We were on the Manatee for 4 nights. It was a fantastic experience enhanced greatly by the excellent guides and crew. Ernesto is the best guide we have ever had. He is passionate about the Amazon basin. One nice touch was that Ernesto or Milton ate with us at every meal and both were usually in the bar during the evening giving us a chance to ask further questions.
The boat needs refurbishing (hence I have not rated it excellent) but is still acceptable. The cabins and bathrooms are small but this is to be expected on a boat. We were lucky we were only 8 passengers on board and it was very spacious. The food was Ecuadorian and we found it very good.
All in all an excellent experience.
- 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