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Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest

Sail the Ecuadorian Amazon



12 Days

Prices Start from

£4,850 (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Romantic/Honeymoon Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers Families

This unique journey, which combines a remarkable sailing voyage through the Amazon Rainforest with a road journey through the volcanic mainland of Ecuador, is ideally suited to those seeking an exploratory (yet luxurious) wildlife adventure.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

M/V Anakonda, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador 1

Aboard the Anakonda

Sail aboard the only luxurious vessel operating in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Cotopaxi, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Ecuador 2

Avenue of Volcanoes

Marvel at the snow-capped Andes in the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Kayaking, Anakonda, Amazon Ecuador 3

Amazon Kayaking

Silently kayak down a tributary of the Napo River and spot incredible wildlife en route.

Amazon Children, Huaorani, Amazon, Ecuador 4

Indigenous Peoples

Venture deep into the Amazon Rainforest and spend time with its indigenous people.

Why we like it

Sail atop the rivers of the Amazon Rainforest in a panoramic riverboat-style vessel, trekking through dense forests and being immersed in indigenous cultures while still having the option to relax in an al fresco jacuzzi. To offset the heat and humidity of the rainforest, spend time in the high-altitude colonial capital city of Quito and in the crisp Avenue of the Volcanoes to marvel at the snow-capped Andean Mountains. Venture deep into the enchanting and little-visited Amazon Rainforest, interacting with indigenous communities and spotting incredible wildlife from dugout canoes. Participate in three daily guided excursions that include hiking through lush vegetation, watching as hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather to feast on mineral-rich clay pools, and wildlife watching from treetop canopy towers.

Explore the itinerary

  • Days 1-2
  • Day 3
    Quito - Coca - Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Day 4
    Sail the Amazon: Panacocha Biological Corridor
  • Day 5
    Sail the Amazon: Clay Licks & Amazonian Communities
  • Day 6
    Sail the Amazon: Indillama Napo River
  • Day 7
    Sail the Amazon: The Heart of Yasuni National Park
  • Day 8
    Sail the Amazon: Kichwa Family & Cooking Class
  • Day 9
    Sail the Amazon: Forest Adventure & Canopy Tower
  • Day 10
    Ecuadorian Amazon - Coca - Quito - Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Day 11
    Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Day 12
    Avenue of the Volcanoes - Quito
Sloth, Amazon
Sloth, Amazon
Curl Crested Aracari, Amazon Rainforest
Curl Crested Aracari, Amazon Rainforest
Squirrel Monkey, Amazon
Squirrel Monkey, Amazon

Welcoming Community & Rainforest Wildlife

From swimming in meandering muddied waters and eating an Amazon-style barbecue at a riverside clearing to interacting with Kichwa communities and kayaking atop mysterious creature-inhabited tributaries, this journey through the rainforest is an enlightening and exhilarating experience that feels like something out of a childhood storybook. From elusive pink river dolphins to infamous piranhas, the largely unexplored rivers and jungles of the Ecuadorian Amazon are inhabited by countless species of exotic creatures that include chattering squirrel monkeys, ominous anacondas, primitive hoatzins and lurking caiman.

M/V Anakonda, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador
M/V Anakonda, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

The Anakonda

In between adventure-filled Amazon escapades and after long and humid days spent in the rainforest, return to the luxurious comfort of the Anakonda. A traditional Amazonian river boat with the atmosphere and décor of a boutique hotel, the Anakonda is a panoramic vessel complete with observation deck and hot tub that travels as far as the Peruvian Amazon.

Horse Riding, Cotopaxi Volcano, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Ecuador
Horse Riding, Cotopaxi Volcano, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Ecuador

Avenue of The Volcanoes

Travel down a section of the Pan-American highway that is flanked by snow-capped active peaks and aptly named the Avenue of the Volcanoes. From the base of a charming traditional hacienda, travel to Cotopaxi National Park to follow one of many trails through the park on foot or on horseback, looking out for white-tailed deer, llamas and the giant Andean Condor.

Plaza de San Francisco, Old Town Quito, Ecuador
Plaza de San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador

Colonial Quito

Begin the adventure in the historic UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, renowned for its colonial buildings, cobbled streets and for being the highest capital in the world. Wander the cobbled streets of the city, visiting its artisan markets and perhaps venturing up Pichincha Volcano by cable car to take in stunning views of Quito from 4,100-metres.

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
Snorkelling with sea lions
Snorkelling with sea lions

Suggestion: Galapagos Islands Extension

To truly experience all that Ecuador has to offer, fly out to the remote and remarkable Galapagos Islands – the gem of Ecuador and a treasure of the world. The pristine archipelago, which is reachable in as little as two hours from the mainland, can be explored during eye-opening sailing voyages or through carefully planned island-hopping trips. For up close and personal encounters with fearless sea lions, penguins, tortoises, sharks, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas (to name very few), these islands are unmissable.

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As usual all aspects of this trip went like clockwork, even thought we were in South America where timings can be different to other parts of the world! This we put down to the work done by Paul and his knowledge of the country.

Destination: Ecuador
Travel Expert: Paul

Paul excelled himself in putting together our unusual itinerary to the Amazon Rainforest. He was conscientious, listened to what we liked and made excellent suggestions.

Destination: Amazon
Travel Expert: Paul

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