The best “roads” into the rainforest are its rivers. When traveled, these aquatic thoroughfares open up one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet. What is more, Ecuador is blessed with an even richer and denser land. It is a perfect complement for nature lovers and safari junkies, or even for those wondering what to combine Galapagos with. Taking full advantage of this access, the most comfortable, informative and exciting means of exploring the jungle is by sailing downriver on an extraordinary, state-of-the-art riverboat: The M/V Anakonda River Cruise.
Accommodations on board this “floating boutique river cruise” consist of 18 suites, each with an area of 215-258 square feet and offering you all the comforts of home – including spacious air-conditioned guest rooms, private bathrooms, private balconies, 24-hour electric service and hot water, satellite-serviced Wi-Fi internet (though after testing it, it is in fact a low-bandwidth connection… but hey, you will be distracted enough from “modern civilization”), and panoramic floor-to-ceiling cabin windows that make it seem like you’re watching a big-screen National Geographic special – your own special.
It is suited for any kind of travelers. Even difficult operations such as those with toddlers. Amazon with children? No problem. To accommodate families, the Anakonda offer accommodations with four interconnected suites and features suitable amenities for them. Honeymooners? Of course! In fact, this theme doesn’t limit itself to the young ones. What better way to add a thrilling experience other than an Amazon for retired couples? You will be surrounded with interesting and travelers who seek authentic experiences. All passengers can socialize in the dining room, the bar, an observation deck with an outdoor Jacuzzi, and in the al fresco lounge. There is also a small boutique where one can purchase souvenirs or perhaps any vanity product that was left at home. Even for introverts, you will have your own panoramic scene from the privacy of your cabin; just make sure you bring some good binoculars with you. All these features, as a result, make the Anakonda a perfect option for large groups as well. Consider to charter an Amazon cruise just for your family reunion or perhaps a corporate event (incentives). As with the tropical kingdom’s awe, your options are simply limitless.
But more than the creature comforts, the Anakonda provides authentic experiences in which you will gain rare glimpses of how life on the river is actually lived. Not only can you interact with members of local indigenous communities, you will also venture out on expert-led expeditions deep into the jungle itself. Its daily excursions by motorized canoe and jungle treks are designed to reveal the exotic wildlife that calls the rainforest home. With any luck at all, you’ll spot sloths, toucans or even Pink river dolphins! Guests are assisted by the 25-member crew, which includes a concierge, a steward, a paramedic, four knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guides, and four local guides. Some of the highlights include: paddling by canoe to “Piranha Lake” in search of white caiman and water monkey fish. Later, we can crouch down behind a bird blinds to observe up to hundreds of parrots descending onto a “clay lick”. Explore the waterways of the flooded Pañayacu Biological Corridor with a team of four expert naturalists. Learn about the everyday traditions of the indigenous Kichwa women on visits to villages at the river’s edge. Rain forest hikes, birding walks, nocturnal river safaris… Yep, definitely, there are lots of things to do.
Immersion; this is one of the factors that make this riverboat one of the best Amazon cruise in Ecuador. Getting immersed in the wild atmosphere from the comfort and intimate Anakonda; discover the magic and penetrate to observe the mysteries on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure!
“Everything went off without a hitch. Accomodation was just what we wanted. Clean, great location and within our budget. The dive master was great. ”