Madadá Caves


Expedition to the magical indian caves hidden deep in the rainforest

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In addition to the traditional Amazonian cruises, we now offer new routes in an expedition charter for a deeper experience of the Amazon. Small groups - from 4 to 10 people - to provide a more personalized and cozy trip. Since 2005, we have been providing different trips to places not frequented by other tourist boats. These new routes came from the idea of presenting something new to our clients who love visiting the Amazon.
Encontro das Águas

Day 1: Manaus - Janauari Lake - Meeting of Waters

Boarding at 10 a.m. at Marina do Davi (next to the Tropical Hotel). Everyone aboard, we will have a brief meeting to introduce the crew, explain the safety procedures, navigation and routes. After deliverying the cabins, we will embark on a speedboat that will take us to the first tour of the day.

We begin to sail to the East, where we can see the outskirts of Manaus City, Ponta Negra beach, the dome of the Amazonas Theater, the favelas, the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market and also a colossal engineering work: the Floating Port. We continue sailing through the Rio Negro up to the Ecological Reserve Lake Janauari, where there are many floating houses. Lunch will be on a floating restaurant, where we can enjoy the Amazonian cuisine (lunch included). After lunch, we will walk along a suspended walkway, from where it is possible to play with wild monkeys and observe various other species of animals and plants, including Victoria amazonica, the famous Victoria Regia.

But the climax of the day is yet to come: it's when we head to this Nature's wonder, unique in the world, the so-called Meeting of the Waters. Two giant rivers, Negro and Solimões, running side by side without mixing. A true spectacle! But the day is not over yet, and we will further visit a floating house where they create some big Pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), an icon fish of the Amazon. Back on board, we will navigate upwards the Rio Negro heading West while contemplating the sunset. At dusk, we will be arriving near the Tukano indian village, inside the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve, the gateway to Anavilhanas. At the beach of Palmeiral land reserve, we'll settle down for the night.

Trekking in the jungle

Day 2: Palmeiral Reserve - Anavilhanas National Park

The first activity of the second day is an adventure on land. The walk in the forest at the Palmeira site is an excellent opportunity to get to know up close the life that exists inside the Amazon rainforest. We will enter the forest, learn about the species of plants and large trees that live there, as well as insects and special animals of that forest. We will know the Rubber Tree, from which is extracted the latex, the rubber; product responsible for much of Brazil's economic and social development during the rubber boom. During the walk through the forest, accompanied by an experienced mate, will also be presented some techniques of survival in the jungle.

Then we will head towards the National Park of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, an area of ​​350,000 hectares with more than 650 groups of islands forming a unique ecosystem in the world.

We will sail through the labyrinth of islands to a place known as Três Bocas, in the Praia do Camaleão region. At dusk, a canoe ride to observe the wildlife of this special ecosystem.

Madadá Caves

Day 3: Madadá Caves

We continue sailing the boat through the labyrinth of islands of Anavilhanas. When we arrive at our destination, we will enter the woods for a walk that lasts about two hours. We will visit the Caves of Madada.

A little known place, in the middle of the jungle, which can only be reached by boat, canoe and then walking. The caves are a magical and unique place, and the surrounding forest has an air of mystery. There, tribal chiefs of the Indians hid during the Portuguese occupation. Let's enjoy this enchanted place enjoying its peculiar and mysterious fauna and flora. The caves serve as shelter for forest animals, bats, spiders, among others. We must be careful and careful during the whole walk, for sometimes one can observe traces of the excellent predator, the jaguar.

When we return, we continue the navigation through the archipelago towards the Paraná do Boto and Três Bocas. In the afternoon, we can make a non-predatory fishing of the fearsome piranhas. In the evening, a canoe trip to observe the nocturnal animals, especially the alligators.

Indian Ritual

Day 4: Três Bocas - Ariaú River

We start the fourth day with a visit to Terra Preta, where there is an indigenous village. There we found handicrafts made by Indians themselves - baskets, necklaces, wooden plates, bows and arrows. Let's see how cassava is grown and watch the process of producing flour, tapioca, gum and other derivatives. We will visit the Maloca (traditional straw house) of the Indians, where the Pajé of the tribe will welcome us with the presentation of a ritual with the participation of the tribe.

