and your naturalist guides, who will provide an informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon. After dinner, enjoy your first excursion on a nightime forest walk.
This morning the vessel travels downstream to Pañayacu River delta. Enjoy a canoe trip to Pañacocha Lake home to both piranhas, caiman and the pirarucu – one of the world’s largest freshwater fish. Discover the surrounding rainforest on a guided walk, keeping an eye out for various bird species, and different bird species. In the late afternoon, relax onboard and listen to a lecture on the region.
Parrot clay licks and Amazon communities
This morning you are treated to one of the Western Amazon’s most incredible sights – the famous parrot clay licks. The clay licks are rich in minerals that attract huge quantities of colour parrots, parakeets and other species. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Kichwa women’s community project. Learn about their indigenous lifestyle, fascinating culture and learn about the Charapas Turtle Conservation project.
Yasuni National Park
Enjoy a kayak excursion this morning along the Indillama River to Yasuni National Park. The kayaks are comfortable, smooth and silent providing a fantastic opportunity to spot wildlife. Relax onboard this afternoon making the most of the observation deck. This evening, guests can choose to unwind or take a night walk through the jungle in search of some of the rainforests nocturnal species.
Yasuni National Park and Secoya Community
Explore the lower Napo River this morning keeping an eye out for different bird species. This afternoon explore the Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. This area is one of the very best places to see the legendary pink dolphin. Get involved with the Martinica community and participate in the pink dolphin conservation program. The Cocaya area provides a safe haven for the dolphins to live without the risk of being hunted. The Secoya people will show guests how to prepare traditional cassava bread during your visit.
Today begins with a visit to a small Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, where guests will be able to learn about local community life. Enjoy a cooking class onboard with the expert chef who will show you how to cook some traditional Ecuadorian fare. The afternoon is for relaxing onbaord, making the most of the facilities. Relish a chance to taste a few cocktails in the bar, read a book in the lounge, take a dip in the open-air hot tub or enjoy the opportunity to get out in a kayak.
Canopy Observation Tower
This morning begins with a visit to an observation tower located in a giant kapok tree. The tower offers sensational 360° views of the forest canopy. In the afternoon, take a forest walk and learn about the endemic plant and wildlife species of the region. A possible sighting includes the rare and unique hoatzin, also known as the “stinkbird”.
This morning marks the end of a special week-long Amazon cruise adventure. Return to Puerto Providencia and enjoy one last motorised canoe trip back to Coca where your tour ends.