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Jacaré-Açu

Alluring, intimate and action-packed riverboat cruises to the furthermost corners of the Amazon.

Overview

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.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day - Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro

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Embarkation

AM: Embarking at 9:00, we welcome you aboard the Jacaré-Açu, and give you an introductory briefing about the itinerary and the background to some of the incredible things you will witness.Our first excursion is in our expedition canoes at Lago Janauary, a rich ecosystem fed by the waters of the Rio Solimões, which is abundant in organic nutrients, and therefore supports an abundance of Amazon birds, reptiles, exotic plants, and giant trees. You are likely to see Tucuxi River Dolphins, Pink River Dolphin, Cocoi Heron, Great Egret, Blue-Yellow Macaw, Festive Parrot, Rufescent Tiger-herons, Yellow-rumped Caciques, Crested Oropendola, and Jacamars, among many others.

PM: Once back on board, we sail along the Paraná do Paracuuba to the Rio Solimões, enjoying our first lunch on board as we do so. In the afternoon, we arrive at the famous Meeting of the Waters, where the black Rio Negro meets the clearer water of the Solimões and they run parallel for more than nine miles. Then it’s time to search for pirarucu, the largest scaled fish in the world, nicknamed the Lion of the Amazon. While we have dinner on board, the boat sails up the Rio Negro towards the Anavilhanas Archipelago.

Jacaré Acu's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day One - Sunset.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 4

Rio Negro, Rio Ariaú & Acajatuba Lake

AM: At daybreak, we can watch the sunrise over the Tupé Beach settlement, beside the high Rio Negro. After breakfast on board, we visit the village where we will have the opportunity to witness their well-preserved history, customs, dance, and handicrafts. The villagers communicate in two indigenous languages, Tuiuka and Tukano.

PM: Once back on board the Jacaré-Açu, we have lunch and then sail to the Rio Ariaú, a beautiful blackwater river enclosed by giant trees and dense vegetation. Here we have the option of climbing one of the trees - or at least, some of it - using ropes. We continue to Lago Acajatuba to see the iconic pink Amazon river dolphin up close, in an area where the locals live in floating houses region. After dinner on board, we set out in our expedition canoes to search for caiman and other nocturnal animals.

Jacaré Acu's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day Two -  Natural Pools.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 4

Anavilhanas Archipelago

AM: Upon waking up, we are in the heart of the Anavilhanas River Archipelago - 100,000 hectares of islands and canals within the Rio Negro and a further 260,000 hectares of the riverside forest. So, after breakfast, we take to the canoes to explore this stunning region of creeks, lagoons, and river beaches. Under the shadow of a Macacarecuia tree, we swim with inflatable tubes in the refreshing waters of the Rio Negro. Later we'll try our hand at fishing for piranha in the Igarapé of Jaraqui. How many can you catch?

PM: After lunch on board, we visit an Amazon farmhouse in the Santo Antonio community, where the owner will explain his way of life, his ancestry, and the crops he raises, such as manioc and fruit. We then make a 2-hour guided trek through the rainforest, to spot and learn about the flora and fauna. Finally, this evening, we set sail through the heart of Anavilhanas National Park and after dinner embark on a night-time aquatic trail full of wildlife.

Jacaré Acu's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day Three -  Swimming Excursion.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: The day starts with the sound of the jungle - and especially its birdlife and primates - waking up. After breakfast onboard we will spend the morning on another aquatic trail looking out for the wildlife, especially monkeys, along our way through the archipelago. We return to civilization and a city tour of Novo Airão, famous for its crafts, artisan workshops, shipyards, and pink river dolphins.

PM: After a farewell lunch at the 'Flor do Luar', a floating restaurant in the national park we are transferred by road back to Manaus, arriving mid-afternoon.

Jacaré Acu's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day Four - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
4 / 4
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4 Day - Apuaú Wild Rio Negro

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Embarkation

AM: At around 09:00, we will be transferred by air-conditioned van to Novo Airão where the Jacaré-Açu awaits us. Following a quick explanation of the region and what we might encounter over the next few days, we'll begin sailing to the Anavilhanas Archipelago.

PM: After lunch on board we'll begin to explore some of the aquatic trails of the igapós and lakes in this incredible archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for pink dolphins and a whole variety of birds such as Maguaris, Herons, Blue and Red Macaws, Parrots, Japiins and Japós. We may even be lucky enough to spot a Giant Otter! After a fun afternoon swimming with lifebuoys on the Rio Negro, a nutritious dinner will be served on board. Overnight the boat will continue navigating until we reach the Igarapé Içana.

