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Jacaré-Tinga

A rustic riverboat rich in caboclo charm for far-flung expeditions with a focus on adventure.

Overview

With over 60% of the Amazon inside Brazil, there is so much to explore. To truly experience the area, you need a ship like the Jacaré-Tinga with special authorization to operate in some of the most remote regions of the Brazilian Amazon. This unique authorization, coupled with the 52-foot ship’s petite size, grants families and friends the rare opportunity to take longer cruises to unspoiled areas.

Welcome Aboard The Jacaré-Tinga

Like her larger sister ship, the Jacaré-Açu, the Jacaré-Tinga is a charming boat with a rustic, cozy style, whose green and brown exterior echoes the shades of the passing scenery. The Jacaré-Tinga welcomes up to eight guests in three air-conditioned cabins. While the rooms are designed for comfort, you aren’t likely to spend much time there since you will prefer to gather with your fellow travelers in several social areas.

On the upper deck, relax in the sun-loungers while keeping a lookout for wildlife. Grab a seat at the large dining table on the main deck for a glass of fresh juice, beer, or a caipirinha. At mealtimes, the focus is on local flavors, fresh produce, and locally-sourced ingredients. With all-inclusive pricing, all of your beverages and meals onboard are included.

Excursions From Your Jacaré-Tinga Amazon Cruise

The name Jacaré-Tinga refers to the Portuguese phrase for spectacled caiman, which can often be seen on thrilling night safaris lurking beneath the waterline. This is just one of the activities available on her 8 to 10-day cruises, which take you deep into the Amazon rainforest. No matter which option you choose, you will have opportunities for close contact with wildlife. In Jau National Park, you will take a motorized canoe in search of giant otters.

In the Ariranha Mountains, you will hike to a fantastic 820 ft high viewing point to look for rare birds, enjoy a diverse ecosystem above the rainforest, and to meditate at the summit. In the Anavilhanas Archipelago you will have the opportunity to swim with pink dolphins. Aside from the wildlife, there are many wonders to explore during your cruise.

The ten-day schedule, which is geared towards adventurous travelers, includes five nights of camping in the mountains. During this trip, you will enjoy a three-hour hike to Brazil’s largest waterfall – the El Dorado – which, at 1,158 feet tall, is destined to be a veritable highlight of your time in Brazil.

Understanding And Supporting Indigenous Communities

The Caboclo people of Amazonia have inspired the design of the boat and the vessel’s itineraries. The riverboat style of Jacaré-Tinga reflects the boat-building traditions of the local indigenous communities, for whom the crew of the Jacaré-Tinga has great respect and have designed itineraries that educate guests about their unique way of life.

Simultaneously, the activities and excursions help to support the people living in the rainforest and riverbanks. For those seeking a complete understanding of the Brazilian Amazon or a more extended and cozy cruise to rarely seen places, a Jacaré-Tinga Amazon cruise is a must.

Itineraries & Prices

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7-Day
8-Day
9-Day
9-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - 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-Tinga's 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-Tinga'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-Tinga's 4-Day Apuaú Wild Rio Negro Cruise Day Three - 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-Tinga's 4-Day Apuaú Wild Rio Negro Cruise Day Four - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

4 Day / 3 Night - Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro

itinerary map

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-Tinga's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day One - Sunset.
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-Tinga's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day Two - Natural Pools.
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-Tinga's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day Three - Swimming Excursion.
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-Tinga's 4-Day Anavilhanas Park Rio Negro Cruise Day Four - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day / 4 Night - Jau National Park

itinerary map

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

7 Day / 6 Night - 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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga's 7-Day Anajaú Cruise Day Seven - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River
Day
7 / 7
1 / 7

8 Day / 7 Night - Jauaperi River - Xixuaú Reserve

itinerary map

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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga'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-Tinga's 8-Day Cruise Day Six - Caiman Sighting.
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-Tinga's 8-Day Cruise Day Seven - Relaxing Onboard.
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-Tinga's 8-Day Cruise Day Eight - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
8 / 8
1 / 8

9 Day / 8 Night - Upper Negro River

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning, we take a commercial aircraft from Manaus to Santa Isabel, a city in the north of the state of Amazonas, where most inhabitants are of indigenous Amazon descent. 

