We just returned from a four day trip on the Manatee Explorer. It is an experience which we will cherish for a very very long time.
Food - excellent. You will surely gain a bit of weight as the Chef makes some delicious food. We are vegetarians, so the options for us were a bit limited. The special yellow sauce is awesome and we even took the recipe for it from the Chef.
Cabins - are a bit small. Ensure that you have only the relevant clothing with you. It can take a while before the water gets hot in the shower.
Daily activities - your typical day starts early morning at around 5.00am and by around 6.30 you are out on the canoe. These guys know how to keep your day fully packed. The trip to the Cuyabeno reserve, Yasuni National Park were excellent. We saw a lot of wildlife (pink dolphins, parakeets, tucans, snakes, all kinds of insects and birds) etc. The weather changes quite suddenly and you have to be ready for it. These guys accordingly change the plans to suit the weather.
Milton, our guide was great. He has a great eye and is a good asset for the Manatee Explorer. At the end of the trip, he made a CD of all the photographs that he clicked of us and not to mention, he had some fantastic shots as well.
Luckily for us, we were only 6 guests for the whole trip. We had the most amazing time with two couples from the UK and had some fascinating conversations.
Our regret - couldnt do the 7 day trip rather than the 4 day trip. Highly recommend that you should do the 7 day trip rather than the four day one. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE TRIP!!!!
- 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 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