Jacaré Acu 4-Day Apuaú Wild Rio Negro Cruise Day One - Parrot Sighting.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 4

Apuaú Wild Waterfalls

AM: This morning we wake up on the Apuaú River. After breakfast, we'll sail by motorboat on the Igarapé Içana streams until we reach its main waterfall where we can indulge in many aquatic activities, diving in the river or relaxing in the natural pools.

PM: A traditional ‘Caboclo’ Lunch of grilled fish and side dishes will be served, followed by a siesta in our hammocks, before our afternoon hike through virgin forest, to the waterfall of ‘Igarapé do Trovão’, another stream of the Apuaú River. Here we'll find our camp for the night, surrounded by two natural pools. Dinner will be served around the campfire, as our guides tell us tales of the local caboclo folklore. Overnight jungle stays in tents or hammocks are available.

Jacaré Açu's 4-Day Apuaú Wild Rio Negro Cruise Day Two - Hiking in the Jungle.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 4

Waterfall Circuit

AM: We wake up to the sounds of the forest, an incredible experience. Breakfast is followed by more leisure time at the waterfall and its pools. On our way back, we have two options: return to the main boat by motorboat on the ‘Igarapé do Trovão’ stream, or return on foot, followed by rafting  on the considerable current of the ‘Igarapé Içana’.

PM: As we return to the boat and the Rio Negro, we lunch on board. This is followed by relaxation time in the comfort of the boat.

Jacaré Açu's 4-Day Apuaú Wild Rio Negro Cruise Day Two - Amazon River Views.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: We wake up once again on the Rio Negro surrounded by nature. After breakfast, we pay a visit to a giant Samauma tree, the largest in the Amazon. Returning to the boat, we start navigation towards Novo Airão. Here we enjoy the magical experience of swimming with pink dolphins and take a brief city tour to see the handicrafts, craft workshops, and city attractions. 

PM: After a farewell lunch on the boat we are transferred from Novo Airão to Manaus, arriving mid-afternoon.

Jacaré Açu's 4-Day Apuaú Wild Rio Negro Cruise Day Two - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
4 / 4
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5 Day - Jau National Park

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Embarkation

AM: At 9:00 we pick you up from your hotel or the airport in an air-conditioned van, and drive to the riverside town of Novo Airão. We arrive here in the early afternoon and give you a briefing on Amazon's biology, history, and the things you may see, along the way. After boarding the Jacaré-Açu, we start sailing through the spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago while enjoying our first delicious lunch on board.

PM: In the afternoon, we take a ride on the motorized canoes through the islands and lagoons of the archipelago. This is an area rich in wildlife, and we hope to see two species of river dolphin, as well as multiple species of birds, such as herons, egrets, macaws, parrots, caciques, oropendolas, and jacamars. Once back on the boat, we set sail to Madadá Observatory, a spectacular lookout over the Rio Negro, with basic bungalow facilities in the middle of the jungle. After dinner on board, you can choose if you want to spend the night in your cabin or a hammock at the Observatory.

Jacaré Acu's 5-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day One - Birds at Sunset.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 5

Anavilhanas & Madadá Caves

AM: After breakfast, we make a three-hour round-trip hike through virgin rainforest to Madadá Caves, with our guides giving a mini jungle survival course, along the way. We then visit an Amazon farmhouse to learn about local customs, farming techniques, and crops. In the late morning, we have a chance to cool off with a dip in the Rio Negro.

PM: After lunch on board, we set sail for the Rio Negro State Park area and a chance to try our hand at piranha fishing before sunset. Once back on the boat we set sail to Sleepy Beach, on the Rio Jau, where we will anchor for the night and enjoy dinner and sit around a bonfire for a night of native folklore storytelling. 

Jacaré Acu's 5-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Two - Madada Caves.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 5

Jaú National Park

AM: This morning we sail to the Jaú National Park Ranger Station, and then along the Rio Jaú, a river of mirror-like waters, with likely sightings of aquatic mammals and birds. The Park consists of three major rivers - Unini to the North, Carabinani to the South, and Jau in the middle - along with countless smaller black water tributaries.

