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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. 60% of the Amazon Rainforest is to be found within the borders of Brazil, making it an ideal destination for an Amazon River cruise.

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 her itineraries visit and support Amazon riverside communities. A great plus is that these cruises are all-inclusive, with fruit juices, soft drinks, mineral water, beer, fruit caipirinhas and caipiroskas to keep you hydrated (or not)!

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 on certain itineraries!


The range of itineraries offered to customers is the widest in the region, with something that appeals to everyone. A comparison of the various routes can be found below.


Jacaré-Açu cruise routes


For those who have more time, the 6 and 7-day combination itineraries offer all the sights of the two itineraries they are comprised of but in 2 days less, providing a better cost/benefit ratio and are highly recommended.

Please note that some of the longer itineraries (8+ days) can only be done on a charter basis. To see detailed day-to-day itineraries of these longer charter journeys please see the Jacaré-Tinga, the smaller sister ship of the Jacaré-Açu. 

For the shorter regular (non-charter) itineraries, please note that when a departure has seven or fewer passengers, the smaller Jacaré-Tinga sister ship 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

Jacare Acu Cruise Testimonial
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
Jacare Acu Cruise Testimonial
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
Jacare Acu Cruise Testimonial
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

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