Jaú Expedition

8 days & 7 nights

Jaú National Park, recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco)

Differential of this itinerary

The route includes a visit to Anavilhanas National Park, Rio Jaú, Terra Preta Community, and Novo Airão city, including ecological tours, visits to the riverside communities, visit a central Amazon handicraft, bird watching, special visit and contemplation of Fauna and Flora in the  Jaú National Park.

09:00 a.m. Departure from Manaus harbor for the Jau Expeditions on boat.
The programs will start with the cruise down river, visiting the meeting of the waters (Negro and Amazon River), a visit to a floating Village with 30 families, (it is a very interesting place, where the guest will have an idea how people live on floating houses) afterwards guests will visit Janauarilandia (a National Park) to have a catwalk view of the giant water lilies.

Lunch on board – After Lunch departure from Januarilandia to Jacareubal (about 01:40 p.m.) – Dinner and Overnight on board in hammocks or cabins.

06:00 a.m. Departure to Arara River (2 hours).
Breakfast on board. Arrival at Arara River, followed by rainforest trekking with the tour guide and a local guide from the Arara community, during the trekking the group will get information about the flora and fauna of the region including the medicinal plants. After the trekking, a barbecue lunch and time for swimming in the Arara River.

On the afternoon, cruise up to Anavilhanas Archipelago (four hundred islands (National Park) Sunset tour in canoes. Dinner on board. Nocturnal Excursion – Caiman spotting and sounds of the Rainforest at night – Overnight on board in hammocks or cabins.

Sunrise and birding watching tour in canoes in the Anavilhanas Archipelago

Breakfast on board – Departure to visit the Terra Preta community (it is an Indian village with church and school). This people are a mixture between Indian and Caboclos.

Lunch on board – Cruise up stream to Cueiras River.

Dinner on board, night Trekking and overnight in the Rainforest (in hammocks).

Breakfast and all day on board.  During Navigation the group will have time to enjoy de Rio Negro landscape.

Morning in Jaú, Breakfast, trekking in the park – Bird watching as well the different kinds of vegetations – Lunch, then paddling in small canoes and afternoon piranha fishing. Dinner on board, after dinner, nocturnal excursion with a chance of animal spotting (overnight in hammocks or cabins).

05:30 a.m. Sunrise tour Breakfast Visit and bathing by the Jaú Waterfalls.

Lunch Afternoon canoe trip to watch the Amazon River Otter and other Animals and birds like toucans, Macaws, Monkeys and probably snakes.

Departure to the city of Novo Airão (lunch on board) the group will visit the town and after that they will see the children swimming with fresh water dolphins if interested can participate they will charge an amount for the fish that feed the dolphins about 15 of them.

Dinner on board, after a walking tour of the little town to get an idea of the night life of Novo Airão – Overnight on board in hammocks or cabins.

Breakfast and all day on board During Navigation the group will have time to relax and write postcards and we will stop for swim on a Beach along the way and this is great time observing different wild life of Amazon, like birds and mammals.

Details for better use of your experience

  • At the flood season (April, May and June): The tours are mostly forays through the Igarapés and Igapós;
  • In the dry season (October, November and December): Ecological walks along the trails of Parna and tours through waterfalls and rapids.

Accommodation: As it is a private trip, the boat can be selected according to the client's preferences

  • Regional boats accommodated with hammocks or cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom;
  • Yachts with capacity for small groups up to 10 pax / larger up to 32 pax.


  • Regional boat with SGL or DBL cabins;
  • Air conditioning;
  • Private bathroom.

What is included

  • Transfers In and Out to the boat;
  • Accommodation according to the chosen boat;
  • All meals;
  • Mineral water;
  • Exotic Amazon native fruit juice;
  • All tours mentioned on programme;
  • English or Spanish speaking tour guides.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance of any kind;
  • Alcoholic beverages, such as beer and wine, which can be arranged per your request for moderate consumption. We do bring a couple bottles of cachaça (brazilian sugar cane rum) to mix fresh lime Caipirinhas on ice in the evening. Our treat and tradition.

What to bring in the backpack

We recommend a medium Backpack, which will be used during your jungle adventure, with the following items:

Travel insurance

  • Due to the extreme nature and risks associated with these trips, we strongly recommend that you take individual travel insurance that reflects your personal and family histories;
  • We inspect the vessels we work with regularly, and carry safety, first aid, and emergency equipment on board;
  • We are also connected with logistics for patient removal by helicopter services available in the region if needed;
  • For your trip, we will also be carrying a low refrigeration antidote for snakebites. It is very unlikely that we will need it, but we take every precaution available to us;
  • Manaus has two very good hospitals, one specializing in tropical medicine;
  • We assume no responsibilities for lost or damaged items and personal equipment and gear during the trip, unless it happens by negligence from our part.

Passport, vaccinations and health report

We will need copies of the picture page of your passport and vaccination cards. Recommended that you take the yellow fever shot and bring medications for any existing previous conditions you may have. I am personally against taking the malaria pill, and there is no proof of its effectiveness.

The side effects can also be greater than the symptoms sometimes, and there are very few cases detected in a single year, but it this is ultimately your choice. Please let us know of any existing conditions you may have that we should be aware of, such as allergies, diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems. We will keep this information confidential.

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