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M.V. Manatee Amazon Explorer - Napo River, Ecuador

 Amazon Rain Forest Ecosystem

The Amazon Region contains the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the world’s largest river, and perhaps the greatest diversity of wildlife to be found anywhere.  It is home to more than 4000 species of birds, 2000 species of fish, 60 species of reptiles, including the Caiman and the Anaconda, and a great variety of mammals.


Trees along the Napo River in Ecuador - Manatee Amazon ExplorerHike in Terra Firma Forest

This hike will lead us under the gigantic trees, for a close view of the rain forest floor to see how the lower plants complete for sunlight, among vines and epiphytes, observing the flowers and fruits that are the nourishment of the animals and birds.  


There are plenty of opportunities to swim in the Amazon basin’s rivers and lakes.  Or just go into the water to freshen up and relax. 

MonkeyNight Excursions

Whether by paddle canoe or short walk, the feel of the tropical rain forest at night is an entirely different experience. 

Short or medium length walks

These are included daily in the Amazon rain forest.  One of the walks will be accompanied by a native guide, who will introduce you to the secrets of the medicinal plants and their applications. 

Canoe excursion on the Napo River in Ecuador - Manatee Amazon ExplorerCanoe Trips

This wide, white water river, which itself flows into the Amazon. The dense, green walls of gallery forest are broken occasionally by the small holding of the Quiches settlements as you navigate downstream.  The canoe trips along the rivers are excellent opportunities for viewing parrots, macaws, and herons and rivers turtles.  

Paddle native canoes

There are many opportunities if you wish to paddle native canoes on the small black water rivers and lakes, alone or in small groups. 

Explore small rivers 

Vines among the trees in the Amazon Rainforest - EcusdorBy motor canoe explore the small river’s still waters observing the vegetation of its banks: huge kapok and palm trees.  The surprising pink dolphins may appear at any bend of the river.  This is a great place to spot toucans, parrots, eagles and many other birds. 

Bird Watching  

Birdwatchers are offered the opportunity of early morning outings - the best time, when the birds are very active. 

Conference by naturalist 

Each evening, the naturalist guides will discuss different topics related to the Amazon rain forest. Its flora, fauna, bird life, native communities and many other subjects. 

In addition to our rainforest explorations, another important feature of the program will be our visits to the homes of forest residents.  We will visit and learn what their lives are like, living on the edge of this vast trackless forest.  A walk through their gardens is always interesting and we will learn their survival skills, which permit them to continue living in the complex tropical forest environment.  Almost all forest dwellers collect plants for medicines and we will talk to them about which plants they collect and their uses.  During our voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with many different communities that live along the shores of the Napo River Basin.  

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