CRUISE AMAZONAS MANATEE ECUADOR

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The 4 day 3 night tour aboard the Amazon Manatee cruise Ecuador, allows our guests to experience incomparable adventures in total comfort. Travel with us along beautiful freshwater rivers, both white and black waters, and discover the different Amazonian ecosystems and fabulous fauna where you will find pink dolphins, manatees, monkeys, caimans, piranhas, as well as hundreds of species of birds.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - FRIDAY: QUITO - COCA - RIVER NAPO

Our adventure begins in the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. After taking a 30 minute flight to the Amazonian city of Coca, located in the province of San Francisco de Orellana, we move to the dock to board our motorized canoe that will take us about an hour and a half by the river, enjoying the first landscapes and sounds of the glorious Amazon, up to the Manatee Amazon Explorer, where we will receive a warm welcome on board.

Once installed, local naturalist guides, experts who know this prodigious environment, will provide a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, after which, guests will have their first opportunity to discover the different facilities on board the cruise: extensive social areas, comfortable rooms and a spectacular observation deck that allows us to admire the changing landscape of the jungle while we We slide down the Napo river.

After dinner, we will dive into the depths of the Amazon rainforest with a short walk to observe the nocturnal activity of the forest, stimulating our senses with the sounds and aromas that emerge from this wonderful biodiversity.

DAY 2 - SATURDAY: BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR PAÑACOCHA

We continue sailing downstream to the mouth of the Pañayacu River, where we will make a canoe trip to discover the attractions of this fabulous lake reserve. Pañacocha is an ecosystem flooded with black waters whose name means "piranha lake" in the native Kichwa language. In this protected tropical forest there are 9 species of primates, 500 species of birds and more than 100 species of fish. This is the ideal habitat for the Piranhas, the Arawana (the so-called "mono water fish") and the White Cayman.

In this little paradise, we will walk on trails with our naturalist guides and relax in a nearby camp where we are waiting for a Delicious Amazon BBQ with refreshing drinks and traditional delights of the area. After lunch, we will sail in kayak and the bravest can enjoy a nice swim in the Pirañas Lake, we promise that it is not as dangerous as it sounds!

Back on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer, we will have the opportunity to attend a conference given by our naturalist guides and watch an educational documentary about the region.

DAY 3 - SUNDAY: SALADERO DE LOROS - COMUNIDADES AMAZÓNICAS & TORRE DE OBSERVACIÓN

In the morning, we will embark on canoes to observe one of the most fascinating experiences on this side of the Amazon: the pardos or parrot clay licks. This unique place is rich in minerals and attracts hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets and Amazonian birds every day of the year.

Later, we will visit a Kichwa Cultural Center, where we will learn about the Amazonian communities and their ancestral culture, their traditions and gastronomy. The members of the local community will teach us about the lifestyles of the indigenous people who live on the banks of the Napo River. We will also have the opportunity to support the local community by purchasing handicrafts, local products and other souvenirs made with their own hands.

Before sunset, we will visit an observation tower in the canopy of the rainforest, which offers an amazing 360 degree view of the entire Amazon basin. It is a privileged opportunity to take photos. Both bird lovers and the most inveterate ornithologists will especially enjoy this excursion.

DAY 4 - MONDAY: RETURN

Here ends our adventure! We will enjoy the last leg on board and disembark the Manatee Amazon Explorer to take the motorized canoe back to Coca (one and a half hour trip).

Included

The 4-day and three-night tour of the Amazonico Manatee cruise offers a comfortable bar and spacious social areas, a cozy reading room, spa, an exclusive restaurant with exceptional cuisine and a relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi on the observation deck, standard cabins (double, double and triple) that offer: air conditioning, private balconies, panoramic windows and private bathroom with hot water.

ACTIVITIES: Swimming, Kayaking, Bird watching, Hiking, Canoe excursions, Traditional cooking classes, Visits to observation towers over the treetops, Visit to native families, Night walks, Talks by expert naturalist guides, Demonstration of local crafts , Parrilladas al aire libre, Tasting of traditional Amazonian delicacies, Observation of stars.

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Tips

Nothing that is not included in the program

What to bring?

Passport (and a color copy saved separately), Comfortable walking shoes, or tennis shoes, Walking cane (optional), Lightweight pants (more than two), IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO WEAR JEAN TROUSERS !, 3 or more shirts Long sleeves and short sleeves, or blouses, Vests with pockets are very useful to carry photo equipment and other accessories, A windbreaker jacket or sweater for windy afternoons, Water-resistant cotton socks (one pair per day), An umbrella Small and sturdy (one), Shorts (minimum one), T-shirts (minimum three), Bathing suit / bathing suit, Cotton underwear, Hat or cap, Sunscreen, Glasses, A flashlight with extra batteries, Binoculars (can be rented on board), a small waterproof backpack (can be purchased on board), repellent, camera with additional batteries and memory cards, personal first aid kit, plastic covers to store wet clothes, your own medications, yes proceeds. Do not forget them! Cash money - we also accept credit cards on board.

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Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are , Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolívar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.