Kontiki Wayra Ecuador
Kontiki Expeditions S.L – Carlos Nunez Herrera
Carlos Nuñez is a pioneer in launching the first sustainable luxury yacht to cruise the coast of Ecuador.
Experienced private investor with a proven history of working in the seafood industry and now in the luxury travel & hospitality industry.
He is a true believer in purposeful and conscious travel. He is also a skilled professional in sales, strategic planning, management, and business strategy. Strong entrepreneurship professional, graduated from IE Business School (Madrid).
Yacht was built by Varadero Maridueña in 2011. Launching date will be Fall 2021
Experienced Deck Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the cruise industry. Skilled in English as a Second Language (ESL), Safety Management Systems, Navigation Systems, Teamwork, and Security Management. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Marine Transportation from Universidad Metropolitana (EC).
In 2020 interior designer Soledad Calderón started an integral re-design process of the yacht that included all cabins, outdoor areas and social indoor areas to completely transform the vessel to have all the comforts needed on a luxury trip.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World – Luxury Brand
Kontiki Wayra is the first boutique luxury yacht to operate along with coastal Ecuador. Our nine staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort.
Our 8-days voyage becomes an immersive sensory journey that encourages a deep connection with nature, local gastronomy, and indigenous cultures.
Embark in a sea expedition along seldom-traveled routes that reveal the beauty and authenticity of the destinations. Each expedition incorporates our philosophy of conscious travel offering exploration, adventure, culture, ancient tradition and an understanding of natural surroundings and local people, who are the soul of any destination.
All expeditions and private charters count with 13 experienced crewmembers, unlimited Wi-Fi, a/c, a/v entertainment and hi-tech systems.
History & Story
Kontiki Expeditions started out from Carlos Nuñez’s love for the sea and his adventurous idea to travel the world aboard a catamaran while having it chartered commercially during its downtime. He found two yachts, they were operating in the Galapagos Islands in the past and his entrepreneurial instinct quickly kicked in with the thought to have them sailing along the Ecuadorian coast, where there are no cruising activities of this sort.
After approximately one year of marketing and industry research and structuring a touristic operation, Kontiki Expeditions became the first luxury boutique cruise to sail the Ecuadorian coast. Was conceived as a provider of authentic experiences in seldom visited rural locations offering all the comfort of a luxury voyage aboard a small yacht.
Dta renovation & extensions
Certain areas of the yacht are being refitted, in addition, the cabins are being redesigned by Soledad Calderon.
Main strengths, special touch
A luxury sea expedition along seldom-traveled routes that reveal the beauty and authenticity of the destinations, passing through forests and wetlands, pristine beaches and ecological reserves, making a Kontiki sailing an extraordinary experience.
Kontiki does not have single-use plastic onboard and they use sustainable materials when possible. They involve themselves in projects and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that promote the conservation of our oceans and beaches.
In adventures off the ship, they support local economies and people, hoping to be a part of improving the quality of life for the people of Ecuador.
Sea expeditions aboard M/Y Kontiki Wayra through five provinces of the Coast of Ecuador, Esmeraldas, Manabi, Guayas, El Oro and Los Rios, will make us float away even with our feet on the ground.
We count with 4 interconnected rooms for families with children. our expeditions are family-friendly, but we strongly suggest children be 6 years or older at the time of the departure.
Embark on a sensory journey that empowers connection with nature, local communities and indigenous cultures, creating a personal bond with the destination.
o Unique marine expedition at the unexplored coast of Ecuador
o Mix of cultural immersion and unexplored nature in rural areas of coastal Ecuador
o Pristine beaches
o Visit vineyards on Ecuador’s coastal plains
o Toquilla Straw Hat weaving
o Coffee roasting
o Sea sports
o Shell collection
o Visit archaeological sites of Inca culture
• Sea sports
• Excursions, star observations at night, live music
• Gastronomy, cooking class
Cabins and living space
o Both yachts have nine luxury cabins and a maximum capacity of 18 passengers
o We offer three types of cabins: five Veranda, three Panoramic and one Interior
o Interior Luxury Stateroom, 161 sq. ft. or 15 m2, located in the lower deck with preferred access to the gym and spa. 2 beds or king-size bed available.
o Panoramic View Luxury Staterooms, 140 – 204 sq. ft. or 13 – 19 m2, located in the main deck. Interior access and panoramic windows. 2 beds or king-size bed available.
o Veranda Luxury Staterooms, 193 sq. ft. or 18 m2, located in the upper deck. Access through the outdoor gallery. 2 beds or king-size bed available.
o Play music from your phone through the Bluetooth system in our staterooms.
o Close your stateroom shades with the touch of a button through an automated system
o Turn off your lights through an automated system.
o Five different social areas
o 4 cabins can be interconnected
o Yacht is 128 ft long
o Panoramic views.
o 5 relax areas, jacuzzi
o Incluir amenities, temas de productos ecológicos
o All meals and snacks, prepared by the onboard chefs using local organic produce. (A vegetarian menu is available upon request.)
o All land gastronomy experiences, set up by the crew and prepared by the onboard chefs.
o All soft drinks (coffee and tea included), an assortment of wine, beer and other spirits, and classic and signature cocktails.
o Unlimited bottled water, which is safe to drink.
o Unlimited onboard wifi.
o All land and sea expeditions (including transfers and access to the destinations) led by their two expert naturalists. Daily briefings about your excursions are also included.
o Gear for water activities, including wetsuits, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkeling equipment.
o Shuttle from any hotel in Manta or Guayaquil, to either departure port for check-in and boarding (whichever you are departing from for your northern or southern cruise).
Chef, Meals, Meals facilities, bars
No name for Restaurant and bar, the gastronomic experience will be all-inclusive, our chefs will delight our passengers with authentic cuisine and creativity from Manabi with an international flavor.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Birthday celebration
• Business meetings
• Family and Friends Gatherings
Extra Notable Features
• Movie theatre
• Cooking class
• Diving on demand
• Surfing on demand
• Wildlife observations
• Kitesurf on demand
Boat & Restaurant Awards
Kontiki Expeditions is the first boutique cruise to be part of the family of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an association of over 550 independent boutique hotels in more than 90 countries around the globe.
Our operations will start at the end of 2021
Number of employees
All expeditions and private charters count with 12 experienced crewmembers that include: 2 expert guides, 1 concierge, 1 captain, 2 chefs, 1 wellness specialist, 1 bartender, 1 waiter and 3 people in charge of housekeeping and maintenance.