The water level varies drastically during the year and the igapó forest found near the waterways can be flooded for up to eight months of the year. This type of forest is tropical and humid, with as many as 200 species per hectare. In the rainy season, we moor the boat and take the canoes through the Park’s creeks, looking for families of Giant Otters. In the dry season, we explore the Rio Pauini, a tributary filled with boulders and waterfalls.

PM: On return to the Jacaré-Açu, we sail to the indigenous community of Aturia where we moor for the evening. After dark, we go looking for caiman and nocturnal animals in the canoes, using spotlights.

Jacaré Acu's 5-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Three - Skiff Exploration.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 5

Jaú National Park

AM: This morning, after breakfast, we visit Aturia village, where we can learn more about traditional life in the Amazon. The children of the village are always extremely happy to interact with visitors, so be prepared to get involved in a game of soccer or swimming or some impromptu arts and crafts. 

Later we will be visiting a giant tree around the community, a very old lady from the ancient forest, before we begin an aquatic trail with regional canoes, keeping a lookout for Bicoh Monkeys and other animals. 

PM: Once back on the boat, we have lunch on board before we return to the IBAMA base and sail out of Jaú National Park.

Jacaré Acu's 5-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Four - Indigenous Village Visit.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: Today we continue sailing from Jaú to Novo Airão. On the way, we may have the chance to swim with Pink River Dolphins. A real highlight. Once back in Novo Airão, we take a city tour to see the ship-building, the craftsmanship, and other attractions of this Amazon River town.

PM: We have a farewell lunch on “Flor do Luar”, a floating restaurant in the Anavilhanas National Park. before taking the van back to Manaus, arriving mid-afternoon.

Jacaré Acu's 5-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Five - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

6 Day - Jau National Park Plus

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Embarkation

PM: This afternoon we pick you up from your hotel or the airport in an air-conditioned van and drive to the riverside town of Novo Airão. We arrive here at dinner time and give you a briefing on Amazon's biology, history, and the things you may see, along the way. After boarding the Jacaré-Tinga, we start sailing through the spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago while enjoying our first delicious evening meal on board. Following dinner, we begin sailing overnight to Meduini Reserve, a sanctuary adjacent to the Jaú National Park.

Jacaré Acu's 6-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day One - Welcome to the Amazon.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 6

Meduini Reserve & Jaú National Park

AM: This morning we sail the water trail in a canoe by Igarapé do Meduini, with a probable view of birds, porpoises, alligators, and monkeys. There is the option to take part in Piranha fishing at the end of the water safari. Or why not try your skills with a Stand-up Paddle Ride! Afterward, we begin navigation to the entrance to the Jaú National Park. We check-in at the park entrance base. Here you will get to marvel at the Samauma, the giant tree of the Amazon forest.

PM: In the afternoon we have lunch on board. Followed by the entrance to the river Carabinani or Igarapé Preto to visit and enjoy the waterfalls. Night sailing, with dinner, served on board.

Jacaré Acu's 6-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Two - Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 6

Jaú National Park & Itaúbal Waterfall

AM: The day dawns in the community of the traditional people of Cachoeira do Jaú. Take a tour via canoe of fisherman until the Island of the Apes, with the observation of the Monkey Bicó and other animals. Upon return, you will receive a tour by the local community. Afterward, visit Arvores Gigantes da região (Tanimbuca & Samaúma).

PM: Lunch on board, while the boat sails to the region of Seringalzinho. We stop for trekking in the primary forest, up to the Itaúbal waterfall. Here there is an interpretive trail of fauna and flora. We focus on finding alligators and other nocturnal animals before dinner back on board.

Jacaré Acu's 6-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Three - Caiman Sighting.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 6

Jáu National Park & Airão Velho

AM: The day dawns in the Jaú National Park. Our first excursion is a rapid canoe ride through inland lakes, to the base of the ICMBio at the exit of the park. We take a visit to Petroglyphs dated 800 bc (dry season). Afterward, visit the ruins of Airão Velho, an anthropological site, the first Portuguese settlement of Rio Negro.

PM: In the afternoon we take a visit to the wild waterfall of São Domingos, with a delicious lunch served here. Following, feel free to bathe and leisure at Praia do Sono. We visit the indigenous community of Mirituba, and the Sitio caboclo and Trilha Mata with a waterfall on the Puduari river (dry season). Later we enjoy dinner on board.

