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The Manatee Amazon Explorer reaches deep into areas of pristine Amazon Rainforest, bringing intrepid travellers into close contact with the extraordinary landscapes of the jungle, exotic plants and towering trees, remote communities and colourful wildlife. Guests stay in recently refurbished and comfortable air conditioned staterooms, stylishly decorated with panoramic jungle views from the balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is an on-board hot tub and observation deck area - perfect for soaking in the vistas in comfort.

Expert multilingual naturalist guides lead a wide range of revealing excursions on land, whilst the small fleet of motorised canoes provide unlimited mobility and allow for the extensive exploration of the most remote areas and inaccessible shores. More adventurous guests can even venture out after dark to look for caiman and the other secretive nocturnal creatures found in the heart of the rainforest.

For a supplement, it is also possible to spend a night glamping in the jungle - a unique and exciting experience.

  • Cabins
  • Route
  • Boat Specification
  • Activities & Adventures
Standard Twin Cabin

Standard Twin Cabin

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Standard Triple Cabin

Standard Triple Cabin

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Deluxe Double Cabin

Deluxe Double Cabin

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Deluxe Twin Cabin

Deluxe Twin Cabin

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3 night Amazon cruise

Enjoy a short cruise into pristine areas of the Amazon Rainforest. Visit a parrot clay lick, jungle community and observation tower.

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Enjoy memorable excursions by canoe

4 night Amazon Cruise

Venture into the Yasuni National Park to discover abundant wildlife, exotic plants and giant trees. Meet a local community and go canoeing in the river.

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Explore remote streams with your guide

7 night Amazon cruise

Go deeper into the Amazon with a more extensive cruise. Ample time to observe wildlife, canoe on the waters and meet remote communities.

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Boat Specification

What's included in the price

  • Transfers from/to Coca by motorised riverboat
  • All meals
  • All excursions by expert naturalist guides, including ponchos if required
  • Bottled water throughout the cruise
  • National park entrance fees
  • All the facilities of the comfortable Manatee
Vessel information
  • Built - 2017
  • Port of Embarkation - Coca, Ecuador
  • Vessel’s Registry - Ecuador
  • Type of Vessel - river expedition vessel
  • Length - 121 feet/37m
  • Beam - 30 feet/8.5m
  • Draft - 0.75m
  • Gross Tonnage - 214 tons
  • Cruising Speed - 12 knots
  • Electricity - 110/220 volts
  • Engines - 2 John Deere 435 HP Marine Engines
  • Generators - 2 x 80 KVA John Deere (Encapsulated for noise reduction)
  • Water - 4800 litre water treatment plant
  • Safety - GPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy, radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, satellite internet, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board
  • Launch Boats - 2 fibreglass ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the main vessel. 
  • Crew - 20 crew members including a captain, cruise manager, English-speaking native guides, crew members and staff
  • Accommodation - up to 30 passengers with private facilities
  • Suites - 14 Suites: 4 deluxe suites & 10 standard suites. All suites have large panoramic windows with a view, private balconies and include air conditioning system



Activities & Adventures


  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Birdwatching
  • Jungle Hikes
  • Canoe Excursions
  • Cooking Lessons – Traditional Dishes
  • Climbing the Observation Tower high in the Amazon canopy
  • Native Family Visit
  • Night Hikes
  • Briefings given by Expert Naturalist Guides
  • Demonstration of Regional Handicrafts
  • BBQ Pit
  • Traditional Amazonian Delicacies

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