PM: We take a guided tour of the town and then have lunch at a local restaurant. We then take a short motorboat ride to get to the port of Camanaus, where the Jacaré-Tinga is anchored, negotiating some rapids along the way. Once safely installed in our cabins, we begin sailing on the upper Rio Negro, and have our first delicious meal on board. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day One - Villagers Walking.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
1 / 9

Ariranha Mountains

AM: Today, we hike to the highpoint of the area, in the Ariranha Mountains. It is only 250m / 820ft high, but affords wonderful views of the surrounding rainforest and its birdlife, as well as having a different eco-system. For those that want, there is the option of some exercise or meditation on the summit. 

PM: Finally, we watch the sunset over the Rio Negro jungle, before descending back to the Jacaré-Tinga for dinner and overnight.

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Two - Sunset.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 9

Pedral do Jacare & Rio Yanuri

AM: This area of the upper Rio Negro is known for its rock formations, and we see the iconic Pedral do Jacaré (Caiman Rock), so-named for its resemblance to the head of a caiman. The region is also recognized for the wealth of indigenous culture, and so today we spend time in Yanomami territory, meeting locals and learning about their customs and subsistence agriculture. For the energetic, there may be the chance to join a game of soccer or volleyball with the kids of the village! 

PM: After lunch, we boat and hike to Yanuri Waterfall, where there is a chance to snorkel to see the indigenous fish species up close. We then visit the communities of Tessado and Jacamin, to understand further what life in the Amazon rainforest entails. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Three - Playing Football with Villagers.
Location
Amazon River
Day
3 / 9

Pedral do Tucurane

AM: This beautiful region of river islands, rapids, waterfalls, and riverside communities is our focus today. First, we visit the historic site of São Augustine, with its ruins of a Colonial tower, built at the beginning of the 20th Century by a prominent local family, the Jandiras. We also use the motorized canoes for exploration of the beaches and streams, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the enchanting Amazon River Otter. 

PM: Along the way, we pay a visit to the local communities of Tacara and Boa Esperanca, where we can see the local handicrafts being made, much of it from palm fibers. In the evening, we make another nocturnal canoe tour to spot the wildlife that comes out after dark. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Four - Exploring by skiff.
Location
Amazon River
Day
4 / 9

Barcelos & Middle Rio Negro

AM: This morning, we visit Barcelos, the former capital of Amazonas state, which has a real warmth and charm, as well as a fascinating history and tradition of handicrafts.

PM: As we sail through the Mariuá Archipelago, the world's largest collection of river islands, we make stops to swim and explore. At dusk, we take our places at a roost where a colony of parrots, numbering in the thousands, return for the night in an exhilarating - and noisy - spectacle. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Five - Birdwatching at night.
Location
Amazon River
Day
5 / 9

Mariuá Archipelago & Ecological Sanctuary

AM - PM: We continue sailing through the Mariuá Archipelago, today, making some fascinating stops along the way, firstly at the Amazon village of Carvoeiro, and then at a 'meeting of the waters' between the black water of the Rio Negro and the brown of the Rio Branco. Here also is an example of the Giant Kapok, the tallest tree in the region. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Six - Meeting of the Rivers.
Location
Amazon River
Day
6 / 9

Jaú National Park

AM: This morning we sail along the Rio Jaú, a tributary of the Rio Negro with mirror-like waters and likely sightings of aquatic mammals and birds.