Jacaré Acu's 6-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Four - Indigenous Community Visit.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 6

Madada

AM: This morning we take a visit to the caboclo site and Madada Museum. Trekking in the primary forest to the caves of Madada is a highlight of this day, with probable animal spotting throughout.

PM: We enjoy lunch at the site. Fishing in the Juvencio igarapé is on offer this afternoon. Followed by an onboard rest at the end of the afternoon at Mirante do Madada.

Jacaré Acu's 6-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Five - Madada Caves.
Location
Amazon River
Day
5 / 6

Disembarkation

AM: Today we enjoy an aquatic trail to spot pink dolphins before returning to Novo Airão. Once back in Novo Airão, we take a city tour to see the ship-building, the craftsmanship and other attractions of this Amazon River town.

PM: We have a farewell lunch on “Flor do Luar”, a floating restaurant at Anavilhanas National Park., before a relaxing swim on the Rio Negro. We'll then take the van back to Manaus, arriving at approximately 3.30pm.

Jacaré Acu's 6-Day Jau National Park Cruise Day Six - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
6 / 6
1 / 6

7 Day - Combo Anajaú

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Embarkation

AM: Embarking at 9:00, we welcome you aboard the Jacaré-Açu, and give you an introductory briefing about the itinerary and the background to some of the incredible things you will witness.

Our first excursion is in our expedition canoes at Lago Janauary, a rich ecosystem fed by the waters of the Rio Solimões, which is abundant in organic nutrients, and therefore supports an abundance of Amazon birds, reptiles, exotic plants, and giant trees. You are likely to see Tucuxi River Dolphins, Pink River Dolphin, Cocoi Heron, Great Egret, Blue-Yellow Macaw, Festive Parrot, Rufescent Tiger-herons, Yellow-rumped Caciques, Crested Oropendola, and Jacamars, among many others.

PM: Once back on board, we sail along the Paraná do Paracuuba to the Rio Solimões, enjoying our first lunch on board as we do so. In the afternoon, we arrive at the famous Meeting of the Waters, where the black Rio Negro meets the clearer water of the Solimões and they run parallel for more than nine miles. Then it’s time to search for pirarucu, the largest scaled fish in the world, nicknamed the Lion of the Amazon. While we have dinner on board, the boat sails up the Rio Negro towards the Anavilhanas Archipelago.

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day One - Meeting of the Waters.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 7

Rio Negro, Rio Ariaú & Acajatuba Lake

AM: At daybreak, we can watch the sunrise over the Tupé Beach settlement, beside the high Rio Negro. After breakfast on board, we visit the village where we will have the opportunity to witness their well-preserved history, customs, dance, and handicrafts. The villagers communicate in two indigenous languages, Tuiuka and Tukano.

PM: Once back on board the Jacaré-Açu, we have lunch and then sail to the Rio Ariaú, a beautiful blackwater river enclosed by giant trees and dense vegetation. Here we have the option of climbing one of the trees - or at least, some of it - using ropes. We continue to Lago Acajatuba to see the iconic pink Amazon river dolphin up close, in an area where the locals live in floating houses region. After dinner on board, we set out in our expedition canoes to search for caiman and other nocturnal animals.

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Two - Village Visit.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 7

Anavilhanas Archipelago

AM: Upon waking up, we are in the heart of the Anavilhanas River Archipelago - 100,000 hectares of islands and canals within the Rio Negro and a further 260,000 hectares of the riverside forest. So, after breakfast, we take to the canoes to explore this stunning region of creeks, lagoons, and river beaches. 

PM: After lunch, we visit an Amazon farmhouse, where the owner will explain his way of life, his ancestry, and the crops he raises, such as manioc and fruit. We then make a 2-hour guided trek through the rainforest, to spot and learn about the flora and fauna.

Finally, this evening, we have the option of staying overnight in a hammock at an atmospheric jungle hut camp. Around the campfire, we can share stories and learn about the way of life of the Amazon's settlers.

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Three - Anavilhanas Sunset.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 7

Anavilhanas & Madadá Caves

AM: After breakfast, we make a three-hour round-trip hike through virgin rainforest to Madadá Caves, with our guides giving a mini jungle survival course, along the way. We then visit an Amazon farmhouse to learn about local customs, farming techniques, and crops. In the late morning, we have another chance to cool off with a dip in the Rio Negro.

