Named after the Portuguese word for large caiman – common in this part of the Amazon – the 8-cabin Jacaré-Açu was inspired by the indigenous Caboclo boat-building traditions. Each of the many available itineraries is designed to respect, support, and visit the Amazon’s riverside communities.
Life Aboard The Jacaré-Açu
From the moment you step aboard this distinctive green and brown wood ship, you will be enchanted by Jacaré-Açu’s cozy, rustic style. The boat welcomes up to 16 guests, so greet your fellow travelers over a glass of fresh fruit juice, beer, or a caipirinha. All of your beverages, plus meals prepared from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, are included in the all-inclusive plan.
There are three public spaces to relax on the ship, including a bar on the main deck and an air-conditioned living room on the superior deck. But, the best spots are on the upper solarium deck, where you will find the best views from the observatory, an additional bar, a shower room, tables, and hammocks. At the end of the day, retire to your air-conditioned cabin to rest and prepare for another day of Amazonian exploration.
Excursions From Your Jacaré-Açu Amazon Cruise
No cruise is complete without thrilling activities, and the Jacaré-Açu has access to them all. Depending on the itinerary you select, you will explore parts of the Anavilhanas archipelago, the Negro River, the Solimões River, the Apuaú River with its wild waterfalls, Jaú National Park, Xixuaú Reserve, and more. For many guests, seeing the ‘Meeting of the Waters,’ where the dark water of the Negro River and the brown water of the Solimões River meet but refuse to blend, is a highlight of the trip.
However, that is just the tip of what you will experience. You will have opportunities for canoe and hiking excursions searching for local wildlife, including giant otters, howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, and pink dolphins. You may also be able to climb giant trees and fish for piranha. Other memorable moments include visiting native villages, such as Aturia, looking at the ways of life on the Amazon. And, to truly allow you to experience the jungle, you may have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to camp in the rainforest, sleeping either in tents or hammocks.
Widest Range Of Itineraries In The Region
In conjunction with her sister ship, the Jacaré-Tinga, the Jacaré-Açu offers the most diverse selection of itineraries in the Amazon. Plus, the vessels have special authorization to operate in some of the most remote portions of the Amazon, allowing you a rare glimpse into areas most people are never permitted to access.
With cruise lengths ranging from four to ten days, there is something for every schedule, budget, and interest. For those with more time, the itineraries of eight or more days are available through private charter, which gives your group a personal, in-depth look into everything the Amazon has to offer.
Over 60% of the Amazon River is located within Brazil. The Jacaré-Açu has access to a remarkable amount of the area, making this an ideal cruise for those seeking an in-depth look into the area’s customs, culture, wildlife, and flora.
Suites & Cabins
Twin Bunk Cabin
The bunk suites are located in the main deck, and have shelves and storage under the bed. Each cabin features a window facing the river for guests to enjoy the fantastic views. Guests can also refresh in the private wetroom-style bathrooms found in each cabin.
Guests can enjoy a comfortable night's sleep in these air-conditioned cabins with fine beddings, including feather pillows. These cabins come with the option to share and a private ensuite wetroom-style bathroom. The room features shelves and storage under the bed for guests’ items.