Our next destination will be the Ariaú River. On the way, during navigation, we can bathe on beaches of white sands, typical of the Negro River and Anavilhanas Islands. At dusk we will reach the Ariaú River, well known for being the filming location of the movie 'Anaconda'.

At night, a canoe ride gives us the experience of listening and observing the nocturnal animals of that ecosystem. The union between the Solimões and Negro Rivers makes the Ariaú River a mixed environment, with fauna and flora of both environments. It is common to find alligators in this river.

Motorboat Ride

Day 5: Ariaú River - Manaus

Early morning to contemplate the sunrise. The experience of the day brightening within the Amazon forests brings a deep sense of peace.

In the Ariaú River, a canoe trip to enjoy the daytime nature. It is possible to see wild animals such as sloth, guariba monkeys, monkey scents, birds such as jaguars, parrots, herons and gypsy ancestors. Among the trees, one of the most prominent in the forest of that region is the giant Samaúma.

If you want (optional activity), you can swim with the pink dolphins in a floating house, where they come for fish bait and also to play with the tourists.

We will sail back to Manaus, with lunch on board, enjoying a delicious menu of Brazilian and Amazonian cuisine.

Departure: Monday, at 10 a.m. at the Marina do Davi (near the Tropical Hotel)
Arrival: Friday, near 1 p.m.

Note: all routes are subject to change according to weather conditions, environment and Nature's overall aspect. Animals are wild and many places visited on our expeditions are not frequented by tourists, so we do not guarantee that all experiences will be the same. During the travel there is no cell phone signal nor Internet connection, which liberates us from distractions and allows us to live the present moment with more intensity, a key factor to connect with Mother Nature.

Additional Information

Private Canoe Ride (Electric Powered)
Wanna see the forest up close? Embark on a private tour by electric canoe, accompanied by experienced guide. Watch wild animals, streams and igapós (flooded forest).
Swimming With Pink Dolphins
The pink boto is a species of freshwater dolphin that lives freely in the Amazonian rivers. They approach human presence when we offer them fish baits as food. They are docile, playful and enjoy interacting with tourists.
Panoramic Flight in Seaplane
At the end of the trip, when you return to Manaus, you can choose to take a panoramic tour, in a hydroplane, to see from up above how beautiful the Amazon region is. Please ask pricing and availability in advance.

Note: please contact us in advance for availability and pricing.

In addition to clothes, equipment, medicines and hygiene items that everyone needs on a trip, it is also good to bring the following items:

*Long sleeve shirt
*Wool or jacket shirt
*Boots or sneakers
*Waterproof sandals for boat use
*Flashlights and batteries
*Sunscreen (factor 30/60)
*Wet wipes
*Cantil or bottle of water
*Biscuits or cereal bars
*Chargers (cell phone, camera, ...)
*Waterproof bag for camera, cell phone and other objects


Yellow fever (consult the nearest vaccination center);

Prevention against malaria (although near Negro River the presence of the mosquito and this disease is very rare);

We recommend visiting a travel and vaccination center at least 30 days in advance. Remember to bring specific medications.

Travel Insurance

The traveler is responsible for any type of insurance that may be required.
The boat has compulsory insurance, as required by law, which covers possible accidents solely during the navigation. Activities outside the boat are not covered by this insurance. With the exception of activities such as tree climbing and flying in seaplane, where insurance is in charge of the company providing the service.

+ All meals
+ Water and coffee
+ Accommodation in cabins with bunk beds, double bed and cabin with bathroom
+ Sheets and towels
+ Excursions as described in the itineraries
+ Bilingual naturalist guide
+ Use of kayaks

Optional activities during the trips:
* Night camp in the jungle
* Kayak with electric motor
* Night walking in the jungle
* Swimming with dolphins
* Panoramic flight - contact us for pricing
* Tree climbing - contact us in advance

- Transfers
- Airline tickets
- Airport Fees
- Medical emergency costs
- Freebies
- Souvenirs or additional services
- Insurance (travel, accidents, medical emergencies, evacuations, etc.)
- Passport costs
- Everything that is not listed as included

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