PM: After lunch on board, we take the canoes to an indigenous riverside community, where the locals speak Yanomami and Tukano and have fascinating centuries-old customs. Once back on the boat we set sail to Sleepy Beach, on the Rio Jau, where we will anchor for the night. 

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Four - Exploring the Madada Caves.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 7

Jaú National Park

AM: This morning we sail to the Jaú National Park Ranger Station, and then along the Rio Jaú, a river of mirror-like waters, with likely sightings of aquatic mammals and birds. The Park consists of three major rivers - Unini to the North, Carabinani to the South, and Jau in the middle - along with countless smaller black water tributaries. The water level varies drastically during the course of the year and the igapó forest found near the waterways can be flooded for up to eight months of the year. This type of forest is tropical and humid, with as many as 200 species per hectare. 

In the rainy season, we moor the boat and take the canoes through the Park’s creeks, looking for families of Giant Otters. In the dry season, we explore the Rio Pauini, a tributary filled with boulders and waterfalls.

PM: On return to the Jacaré-Açu, we sail to the indigenous community of Aturia where we moor for the evening. After dark, we go looking for caiman and nocturnal animals in the canoes, using spotlights.

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Five - Caiman Sighting.
Location
Amazon River
Day
5 / 7

Jaú National Park

AM: This morning, after breakfast, we visit Aturia village, where we can learn more about traditional life in the Amazon. The children of the village are always extremely happy to interact with visitors, so be prepared to get involved in a game of soccer or swimming or some impromptu arts and crafts. 

Later we will be visiting a giant tree around the community, a very old lady from the ancient forest, before we begin an aquatic trail with regional canoes, keeping a lookout for Bicoh Monkeys and other animals. 

PM: Once back on the boat, we have lunch on board before we return to the IBAMA base and sail out of Jaú National Park.

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Six - Playing Football.
Location
Amazon River
Day
6 / 7

Disembarkation

AM: Today we enjoy an aquatic trail before returning to Novo Airão. Once back in Novo Airão, we take a city tour to see the ship-building, the craftsmanship, and other attractions of this Amazon River town.

PM: We have a farewell lunch on “Flor do Luar”, a floating restaurant at Anavilhanas National Park., before a relaxing swim on the Rio Negro. We'll then take the van back to Manaus, arriving mid-afternoon.

Jacaré Acu's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Seven - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River
Day
7 / 7
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8 Day - Xixuaú Reserve

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Embarkation

AM: This morning at 9:00 we pick you up from your hotel or the airport in an air-conditioned van and drive to the riverside town of Novo Airão. We arrive here at lunchtime and give you a briefing on Amazon's biology, history, and the things you may see, along the way. After boarding the Jacaré-Tinga, we start sailing through the spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago while enjoying our first delicious lunch on board.

PM: In the afternoon, we take a ride on the motorized canoes through the islands and lagoons of the archipelago. This is an area rich in wildlife, and we hope to see two species of river dolphin, as well as multiple species of birds, such as herons, egrets, macaws, parrots, caciques, oropendolas, and jacamars. To cool off, there is the chance to jump overboard for a refreshing swim in the Rio Negro. Once back on board, we set sail for Madadá Observatory and have a relaxed, tasty dinner.

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day One - Welcome to the Jungle.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 8

Anavilhanas & Madadá Caves

AM: After breakfast, we make a three-hour round-trip hike through virgin rainforest to Madadá Caves, with our guides spotting and explaining the flora and fauna as we progress. We then visit an Amazon farmhouse to learn about local customs, farming techniques, and crops. In the late morning, we have another chance to cool off in the Rio Negro, using inflatable tubes.

PM: After lunch on board, we take the canoes to an indigenous riverside community, where the locals speak Yanomami and Tukano and have fascinating centuries-old customs. Once back on the boat we set sail to Sleepy Beach, on the Rio Jau, where we will anchor for the night. Around the beach campfire, we can share stories and learn more about the way of life of the Amazon's settlers. 

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Two - Visit to the Madada Caves.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 8

Jau National Park

AM - PM: This morning we sail to the Jaú National Park Warden Station, and then along the Rio Jaú, a river of mirror-like waters, with likely sightings of aquatic mammals and birds. The Park consists of three major rivers - Unini to the North, Carabinani to the South, and Jau in the middle - along with countless smaller black water tributaries. The water level varies drastically during the year and the igapó forest found near the waterways can be flooded for up to eight months of the year. This type of forest is tropical and humid, with as many as 200 species per hectare. 

