Your tour begins with the Amazon Jungle stretching out below as you arrive in Manaus, the City at the Heart of the Amazon. You embark on a cruise on one of the Katerre Expeditions fleet, comfortable vessels , exploring the Amazon Rainforest around Manaus, This five day cruise around the Jaú National Park is an excellent mix of Amazon activities and wildlife spotting opportunities.
Cruise the Amazon River
Take a cruise on the Amazon River, the world’s largest river system, to experience the ambience of the Amazon Jungle. Leave the boat for a closer look on jungle treks through the rainforest and canoe trips through the creeks. Take night-time expeditions to see caimans and other nocturnal creatures. Visit Amazon communities and learn how they adapt to life in the world’s largest rainforest. Awaken early to be staggered by the dawn chorus that makes every morning special in the Amazon. Feast on fruits and fish found only in the Amazon, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle at night from the deck of your boat as you Cruise the Amazon with Brazil Adventure Tours.
Katerre Amazon Cruises
The Katerre Expeditions Cruises have many options of different lengths departing throughout the year on boats with 8-16 berths. There are cruises of 3, 4, 6 and 7 nights with regular departures, plus longer expeditions deep into remote areas of the Amazon of 8 and 9 nights. Other routes are available too but only for private bookings. The cruises all begin from Novo Airao, the boat-building community on the edge of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. With so many tributaries to explore, the observation of flora and fauna can be varied. The longer the cruise, the more the outer reaches can be visited. Katerre is a wonderful cruise option for adventurous people.
- Destinations: Amazon - Manaus
- Duration: 4 Night Cruise
- Trip Style: Traditional
- Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism - Cruises
Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!
|Day 1 : Over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus
|Your flight takes you over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus, flying above miles of nothing but green jungle and silver rivers for the final hour or more. The sight of nothing but trees is a special one if the rainforest cloud clears for you. On arrival in the city, you will be met for transfer to your hotel in the city. A tour of Manaus takes in the amazing array of Amazon produce at the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market and the Floating Dock on the edge of the Rio Negro. You will then visit the Amazon Theatre, the symbol of the city built during the rubber boom that made Manaus famous around the world. You return to your hotel after the tour with the evening free.|
|Day 2 : Cruising the Anavilhanas Archipelago
Manaus to Anavilhanas Archipelago
|In the morning you begin the 3hr road journey across the Rio Negro and upriver to Novo Airao. Here you board and have lunch as the Katerre Expedition embarks on the Rio Negro to Anavilhanas, the largest freshwater archipelago on earth. A smaller launch also takes you to explore the islands and lagoons of the area. A chance for a swim in the Rio Negro waters comes before the vessel heads to the Mirante do Madadá viewpoint. After dinner on board you have the choice to spend the night in your cabin or in a hammock or chalet in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest with a beautiful view of the Rio Negro and the anchored cruise boat.|
|Day 3 : Amazon Encounters
Anavilhanas Archipelago to Madada
|Your day begins with the experience of an Amazon dawn. The forest comes alive with noise and colour as the avian life of the forest wakes up in a chorus of calls. After breakfast you can take a hike, with a 3hr trail through primary Amazon Rainforest to the Madadá Caves. The caboclo people are a mixture of indigenous and European blood. After lunch on board, you visit an indigenous community and learn some of the Yanomami and Tukano native languages before a presentation of colourful Amazon costumes. The boat embarks in the late afternoon for Praia do Sono with dinner and a fire on the beautiful river beach.|
|Day 4 : Amazon Wildlife Spotting
Jau National Park
|Morning breaks at anchor off Praia do Sono before you embark up Rio Jau with its still waters making for photogenic reflections. The Jau National Park is a protected area of Amazon Rainforest with excellent viewing opportunities for bird-life and aquatic mammals. When the waters are high from February to August, the launch takes you through the creeks and channels of the park, with giant otters often spotted. The dry season months bring a journey up the Rio Pauini, with its rapids. After returning, the cruise vessel embarks to visit the Aturiá Community, with a night-time canoe safari to spot nocturnal creatures such as the Amazon caiman.|
|Day 5 : Amazon Culture
Jau National Park
|After waking at anchor by the Aturiá Community, your day begins with a look at the lifestyle and culture of the people, and the methods they use to survive in the Amazon Rainforest. There is the chance to play with the children of the village too, perhaps with the ever-popular football. This may also be a good idea for presents to bring from home that will give a lot of pleasure to locals of all ages. After lunch you have the option of Amazon Tree Climbing in the huge Brazil Nut trees that grow in the area. A trek through primary forest takes you to the Sucuriju Waterfall, with aquatic mammals visible along the way. The waterfall also provides a swimming stop.|
|Day 6 : Saying Goodbye to the Amazon
Novo Airao to Manaus & Away
|Your final day in the Amazon brings the chance to say hello to the Amazon River Dolphins, friendly creatures found in the waters of Novo Airao who appear to enjoy the company of humans. Some are pink, with grey and a mix of pink and grey creatures also appearing. After a look at Novo Airao, a traditional boat-building community with Amazon arts and crafts, and a farewell lunch you return to Manaus, arriving at 6pm. Options for evening flights out of Manaus exist, although an extra night in the city may be required. Perhaps combine your Katerre Amazon Expedition with other Brazil destinations such as Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls.|
|PRICES||Simple||3 Star||4 Star||Luxury|
|Per Adult *||US$ 1,900||US$ 1,950||US$ 1,975||US$ 2,050|
|Domestic Flights **||N/A|
|Suggested Hotels||Simple||3 Star||4 Star||Luxury|
|Amazon||Katerre Cruise Boat||Katerre Cruise Boat||Katerre Cruise Boat||Katerre Cruise Boat|
|Manaus||On Request||Go Inn Manaus||Tropical Hotel Manaus||Tropical Hotel Manaus - Luxury|
* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.
- Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?
- Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?
- What is the best time of year for this tour?
Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?
Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.
Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?
Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.
What is the best time of year for this tour?
April - May - June - July - August - September - October