Jacaré-Açu Amazon Cruise

Intimate, Action-Packed Cruising in Brazil's Remote Amazon

The Jacaré-Açu combines adventure, ecology and comfort. With special authorization to operate in some of the most remote parts of the Brazilian Amazon and a well-trained and very experienced crew, she is able to undertake thrilling itineraries of up to ten days.

These journeys offer incredible scenery, wonderful wildlife-spotting opportunities, and constant adventure activities for all ages.

The Jacaré-Açu - which means big caiman in Portuguese - has been inspired by the traditional charm of caboclo culture - the European-Indian racial mix that has arisen along the Amazon, and developed a distinct set of customs and practices. So the boat draws on their boat-building tradition, the cuisine is rich in local ingredients and influence, and the itinerary visits and supports Amazon riverside communities.

The eight-cabin boat is rustic and cosy, with room for only 16 passengers, but still boasts all modern amenities. So, all cabins are air-conditioned and with private facilities; and there are three inviting public areas for relaxation and socializing ... and meal times!

And if you wish to include a dose of adventure amongst all the beautiful scenery and wildlife, then the Jacaré-Açu can additionally offer tree climbing, jungle hikes, parasailing, inflatable tubes and piranha fishing. There is even the option to stay overnight in the jungle in hammocks!

Please note that the Jacaré-Açu is the sister ship of the smaller Jacaré-Tinga. When a departure has eight or fewer passengers, the Jacaré-Tinga is used.

Please note that a pre-arranged visa is required by holders of US, Canadian and Australian passports, in order to enter Brazil. Contact us for more details.

What people are saying about the Jacaré-Açu

This is a very relaxing trip, but you can make your own excitement by swimming in the same spot you went looking for Caimans the night before as in this picture. The locals are eager to entertain and might even invite you into their home in the rainforest for a round of cachaça shots while listening to the steady call of the nearby nighthawks.
— Scot McFarlane & Party; Corvallis, OR
The cruise was excellent! ... But all of this could not have happened without our unique tour guide Tiago. From the moment he met us at the hotel we knew we were in good hands. He has the rare combination of lots of knowledge with modesty, and made us all satisfied and comfortable. He knew plenty about the animals, plants, and life in the area.
— Dr. Hadar Yardeni & Party; Israel
The highlight of the holiday was the journey along the River Negro on the Jacare Acu. The boat was beautiful, the crew fantastic, and the food was lovely and plentiful... Tiago the guide, Kleber the Captain and the other staff went out of their way to ensure everyone had a great time.
— Vivien Price & Claire Huish; Port Talbot, UK
We had an absolutely wonderful time and the food and accommodations were more than expected! We highly recommend it, especially the guide we had, Roth. Really great!”
— Daniel Goldstein; Pasadena, CA

About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises and tours, providing you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Panama. As South American travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.


Geri Daniel loved her vacation with Rainforest Cruises.
We had an absolutely fabulous time on the cruise. Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime.
— Geri Daniel, Austin, TX
The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
We had a wonderful time. We were all impressed with the efficiency and organization of the trip from start to finish.
— Jeanette Johannson & Family, USA