PM: A definite highlight of the area, in the dry season, is the Rio Pauini, a smaller tributary filled with boulders and waterfalls. Here we can swim, canoe, float in inflatables, and picnic on the bank, in a wonderful setting. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Seven - Tubing.
Location
Amazon River
Day
7 / 9

Anavilhanas & Madadá Caves

AM: Today we navigate through the Anavilhanas Archipelago until we reach the region of Madadá. Here we will embark upon a three hours roundtrip trek into old-growth forest to visit the incredible Madadá Caves. These sedimentary rock formations have a geological history of about 700 million years and show signs of live when the area was under the sea.

PM: On our return we make a tour to a neighboring caboclo site to take a peek at their orchard of exotic seasonal fruits. Tonight we can either overnight on board or stay in hammocks on Madadá Belvedere, a two-floored bungalow with bathroom, set amongst the rainforest with beautiful views of the Rio Negro.

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Eight - Madada Caves.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
8 / 9

Disembarkation

AM: Today we continue sailing through the Anavilhanas Archipelago to Novo Airão. On the way, we may have the chance to swim Pink River Dolphins. A real highlight.

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

Jacaré-Tinga's 9-Day Upper Negro River Cruise Day Nine - Disembarkation.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
9 / 9
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9 Day / 8 Night - Serra do Araca

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This morning, we transfer you to the airport for your scheduled 7:00 flight from Manaus to Barcelos. On arrival at Barcelos Airport, we welcome you and take you on a tour of the city to explore the former capital of Amazonas state, which has a real warmth and charm, as well as a fascinating history and tradition of native workmanship. We then board the Jacaré-Tinga, settle into our cabins and meet the crew before setting sail on our expedition to the Aracá Mountain range. As the boat sails through Mariuá, the largest fluvial archipelago in the world, the guide gives an introductory briefing, outlining the itinerary and some of the remarkable geography and biology that we will see. We then have lunch on board. 

PM: We continue sailing upstream during the afternoon and evening, reaching the Aracá River. This is a great time to get used to life onboard an Amazon cruise ship and enjoy the majestic Amazon scenery and wildlife passing by. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day One - Welcome to the Rainforest.
Location
Manaus - Amazon River
Day
1 / 9

Aracá River, Bacuquara & Tauatu

AM: We awake outside Bacuquara, a caboclo community, on the shores of the Aracá River, and after breakfast, we visit the village to meet the locals and witness some of their customs, such as the grinding of farinha - a flour made from yuca - hunting and fishing, agriculture, and handicrafts.

PM: After our walk, we return to the boat to continue sailing up the Aracá River. We make a stop for a refreshing swim in the sweet river water. Around sunset, we arrive at Tauatu Creek, where we moor for the night.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Two - Visiting Native Communities.
Location
Amazon River
Day
2 / 9

Tauatu Creek, Seu Anisio & Basecamp One

AM: Breakfast on board, followed by a trip in a motorized canoe through this beautiful creek, with dense vegetation lining the banks, up to the caboclo village of Seu Anisio. Here, we meet the locals and have lunch. The Aracá Mountains are already visible in the distance. They are part of the Guyana Plateau, which is one of the oldest geological formations on Earth.

PM: After lunch, we continue by speedboat to Basecamp One, at the foot of the mountain range, where we set up our campsite. We have dinner around the fire, and then spend the night in our tents surrounded by the unique sounds of the forest after dark.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Three - Skiff Excursion.
Location
Amazon River - Amazon Plain
Day
3 / 9

Aracá Mountains, Hike to Basecamp Two

AM: We have breakfast in the camp at daybreak and then begin our medium level hike to the top of the Aracá Mountain range. This takes approximately eight hours, with stops for rest, refreshment, and the observation of flora and fauna. As we go higher, we see a change in the vegetation as the rivers, creeks and flooded forest of the Great Amazonian Plain gives way to the ancient rocks and waterfalls of the Guyana Plateau.

