Kontiki Expeditions From May 2021 Kontiki Expeditions is offering luxury sea expeditions along seldom-traveled routes, revealing the beauty and authenticity of coastal Ecuador. This new expedition cruise company designed a new concept in luxury ocean vacations focusing on conscious travel and immersive experiences. Her voyages are passing through small, uncrowded towns and historical sites as well as forests and wetlands, pristine beaches and protected ecological reserves. Kontiki Expeditions initial vessel (more are to be expected) is a luxury boutique yacht where guests experience an all-inclusive adventure filled with wildlife encounters and cultural aspects of Ecuador’s coastal regions. The off-the-beaten-path trips guides you to places that only can be accessed by very small ships and yachts. Touring takes place in small groups or can be executed on an individual basis. This boutique yacht can accommodate 18 guests and is outfitted with a sun deck, a gourmet salon, two outdoor lounges, bar, Jacuzzi, Spa treatment room and a fitness area, -all nine luxury Staterooms have an ocean view. Kontiki expeditions new yacht will sail with wellness professionals, naturalist guides and a local chef. There will be 10 crew members in total as well as two local experts. The vessel will carry kayaks, paddle boards and snorkeling equipment for passenger use. Diving also will be an option. This small yacht is ideal for private charter! Guests can expect to see such wildlife as blue-footed boobies, sea lions and howler monkeys. Kontiki Expeditions gastronomic experiences featuring local specialities, seafood, and produce will be enjoyed both onboard and on land. Aboard Kontiki Expeditions intimate upscale yacht with a wellness focus guests can choose between sailings on two itineraries along the little-visited coast of Ecuador. The two initial itineraries will be one-way routes between Mompiche in the north of the country and Puerto Bolivar in the south.

The ‘Toquilla Expedition’ and the ‘Spondylus Expedition’ offer a chance to explore small Ecuadorian towns, historic sites and nature areas full of wildlife!

Above sea level

Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
01.01.2023
08.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
08.01.2023
15.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
15.01.2023
22.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
22.01.2023
29.01.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
29.01.2023
05.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
05.02.2023
12.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
12.02.2023
19.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
19.02.2023
26.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
26.02.2023
05.03.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
05.03.2023
12.03.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
12.03.2023
19.03.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
19.03.2023
26.03.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

<close>

Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking