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Kontiki Expeditions Cruises

MS Wayra, Kontiki Expeditions (Photo/Kontiki Expeditions)

About Kontiki Expeditions Cruises

Founded by Ecuadorian entrepreneur Carlos Núñez, Kontiki Expeditions launched in March 2021 with MS Wayra, a 128-foot, waterjet-propelled luxury yacht supporting 18 guests attended by 15 crew members. The company seeks to bring conservation-conscious adventure tourism to the rarely visited pockets of Ecuador’s Pacific coastline.

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  • Who goes on Kontiki Expeditions cruise ships?

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Kontiki Expeditions Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Kontiki Expeditions cruise ships?

Wayra lures affluent adventure travelers from the American and European markets, targeting couples, multigenerational families and celebratory groups, aged between 45 and 70. Guests are active, curious about the natural world, and want to learn about the people, customs and history of the places they visit. They love sailing, paddling and snorkeling – and know their way in and out of a wetsuit. This guest is also familiar with the conventions of having ample staff assistance.

Do I have to dress up on a Kontiki Expeditions cruise?

Bare feet is the only dress-code regulation on Wayra – shoes are left at the gangway. Everything else is sportswear casual through the day – shorts and tee shirts – right up until sunset, when dressier tops and shirts with collars are more appropriate for dinner.

Is everything free on Kontiki Expeditions cruises?

No. Premium wines and spirits, spa treatments, personal expenses and gratuities ($350 is suggested for the week) are not included. The cruise does include all meals, regular alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, local land transfers, access to parks and reserves, and the use of the marine equipment.

What are Kontiki Expeditions’s most popular activities?

Ecuador’s marine park reserves, wildlife refuges and protected national parks become a playground for ecoadventure, the unique flora and fauna fabulous beyond words – a mini-Galapagos. Immersive cultural excursions on land take you through fishing ports, Indigenous communities, artisan enclaves and cultural workshops. Culinary shore experiences represent the best of Ecuadorian heritage foodways – including exquisite chocolate-tasting. Watersports fill in all the agenda gaps, helping you work up an appetite for the healthy, traditional-with-a-twist Ecuadorian fare served onboard.

Why go with Kontiki Expeditions?

  • Guests live the barefoot-chic, private-yacht lifestyle
  • Visit small Pacific Coast communities in South America that larger ships can’t manage
  • Learn about Ecuador’s coastal cultural heritage
  • Support the artisanal work of traditional culinary experts and craftspeople
  • Visit marine conservation areas and national parks, seeing wildlife in their natural setting
  • Enjoy watersports activities off the stern of the boat

Best for: Luxury-leaning, conservation-forward adventurers who are eager to learn and who love being out on – and in – the water.

Not for: Uncurious, budget-conscious shrinking violets who tend to look at their vacations through a viewfinder.

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