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.
This is a journey into a planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater –the vigorous Amazon River – represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. Its jungles power clouds across our skies, its trees are our damper against the effects of global warming.
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On behalf of all of us at Manatee Amazon Explorer, I want to thank you for your interest in navigating Ecuador’s Amazon Basin. Welcome aboard!
Raúl Garcia - Company CEO
Manatee Amazon River Cruise in Ecuador
During this trip you will be active, and for this reason we recommend that you travel as light as possible. Here we also give you some hints about all the things you'll need to bring for your trip.
Contact the closest embassy or consulate office to get up-to-date information on visa requirements, or alternatively, consult your travel agency. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ORDER.
Please contact your family doctor for the most recent requirements. All countries require a valid passport (valid for at least six months). We also recommend that all travellers take a first-aid kit with them. For your personal wellbeing, we suggest that you consult your doctor if you suffer from any kind of medical condition that could affect you during your trip. If you carry prescription medication with you, or if you have any medical need in particular, please bring a letter from your doctor with you explaining your medical condition and the dosage of medication that should be administered. By doing this, our doctor and personnel onboard will know how to attend to your medical needs in the best possible way, and in case of an emergency, this information will be important to have ready for the pertinent medical authorities. We suggest that you consult your family doctor about routine travel immunizations that may include vaccines for tetanus, hepatitis A, or diphtheria. It is recommended that senior travelers receive vaccinations for both influenza and pneumonia.
Travelers have the obligation to exercise their common sense and precaution at all times. Tourists must respect and adhere to their itineraries and predetermined visits and avoid unknown areas. Always take a copy of your passport, air tickets, a record of your travelers cheques and credit cards with you, separate from the originals. We also recommend that you travel with the least amount of jewellery possible and keep all items of value in a safe and secure place.
During this trip you will be active, and for this reason we recommend that you travel as light as possible. Your luggage should be clearly identified as yours and limited to a compact suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44 pounds), plus a carry on bag (8kg = 17pounds) . The baggage weight is strictly controlled by the airlines and vehicle space is limited. Airport luggage loaders and other transportation services are not always available; for this reason, kindly be prepared to carry your own luggage. The majority of airlines allow up to two pieces of luggage to be checked and one piece of carry-on luggage. In order to avoid any problems due to excess baggage or charges for extra weight, please consult the airlines for more details regarding luggage restrictions.
National Identity Card or Passport
Comfortable walking or tennis shoes
Rubber boots and waterproof ponchos (available onboard as a courtesy item)
3 to 4 lightweight pants (no jeans)
3 Shirts or blouses, both long and short sleeved
Windbreaker or sweater
Cotton socks, one pair per day
Shorts – 2 to 3
T-shirts – 3 to 4
Hat or cap
Plastic bottle for water
A flashlight and extra batteries
Binoculars (available on board as rental item)
Small waterproof backpack
Camera and extra batteries, film or memory cards
Personal first-aid kit
Plastic bags for storing wet clothing
Cash – we do accept credit cards on board too.
The amount of money you decide to bring with you is your personal choice. If you wish to purchase souvenirs and gifts, or if you enjoy eating out in restaurants, we recommend you bring much more than the average daily amount suggested. Visa cards are the most accepted cards and ATM machines are available in Quito. There is no guarantee that your card will work in South America, which is why we recommend that you consult with your bank about the international services of your card. Please bear in mind that for the purchase of products and services, an additional 5% to 10% fee will be applied. Do not rely on credit cards as your only method of payment, it is always best to have a combination of cash, credit cards and travelers checks.
The majority of our adventure tours are paid locally. The local payment allows us to maintain our tour cost at a competitive rate and pass these savings on to you. In some developing countries, the transfer of funds can be problematic and a percentage of the transferred amount will be charged. When you make local payments you give us the opportunity to offer you a service, saving money at the same time. These additional amounts pay the entrance fee to Yasuni National Park and Parrot Salt-Licks and can be given directly to your cruise director. If you wish to do a night of camping in the rainforest, please arrange for this service with your cruise director.
Although tips are expected, they are not obligatory and they are to be determined according to one’s personal criteria in relation to the service received. For those who desire a guideline for the amounts to leave as a tip, we suggest the following: Crew and hotel staff: US$10 - US$15 per day. Nature/Excursion Guides : US$10 – US$15 per day.