Amazon River Cruises & Rainforest Expeditions
Manatee Amazon Explorer
This is a journey into a planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater –the vigorous Amazon River – represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. Its jungles power clouds across our skies, its trees are our damper against the effects of global warming.
WHY CHOOSE US
One of the important objectives of tourism ventures in such special natural environments is to create international awareness of their importance for our very own future survival, reflected in our love, care and respect towards the planet that gives us life. When highlighting Amazonia, an indisputable example of the extreme biology our planet possesses, we touch on the fact that difference is the structure of life, that every living being influences another, that balance can be made up of an infinite variety of weights, that as long as nothing overpowers anything else, the cycle of life will prevail.
Ecuador, by grace of nature itself, lies in a most astounding location. Not only is the country magnetically fascinating as it sits astride the Equatorial Line, and not only is it blessed by one of the most spectacular mountain ranges on Earth, the Andes Mountains, it is the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin (within protected areas such as the Cuyabeno and the Yasuní) where we find the largest congregation of animal and plant species in the world.
The experience is a magical one. Monkeys that can fit in your hand, unique bird hatchlings that still possess claws on their wings like their prehistoric ancestors, insects whose bodies emulate not only sticks, but half-dead leaf litter, furry spiders and gigantic snakes, palm trees that can “walk” and countless specimens that have not yet been identified by Science. As a longtime navigator of this Chosen Land, I can attest to the fact that the experience is a true ode to exploration.
We will look under leaf litter, climb to the tops of trees, we will silently lurk black-water streams and inch up on hundreds of parrots feeding, and we will navigate… we will navigate Orellana’s many paths in his search for the world’s most powerful river, the mighty Amazon, not only attesting to its marvelous biological diversity, but meeting the people and cultures that have been able to live in harmony within this pristine world, cherishing and keeping it as unchanged as possible.
Our experienced crew was assembled specifically to make your adventure the most enjoyable, educating and unforgettable, while our programming staff thought out the best possible itineraries so you could come back with the truest “big picture” of Amazonia, in all its cultural and natural glory. Always in support of the conservation of the protected areas we visit –Yasuní National Park, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Limoncocha Biological Reserve, etc. – traveling with us is traveling the right way… the way Amazonia was meant to be traveled.
On behalf of all of us at Manatee Amazon Explorer©, I want to thank you for your interest in navigating Ecuador’s Amazon Basin. Welcome aboard!Raúl Garcia - Company CEO
Terms & Conditions
FIT RESERVATION POLICIES
Reservations are deemed valid only upon Manatee Amazon Explorer's written confirmation, duly received by the client.
To hold a reservation, clients must deposit 20% of the total invoice within 5 business days once the reservation is confirmed. Our reservations system automatically eliminates all reservations that have not registered a deposit after the time limit specified above.
Manatee Amazon Explorer requires full payment 60 days prior to departure
FIT CANCELLATION POLICIES
Confirmation Date – 61 days prior to departure:
All deposits are non-refundable
60 – 00 days prior departure:
Full payment will be applied as the cancellation fee.
* In the event of cancellation, wire fees and credit card commissions will be deducted in the refund.
OPERATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Medical and Health:
Good physical health is required to best enjoy an Amazon River Cruise. Visitor sites are accessible by small, motorized boats, and will possibly require wet landings. Irregular terrain may be present during hikes and daily nature excursions, and embarking and disembarking occasionally requires a degree of physical effort. Hikes may last up to one hour. Travelers do not require malaria and/or yellow fever vaccinations, although they are recommended.
We advise travelers to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in order to reimburse the cost of air tickets and other non-refundable fees incurred during trip reservations in the case of unexpected cancellations. International medical, baggage loss, and airline delay insurance are also recommended. Unfortunately, reimbursements do not apply if you miss your cruise’s departure due to weather-related flight cancellation. Flight cancellation is beyond our control and to maintain proper operation standards we must adhere to our schedules.
M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to replace the cruise vessel when required (i.e., force majeure or mechanical failure). Should travelers not agree to the adjustment, M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer reserves the right to cancel the trip, offering a pro-rata refund per cruise night not used or, alternatively, offer credit toward a future cruise onboard M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer
Visit to Amazonian Communities and Parks:
A portion of excursions take place within protected areas, and visitors are required to comply with these area’s rules and regulations. Naturalist guides will inform passengers of these rules. M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer, represented by its onboard guides, reserves the right to deny disembarkation to any passenger that ignores or violates these regulations.
M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer requires written notification 30 days prior to departures from travelers requesting specific dietary needs. Every effort will be made to cater to these dietary needs, as long as the products are available in Ecuador
We are conscious of the impact that the tourism industry could feasibly have on the environment, and that is why we are committed to applying responsible and sustainable practices in our operation.
The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew.
We take a morning flight out of Quito to the frontier town of Coca, officially named Francisco de Orellana in honor of the explorer who discovered the Amazon River.