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Amazon River Cruise Adventure
40's - 50's and 60s + Singles Vacations

February 13 - February 21, 2016
$2690*

Only 14 6 Cabins Available

If you are looking for a great South America adventure then this singles vacation is for you!
Exploring the Amazon Basin can be approached in many ways, but the best approach is to do it all!
Almost 500 years have passed since the discovery of this magnificent river that flows through the world's largest primeval forest, Now, we can be temporary guests in this magical wonderland. Cruise along the Napo river on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer and visit the most amazing sites within the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. Visit Monkey Island, Yasuni National Park, walk jungle trails and explore virgin rain forest. The Amazon Manatee Explorer, designed for adventure, features the comforts and advantages of modern technology.
Come aboard for an experience of a lifetime with a group of fun adventurous singles!

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Amazon QuitoEcuador Amazon River Cruise Singles Vacation Daily Itinerary

Vacation Day 1: Arrive Quito
Plan to arrive in Quito, Ecuador today and take the provided shuttle to our hotel. To give everyone a chance to arrive no activities are planned.
Tonight meet your hostess in our hotel lobby at 7:00pm for an optional dinner.

Vacation Day 2: Quito City Tour
Amazon Quito CityAfter breakfast we begin our tour of Quito, the perfect city for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, domes and roofs that are history relics. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 9.350 feet. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic Centre in Latin America. The architecture and rich interiors, are pure examples of the ' School of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. After exploring the Old Town, we'll understand why Quito was the world's first city named to UNESCO's Cultural Heritage list.
Tonight let's enjoy dinner at a local restaurant close to our hotel.

 

Amazon canoe napoVacation Day 3: Quito to Coca (Amazon) - Napo River - Yasuni National Park
This morning our group departs Quito and drives to the airport.  After a short 30-minute flight to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), we transfer to the boat dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe trip down river about 1 ½ hour, to board the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer. The Manatee Explorer is 90 feet long, 24 feet wide and accommodates 30 lucky guests in comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and running hot water, individual air conditioning, large dining room, inviting bar and lounge area, panoramic terrace, delicious cuisine and the finest multilingual naturalist guides.

Amazon Monkey FrogThroughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding the M/V Manatee, we will continue navigating downstream. This will be our first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; giving us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

 

Vacation Day 4: Amazon - Border With Peru (The Heart of Yasuni)
Amazon pink dolphinsAfter a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn. After lunch, the M/V Manatee navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as "the Stinky Turkey". The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.

Vacation Day 5: Amazon - Meet the Locals and Island Exploration
Amazon SakiMonkeyAdmire the amazing scenery as we enjoy breakfast on board. Then we will visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we have the opportunity to interact with the children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador.
We return to the M/V Manatee for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. On board there will be a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.

 

Amazon Observation TowerVacation Day 6: Amazon - Observation Tower and Limoncocha Biological Reserve
This morning after breakfast, we visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin.
In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. After our adventure we return to the M/V Manatee for our final Amazon dinner.

 

Vacation Day 7: Amazon to Quito
Amazon Quito CacoIn the morning we disembark the M/V Manatee and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca. Relax and enjoy the scenery on our final Amazon ride. Then board our plane for the short flight to Quito, considered the continent's most beautiful city. Our driver will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel.
A night at leisure back in civilization.

 

Vacation Day 8: Quito - Otavalo Indian Market
Amazon Otavalo Indian MarketToday we travel north to a valley deep within the Andes to the world famous Otavalo Indian market. Saturday is market day and the town is crowded with traditional dressed locals and people from surrounding highland villages. Everyone is busy bargaining for traditional Ecuadorian crafts, weavings and textiles. Warm jackets, woven bags, pillow covers and wall hangings are great souvenirs. Woodcarving, musical instruments and jewelry are also popular.
In the afternoon, visit Cotacachi, famous for its handcrafted leather articles. If time allows, the adventure ends with a visit to beautiful Cuicocha Lake, a flooded volcanic crater with two floating islets, before returning to Quito.
Tonight enjoy our farewell dinner at a local-flavor restaurant.

