Advantages of crusing in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest

Since a cruise has the advantage of mobility, Manatee Amazon Explorer can access to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, we get to remote places only ever visited by few fortunate!

• On our 8D/7N itinerary we can visit 4 protected areas: Yasuni National Park, the Cuyabeno reserve, Limoncocha and Pañacocha biological corridor.

• Since our sustainable operation involves 15 communities of the Amazon Region, our passengers have the opportunity to connect with the destination and generate memorable experiences by interacting with local people and with the wildlife on the same trip.

• Our itineraries are carefully designed and have the perfect combination of day and night excursions, on board events and recreational activities involving the different ecosystems that we visit and giving our passengers the advantage of interact with the unique wildlife of the region

• On board Manatee,our guests can weak up with an entirely new Amazonian scenery every day

• Our passengers enjoy the great commodities of Manatee Amazon Explorer: Cabins fully equipped with Air Conditioning, private bathroom with hot water and 24 hours electricity. Social

Areas: inside and al fresco dining areas, sun deck, library and Satellite TV and Internet access.

To see and experience the best of the Ecuadorian Amazon take a cruise on board Manatee Amazon Explorer !

Ventajas de un crucero Amazónico

Debido a que un crucero tiene la ventaja de la movilidad. Manatee Amazon Explorer puede acceder a sitios que ¡Nadie más puede hacerlo!

• En nuestro itinerario de 8D/7N podemos recorrer el Parque Nacional Yasuní, La Reserva Faunísitca Cuyabeno, La Reserva Limoncocha y El Corredor Biológico Panacocha en un solo viaje.

• Tendremos la oportunidad de conocer y compartir con 15 comunidades de la región Amazónica.

• La gran accesibilidad que tenemos hacia muchos sitios, hace que nuestros pasajeros tengan la oportunidad de conocer mayor cantidad de ecosistemas y biodiversidad.

• Nuestros pasajeros pueden disfrutar cada mañana la experiencia de despertar con un completamente nuevo y maravilloso paisaje amazónico.

• Disfruta de los servicios y facilidades que Manatee Amazon Explorer puede ofrecer: Cabinas totalmente equipadas con aire acondicionado, baño privado con agua caliente las 24 horas, electricidad.

• Áreas sociales: Comedores interno y externo (al fresco) , terraza, librería y sala de televisión.

"Amazon Love Affair"

When talking to Raul García, one gets the impression that his wife might somehow be jealous of the relationship he has with his company’s boat on the River Napo. The object of his desire is called the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Such is the passion and fervor with which Raúl describes the boat’s features itinerary, philosophy and guest experience, it’s surprising Martha García hasn’t filed for divorce yet.

The love affair began exactly 10 years ago, when “Capi” –as he is universally know –realised his dream of owning and operating his own boat on this Amazon tributary. He had worked aboard the (almost legendary) Flotel Orellana for 15 years.

While he captained the Flotel, he realised her many shortcomings that made operating in the region -with sediment-carrying rivers prone to create sandbars out of nowhere-could only be overcome with a new boat, whit a far shallower draft. The Manatee floats under a meter (2.5 feet) beneath the water, allowing her to glide from bank to bank along the rivers and tributaries of the Upper Amazon with ease.


The Manatee’s success and popularity lies in several factors, chief among her ability to penetrate the wildest and least-populate regions of the Ecuadorian Amazon –home to staggering biodiversity and soul -enriching beauty-without sacrificing comfort. Her cabins are amenable and air-conditioned, the food served on board prepared by highly-experienced chefs, living spaces allow for relaxation and evening briefings, a top deck is ideal for al fresco dining, and there’s even Wi-Fi on board.

From her base a short river ride downriver from the Amazon town of Coca, the Manatee offers guests two itineraries along the Napo and Aguarico river.
On the longer, 7-day journey, they will get to experience places far beyond the reach of land-based tourism, the boat allowing guests to get a real feel for not only the wildlife but also the lives for the people who inhabit this intriguing region. Throughout her journey, expert naturalist guides lead kayak, canoe or walking exploration of the forest, often in the company of local guides from indigenous communities.
Capi is keen to emphasise the joint ventures he has created and maintained with a number of communities along the rivers, with about a fifth of the company’s operating cost dedicated to these.
Diversifying the Manatee’s offer over the last year, programs now include weaving classes and cooking classes on board with the chefs. Mooring near to the river banks, guests can enjoy barbecues on land, and even spend a night in the deep forest with its version of “glamping” (posh camping).
The Manatee’s formula of exploration, safety, quality service and education has proved so popular that the company will launch a new boat for Amazon discovery in mid-July 2013: the Anaconda, a 40-passenger boat. Wider and longer and offering a more upscale experience than the Manatee, it somehow feel like Capi García is being unfaithful to his first love. But then one realizes that his true passion is in fact not so much for a boat but for the Amazon region itself-and of course, for Martha, his wife of almost 30 years…
   

Ñan Magazine | tales from the road

"Un Romance en el Amazonas"