PM: On arrival at Basecamp Two, at the top of the mountain we set up our tents, and have a hearty dinner around the campfire.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Three - Forest Landscapes.
Location
Amazon Plain
Day
4 / 9

Aracá Mountains & El Dorado Waterfall

AM: El Dorado Waterfall Brazil Amazon tour. We awake to fantastic views from atop the Aracá Mountain range, and have breakfast. We then hike a short distance to a waterfall lookout to appreciate the 200m (656 ft) drop and the beautiful landscape. We then make the three-hour hike to El Dorado Waterfall, the biggest in Brazil, which has 353m (1,158 ft) of free-falling water, and a true highlight of the tour.

PM: We have a picnic lunch in the area, and time to relax and explore, before returning to Basecamp Two for the night.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Five - Sailing to Waterfalls.
Location
Amazon Plain
Day
5 / 9

Aracá Mountains, Boto Waterfall & Parima Lake

AM: Today is planned as a buffer day, in case logistical or climatic conditions have made it impossible to reach El Dorado Waterfall on Day 5. If all has gone smoothly, there are some very nice, relaxed options for the day. There is an easy trail to Boto Waterfall, which is approximately 200 meters (656 ft) high. And we can have a leisurely swim in Parima Lake. 

PM: We spend the night back at Basecamp 2, with dinner and chat around the campfire. 

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Six - Relaxing Onboard.
Location
Amazon Plain
Day
6 / 9

Aracá Mountains, Basecamp Two & Basecamp One

AM: After breakfast, we begin the hike back down to Basecamp One, making the usual stops for refreshment, rest, and the observation of flora and fauna.

PM: We have a final night's camping at Basecamp One.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Seven - Breakfast Onboard.
Location
Amazon Plain
Day
7 / 9

Tauatu & Aracá River

AM: From Basecamp One, we make the journey by motorized canoe to the mouth of the Tauatu creek, where our boat is anchored.

Once back on board, we begin sailing downstream to Novo Airao.

PM: Tonight, we have a special group dinner on board to celebrate our achievement of seeing the El Dorado Waterfall.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Eight - Sunset.
Location
Amazon Plain - Amazon River
Day
8 / 9

Disembarkation

AM: Having sailed through the Anavilhanas Archipelago, we arrive in Novo Airão, where there is the chance to swim with Pink River Dolphins. We also take a city tour to see the ship-building, the craftsmanship, and other attractions of this Amazon River town

PM: We have a last lunch on board before disembarking to travel by air-conditioned van to Manaus airport or a hotel, arriving mid-afternoon.

Jacaré-Tinga's 10-Day Acara Sierra Cruise Day Nine - River Swimming Excursion.
Location
Amazon River - Manaus
Day
9 / 9
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Kitchen
Bow
Bridge
Covered Patio
Dining Room
Embarkation Pier
Kitchen
Observation Deck
Sun Deck
Kitchen onboard
Bow
Steering wheen on the bridge
Outdoor patio
Dining Room
Chair on a pier
Kitchen with a river view
Lounge chairs on the deck

Suites & Cabins

Jacaré-Tinga's Twin Bunk Suite. Jacaré-Tinga's Twin Bunk Suite.

Twin Bunk Suite

Guests
4
Size
6.2 m² / 67 ft²
Beds
Twin Bunk

This cabin has adequate shelving where you can arrange clothes, private ensuite facilities with a shower, a toilet, and comfortable bedding, including goose feather pillows. The suite features a window for the guest to enjoy some fresh air and the beautiful scenery of the river.

Jacaré-Tinga's Matrimonial Suite. Jacaré-Tinga's Matrimonial Suite - Double.

Matrimonial Suite

Guests
2
Size
4.4 m² / 47 ft²
Beds
Double

Both matrimonial suites are air conditioned to ensure guest comfort. Each cabin comes with private bathrooms containing basic amenities, a window facing the river to bring in some fresh air, shelves for your belongings, and the option to share.

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