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Manatee Amazon Explorer

The Manatee Amazon Explorer is the Ecuadorian Amazon’s only cruise ship, able to take up to 30 passengers into the most pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Call us on +31 (0) 858 771 58

The Manatee Amazon Explorer is the Ecuadorian Amazon’s only cruise ship, able to take up to 30 passengers into the most pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon, where they are able to experience the natural wonders of wildlife undisturbed by modern life.
Our itineraries have been customized by our CEO, Raul Garcia, who was Capitan of the Orellana Flotel for over 15 years. No one, aside from locals, knows the area better than Raul, which is why we are able to offer perfectly-balanced itineraries including onboard activities such as Ecuadorian cooking classes, how to make Ecuadorian handicrafts, napkin and towel folding, along with Amazon excursions during the day and night, combined with recreational activities like kayaking and canoeing, swimming, bird watching, and observation tower visits, to name just a few! All activities are led by our local nature guides who have been in the Amazon cruising business for over 20 years.
Our 30 guests aboard the 98.5 foot-long M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer may enjoy a wide variety of wine and fine dining, complete with the all-inclusive comfort of a first class hotel. Our 14 cabins are fully equipped with all necessary commodities. The observation deck and our al fresco lounge are ideal places to have a cocktail, to relax with a good book or simply enjoy the spectacular view. Travelers may book four, five, or eight-day cruises. All departures are guaranteed.


Ship Specifications

  • Built: 2002

  • Port of embarkation: Coca, Ecuador

  • Vessel’s Registry: Ecuador

  • Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel

  • Length: 98.5 feet / 30 m

  • Beam: 23 feet / 7 m

  • Draft: 5 feet / 1.5 m

  • Gross Tonnage: 215 tons

  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots

  • Electricity: 110 / 220 volts

  • Engines: 2 John Deere 250 HP Marine Engines

  • Generators: 2 x 50 KVA John Deer(Encapsulated for noise reduction)

  • Water: 8000-liter water treatment plant


GPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy, Radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board.

Launch Boats:

Three fiberglass canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communication with the main vessel. The large canoe has a capacity of 30 passengers the 2 mid-sized canoes, each with a 15-person capacity.


15, including a purser, paramedic, English-speaking nature guides and 3 native guides.


Up to 30 passengers with private facilities

Social Areas:

  • Indoor Bar-Lounge.

  • Dining Room.

  • Outside Lounge.

  • Observation Deck.

  • Boutique.



Call us today on +31 (0) 858 771 583

2016 departures:
Departures from Quito/Coca (Ecuador) - Every other Monday and Friday (3, 4 or 7 Nights).
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