In the rainy season, we moor the boat and take the canoes through the Park’s creeks, looking for families of Giant Otters. In the dry season, we explore the Rio Pauini River, a tributary filled with boulders and waterfalls. We will certainly spot a samauma tree, the largest species on the Rio Negro, growing to over 40m (130ft).

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Three - Mirrored River.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 8

Rio Negro & Rio Jauaperi

AM: This morning, we sail past Encosta dos Passaros (Birdwatcher's Hill) to the village of Moura, where we moor for a brief visit and to stock up on supplies. Once back on board, we leave the Rio Negro and sail up the Rio Jauaperi to Gaspar Igarapé, a model alternative community based on environmental education and the maintenance of local Amazon culture.

PM: The next stop is at the village of Samaúma, where we can buy high-quality local arts and crafts made from locally-sourced wood, seeds, and reeds. Finally, around sunset, we arrive at the village of Xixuaú where we moor for the night.

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Four - Natives with arts and crafts.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 8

Xixuaú Reserve

AM - PM: After breakfast, we visit the village of Xixuaú to get to know the area and its inhabitants. We then take to the water, in small canoes, paddled by local guides, to observe the bird and aquatic mammal life in the lakes and river beaches of the area. Among the species, we are likely to see are river otters, dolphins, toucans, and howler monkeys searching for fruit in the flooded forest. Their call is unmistakable! 

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Five - Exploring the Flooded Forest.
Location
Amazon River
Day
5 / 8

Xixuaú Reserve

AM: Before breakfast, we go looking for black caiman along the river banks, near Xixuaú village. After breakfast, we begin a jungle expedition that culminates in an optional night camping in the rainforest. We begin by navigating in our expedition canoes through narrow creeks filled with crystalline water. Here we can snorkel to observe the aquatic life.

PM: On arrival at the campsite, our guides give us a short jungle survival course, showing us how to construct a shelter using the resources to be found in the area. The area is great for spotting wildlife, both in daylight and after dark. So, after dinner, we go in search of caiman and other nocturnal animals, using flashlights. We also try our hand at spearfishing, which is an essential local technique for finding food. The rest of the evening can be spent around the campfire, hearing about the legendary creatures of the rainforest before we retire to our hammocks for the night. 

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Six - Caiman Swimming.
Location
Amazon River
Day
6 / 8

Xixuaú, Rio Jauaperi & Rio Negro

AM: For those that camped in the rainforest, the day starts waking up to the sounds of the jungle. Breakfast will be at the camp, before return to Xixuaú village, looking out for wildlife along the way. Once back in Xixuaú, we have a farewell gathering in the village maloca, a traditional Amazon longhouse, before we board the Jacaré-Tinga again to begin the journey back to Novo Airão.

PM: The rest of the day is spent on board, as we sail back down the Rio Negro: a chance to relax, eat, talk about what we've seen and enjoy the views passing by from the sun deck. We continue sailing through the night. 

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Seven - Views at Sunset.
Location
Amazon River
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: We should arrive in Novo Airão at around 10:00, where we have time for a city tour to see the ship-building, the craftsmanship, and other attractions of this Amazon River town. Pink river dolphins can regularly be seen in the river near the town.

PM: We have a farewell lunch on board, before taking the van back to Manaus, arriving mid-afternoon.

Jacaré Acu's 8-Day Cruise Day Eight - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
8 / 8
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Breakfast
Bridge
Buffet
Dining
Hammocks
Lounge
Movie Night
Observation Deck
Breakfast with a river view
Bridge at sunset
Buffet setup
Table ready for dinner
Hammocks on the deck
Sofas in the lounge
People watching a movie
Observation deck at night

Suites & Cabins

Jacaré Açu's Main Deck Suite - Bunk. Jacaré Açu's Main Deck Suite - Bathroom.

Twin Bunk Cabin

Guests
2
Size
5.15 m² / 55 ft²
Beds
Twin Bunk

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.

Jacaré Açu's Upper Deck Suite - Double. Jacaré Açu's Upper Deck Suite - Bathroom.

Double Cabin

Guests
2
Size
5.6 m² / 60 ft²
Beds
Double

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.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Kosher Meals

Equipment

  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Surf boards
  • Fishing equipment
  • Yoga mats
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details