Jacaré-Açu: 4-Day Wild Cruise

Apuaú Wild Itinerary Map

4-Day Wild Apuaú Cruise

This four-day trip takes you to the lower Rio Negro region, through the spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago between the Apaú, Jauperi and Branco rivers, home to some of most beautiful and wild waterfalls in the whole region.

This new and adventurous itinerary is ideal for those seeking waterfall fun, deeper exploration of the Amazon and more contact with nature and includes an overnight jungle stay in tents or hammocks.


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

The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary.

Jacare-Acu Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Manaus - Novo Airão - Anavilhanas

After being picked up from your Manaus hotel at around 09:00 am, we will be transfered 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.

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.

Jacare-Acu Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 2: Apuaú Wild Waterfalls 

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.

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 stay in tents or hammocks.

Jacare-Acu Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 3: Waterfall Circuit 

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’. 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.

Jacare-Acu Amazon Cruise Itinerary

Day 4: Anavilhanas National Park 

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. After a farewell lunch on the boat we are transfered from Novo Airão to Manaus, arriving around 15:00 pm.

  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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