Vacation Day 9: Quito - Tour Ends
Sad to say but our Amazon River Cruise Singles Vacation has come to an end. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to all your new travel friends as we make our way to the airport. Your singles adventure doesn't have to end if you are continuing on to the Experience the Galapagos Singles Vacation.

 

The Amazon Experience

Bird Watching
Amazon bird watching
There is no need to embellish the marvelous reality of Amazonia in terms of birds. With over 580 recorded species, including raucous parrots, glorious eagles, patterned herons, blindingly bright tanagers and cotingas, peculiarly unique hoatzins and umbrellabirds and everything in between. Ecuadorian Amazonia is quite attractive because of its accessibility. But one of the great things about birding with Manatee, is the fact that we can travel across the gamut of Amazonian ecosystems during a single trip, from the flooded forests of the Peruvian Border, the lake habitats of Limoncocha and Pañacocha, and extremely remote areas near the Peruvian border, to the record-breaking ever-diverse Yasuní, giving us the most complete version possible of bird life in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. We walk forests, climb observation towers, hide behind blinds, or silently canoe inside black water streams and out in open blackwater lakes, seeking out as many birds as possible: you’ll be amazed at the variety, beauty and fascinating singularities of hundreds of different species.
Jungle Hikes
Amazon hikeA lot goes on on the ground in the rainforest. Some creatures are perfectly camouflaged, like walking sticks, sphinx moths, dried-leaf katydids, and glass frogs, others are quite the opposite, bright and perky like rainbow katydids and orchid bees. We walk and hike the rainforests under towering trees — as towering as a city full of skyscrapers—, the light trickling down in layers, smelling the aromas of a million different plants, feeling the presence of innumerable creatures filling every corner of the forest. The understory is a world within itself… Every plant holds a universe. Imagine every tree… imagine the entire forest… We program different walks for both inside forest exploration or lounging riverbanks and lakes, on longer, shorter, harder or easier trails, depending on interest or difficulty level, together with guides that enlighten us with their knowledge on life in the forest, the faunal communities that inhabit them, the medicinal plants that grow inside them, and much more.
Observation Tower
Amazon observation tower2Observation towers are spectacular vantage points that give us a sense of the forest’s overall scale. We climb several hundred steps (over 165 feet) up one of the enormous emergent trees traveling through the vertical stratification created by the forest’s spectacular height and diversity. We move towards the light, reaching the subcanopy and later the canopy, noticing the different biological realities of each level, and then higher still, above the tree tops to a most spectacular view from where one can spot nesting birds, undulating mountain ridges, or monkeys swinging from trees. There is amazing activity up in this “neck of the woods”. Scientists have explored little of these upper areas of the forest, mainly because of the difficulty of getting to them: which means thousands upon thousands of hectares of undiscovered territory.
Canoe Excursions
Amazon Canoe ExcursionsPerhaps the closest sensation to penetrating paradise when visiting the Amazon Basin takes place on canoe, inching down a black-water stream with the forest gyrating above you in a million sounds… These waters are full of vitamins and minerals, and obtain their color from the vegetation that falls in them. You may suddenly surprise a pair of macaws preening each other, monkeys cackling while they feed or find enormous 6.5 feet long Giant Otters swimming up a creek with the entire family. The ancient inhabitants of these lands mastered the region’s waterways and we will be able to experience, with them, the inspiring, ageless practice of paddling in the midst of forest life. At night we can seek out caiman and in the day the spectacular Pink River Dolphins or the elusive Manatee.


Accomodations

 Quito - Sheraton Quito
 Amazon  River Cruise - Manatee Amazon Explorer

 

Ecuador Amazon River Cruise Singles Vacation

 
Date: February 13 - February 21, 2016


Price: $2690*


River Cruise Singles Vacation Includes

* 8 Nights Accommodations

   4 Nights Cruise - 4 Night Hotel

* Round-trip Domestic Air Flights
* Breakfast Daily - 4 Lunches - 5 Dinners
* Private Transportation
* English Speaking Tour Leader / Guides
* Guided Tours, Admissions and Activities per itinerary
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

 

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $995

Not Included

* International Airfare
* Tips

* Meals not mentioned above

 
Deposit $400*
Balance Due December 10, 2015
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**Please note that this is a special booking
and $250 of the refund is non-refundable

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