“Al hablar con Raúl García, uno tiene la impresión de que su esposa estaría en todo su derecho de sentirse celosa de su relación que mantiene con el Manatee Explorer, barco que opera su empresa sobre el río Napo.
Dados la pasión y fervor con los que Raúl describe las características de la embarcación, itinerario, filosofía y experiencia para viajeros, sorprende que Martha García no haya pedido aun el divorcio.
La historia de amor comenzó exactamente hace 10 años cuando “Capi” -como le conoce todo el mundo  -realizo su sueño de poseer y operar su propio barco sobre este importante afluente del Amazonas. Empleado de Metropolitan Touring –el operador turístico más importante del país –durante 30 años, 15 de ellos los vivió a bordo del hoy (casi legendario) Flotel Orellana, se dio cuenta de sus defectos; sabía que para operar en la región con los sedimentos y la formación repentina de bancos de arena –necesitaría un barco cuyo calado fuera mucho más angosto. El Manatee flota con solo un metro de su construcción bajo agua, lo que permite deslizarse a lo largo de estos ríos perezosos del alto Amazonas con facilidad.

El éxito del Manatee radica en varios factores, entre los que están su capacidad de penetrar regiones más remotas de la Amazonía ecuatoriana sin sacrificar la comodidad del pasajero. Sus cabinas son cómodas y tienen aire acondicionado; la comida que se sirve a bordo es preparada por chefs altamente calificados; cuenta además con espacios de esparcimiento para que los pasajeros puedan descansar a cabalidad y una cubierta superior ideal para comer al aire libre. También hay Wifi a bordo.
Desde su base, a poca distancia río abajo, desde la ciudad amazónica de Coca, el Manatee ofrece dos itinerarios a lo largo de los ríos Napo y Aguarico. El más largo, 7 días de viaje, ofrece mayor alcance que los productos turísticos terrestres; el barco permite a los huéspedes tener una idea real de la vida silvestre y la vida de las personas que habitan esta fascinante región. A lo largo del viaje, guías expertos en naturaleza conducen exploraciones en Kayak, canoa y senderismo, a menudo en compañía de guías locales de las comunidades indígenas.
Capi está muy interesado en fortalecer sus vínculos con comunidades a lo largo de los ríos, y aproximadamente una quinta parte del costo operativo se revierte a las mismas.
 
El Manatee ofrece a sus huéspedes clases de tejido y de cocina a bordo con los chefs. Anclado a las riberas, los huéspedes pueden también visitar viveros de mariposas, disfrutar de parrilladas, e incluso pasar la noche en el bosque profundo en su versión de “glamping”
La fórmula del Manatee (exploración, seguridad, calidad de servicio y educación ambiental) ha demostrado ser tan exitosa que la compañía lanzará un nuevo barco para el descubrimiento del Amazonas  a mediados de julio de 2013. El Anaconda, un barco de 40 pasajeros, mas ancho y mas largo, ofrece una experiencia de mayor categoría que el Manatee. ¿Estaría el Capi García siéndole infiel a su primer amor? Claro, uno reflexiona que su pasión no es tanto por un barco sino por la región amazónica en sí…y por supuesto, por Martha su esposa de hace casi 30 años.”

Revista Ñan | cuentos del camino

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE TRIPADVISOR 2013

MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

Honored as a Top Performing Specialty Lodging at Yasuni National Park as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

QUITO, ECUADOR – 22, May, 2013 - Manatee Amazon Explorer today announced that it has received aTripAdvisor ® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
  
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. 
“Manatee Amazon Explorer is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Raul Garcia, CEO at Manatee Amazon Explorer. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”
“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About Manatee Amazon Explorer

Exploring the Amazon Basin can be approached in many ways, but probably the best approach is to do it all! Doesn’t that sound inviting? The Manatee Amazon Explorer’s flexibility as a comprehensive navigation adventure that takes visitors to many different visitor sites within the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin.
 

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Captain´s Blog: Manatee Amazon Explorer Garmin Adventures

Hemos creado estos Garmin Adventures y puedas bajarlas para tu Garmin GPS cuando vengas al Manatee Amazon Explorer, para esto debes tener BaseCamp de Garmin, aquí los links:

We have created this Garmin Adventures and you can download them to your Garmin GPS when you come to cruise with us, below the links:

CAPTAIN´S BLOG

UPDATE FROM THE M/N MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER
Time flies and march it is almost at its end, the new year 2013 bring us a lot of new cruising explorations and expeditions, starting January we were very happy to receive a group of students from the University of North Carolina, USA, they have the chance to spend one night camping in the middle of the Jatuncocha Lake inside of the Yasuni National Park, Kayaking, swimming stargazing, and many more things, they have a very enjoyable exploration cruise.

Follow that month SAGA continues with it is exclusive program In To The Amazon with the Manatee for the 5th consecutive year and all their clients enjoy very much cruising in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin onboard the Manatee.
We have a new menu, designed by the ecuadorian Chef Sebastian Villavicencio, a new mixture of amazon products will henhance your experience on board.

As in many occasions, we are continuing supporting indigenous communities in providing free transportation to their homes, scholarships to students
who wants to learn ecoturism and as always giving advice in their own ecoturism projects.

This 2013 we want to see you cruising with us and enjoying the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin.
See you soon !!!
Captain on board