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Manatee Amazon Explorer
Reviewed 17 June 2010

I was a bit apprehensive when I first saw the Manatee sitting in the Napo River in Ecuador, but looks in this case are very deceiving. A great boat with an exceptional crew, wonderful guides, good food, and just a really enjoyable time. I was on the boat four nights, but I think an extra day or two would have been really nice. We were also very lucky that we had only 12 guests on board. The rooms were a bit "cozy" but very comfortable. All in all, a great way to see the Amazon basin in Ecuador. I'd go back.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

The Manatee Amazon Explorer provides a comfortable way to explore the interior of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Recently, we spent four days on the Manatee Amazon Explorer. The trip begins with a flight into Coca, then an hour and half trip in an open boat down the Napo River to where you meet up with the Manatee. The boat is an amazing refuge in the midst of the Amazon rain forest. With a dozen two person staterooms and a couple of larger ones, each with its own shower and bath, it provides comfortable accommodations while providing access to various refuges, national parks, and wildlife centers along the river. Typical days involve transferring to small canoes for trips up small rivers and lakes, hikes through the rain forest, and sometimes nighttime hikes or canoe trips through the forest. Sightings include many exotic birds, parrots, bats, insects, frogs, snakes, and caymans. Back on board, the meals, served in a spacious dining room, are fantastic. A large lounge and bar area also doubles as a theater and lecture hall to review the day's sightings and photos. Our English speaking guide showed care and concern not only for us but for each and every tiny critter of the rain forest. The boat manager and his crew could not have been more helpful. The rain forest is hot, humid, and sometimes it even rains. After a long day of exploring the rivers and trails, hot showers, good food, and an air conditioned stateroom were a welcome relief.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

The Manatee it is an excelent river cruise, you visit indigenous communities, they help the people in the Amazon of Ecuador.
The most important thing it is that you cruise to 4 protected areas: Yasuni National Park, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Pañacocha Biological Corridor and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, where you can see a lot of fauna, flora and indigenous people and at the same time help protect the Amazon Basin

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 February 2017
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Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 November 2016
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 November 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2016
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Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Manatee Amazon Explorer

Address: Quito Office: Gaspar de Villarroel 1100 y Av. 6 de Diciembre Edificio Ritz Plaza, Yasuni National Park 17-11-6646, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Yasuni National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Yasuni National Park
Price Range: $226 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Although expedition cruising by its very nature is characterized as adventurous, the safety of our staff and passengers is of paramount importance to us. The brand new 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. The canoes used for daily shore landings are rugged and versatile and are operated responsibly by experienced personnel. Onboard you will be fully briefed on all pertinent safety issues and concerns, as well as our environmental policy; passengers also receive appropriate and detailed briefings before each landing. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Manatee Amazon Explorer Hotel Yasuni National Park
Manatee Amazon Explorer Ecuador/Yasuni National Park

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