8 days Jatapu River Adventure Expedition | PlanetaEXO
From USD 1,280.00 per person

8 days Jatapu River Adventure Expedition

From USD 1,280.00 per person
Level 2
Accommodation Included
Multiple Days
Meals Included
Group Size 2-8
About the adventure

The Amazon jungle and the river Jatapu will open their beautiful scenery for you while sightseeing boat and kayaking through its lush forest.


Morning kayaking early (6:00) can be a good choice because it increases the possibility of seeing rare animals like tapirs, electric eels and the magnificent harpy. In the evening kayak trip is always exciting to observe nocturnal animals, including alligator spotting.


At the bottom of the river Jatapu, adventurers will go through an ecosystem of different forests. In this area, the width of the river will be higher with some small lakes and entrances on the sides. There will be very quiet streams, where we can see monkeys, coatis (raccoon family), and egrets.


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Day by day


Day 1 - Beginning of the Expedition
Pick up at the Hotel in Manaus at 8 am. Car transfer Manaus - Itapiranga (about 5 hours, 340 km), with a break in the village of Lindóia. Arrive in Itapiranga, boarding the regional boat. Beginning of the Expedition. Sleeping in a hammock on the boat or camping on the Uatumã River.

Late in the afternoon, the rainforest tracker will guide trekkers as far as they wish for the overnight camping in the deeper rainforest. Basic camping gear, smaller hammocks, and prepared food will be put in everyone’s daypacks and carried into the mysterious rainforest. This is a once in a lifetime experience, to be in the middle of the deep Amazonian rainforest, in total darkness, listening to and trying to view nocturnal animals. Most animals are not seen during the day, as 80% are nocturnal. Sometimes, animals may come very close to the camping place since we don’t make any fire to better welcome our night visitors. This is a safe and mysteriously thrilling experience


Day 2 - Going up the Jatapu River
Boat trip up the Jatapu River, General information about the river and its communities. Birdwatching and dolphins are also common. Sleeping in a hammock on the boat.


Expedição Jatapu


Day 3 -  Kayaking, visit locals and the possibility of fishing
The Amazon jungle and the Jatapu River will open their beautiful surroundings to you while kayaking through its luxuriant rainforest. Throughout the whole expedition, you will spend time kayaking through a variety of waters.


Early morning kayaking (6:00 am) may be a good choice since leaving from this specific area, will give you the best chance to see rare animals like tapirs, electric eels and the magnificent harpy eagle. Then, night kayaking is always exciting, as you head for your Nocturnal Animal Observation*, including the alligator spotting.


In the lower part of the Jatapu river, adventurers will go through a different rainforest ecosystem.  In this area, the river will be larger with a few small lakes entrances on the sides. There will very quiet streams where we may see monkeys, coatis (raccoon family) and white herons.


Caiaque Rio Jatapu


Day 4 - Kayaking and hiking, visit flour house (traditional manioc plant processing) and camping in the jungle
Some areas of the Jatapu River are in the higher land ecosystem with hundreds of plant species and trees up to 60 meters high (200 feet). In this ecosystem, the intertwined canopy in some areas can totally block the passage of light making the area extremely humid, obscure and with little ventilation, yet, amazingly beautiful.


This activity will have you trekking in the higher land rainforest. As needed, we’ll clear trails and stop frequently when we find interesting medicinal plants, resins to make torches, water-vines and much other fascinating information from our guide’s vast knowledge.  He’ll also show you how to live from the rainforest with some basic survival techniques.


Have to mention here the Night Hiking! On your way to the overnight camping in the deeper rainforest.


Casa de Farinha


Day 5 - Down the Jatapu River by kayak, visiting and exploring small lakes, visit the local family and trail in the forest to a small and refreshing waterfall, sleeping on the boat or camping
Locals are very friendly and receptive; you can experience firsthand, part of their reality and the way of life of the people of the Amazon. You can learn about the traditional manioc plant processing, a staple crop, and discover how they extract the poisonous liquid from the roots. If you are lucky, you may see local people carving a canoe or a homemade 15 meters (50 feet) motorized wood fishing boat. In exchange for the visit, sometimes clients like to give gifts of school supplies like colorful crayons, perfumes, soccer ball.




Day 6 - Kayaking, visit the Ararinha Community, receive local knowledge, night walk, animal night spotting, sleeping on the boat or camping
The nocturnal animal observation will be done after sunset using spotlights to localize the animals by the reflection of their eyes. The guide will try to catch a caiman/alligator without hurting himself or the animal using his experience and techniques. For the brave ones, it’s possible to hold the caiman, assuming it’s not over a meter (3 foot) long. After some explanations and a few pictures, the guide will slowly set the caiman free. Other nocturnal animals, like spiders, snakes, owls or giant frogs could also be seen.


Camping Jatapu


Day 7 - Down Kayak, down the Jatapu River by boat, visit the city of São Sebastião do Uatumã, sleeping on the boat or camping
Sunrise and sunset in the Amazon are around 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. A spectacular mix of yellow, orange and reddish colors in the sky blending in the waters and the different shade of greens from the forest, it’s enchanting.  When still, the reflection effect is so perfect that you have to look twice to see where the water, forest or skyline is. It’s one of the most beautiful and photographic landscapes that Amazon has to offer. The sound of the birds waking up or going to sleep also complements this unique atmosphere.


Day 8 - Boat Trip!
We follow down the beauty of Uatumã River by boat, all the way to Itapiranga Regional Port, from where we drive back to Manaus in a 5-hour road trip.





What is included

  • Pick up and drop off at the hotel;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Food and water;
  • ‘Caipirinha’ drink;
  • Canoeing and camping equipment;
  • Support boat.

What is not included

  • Breakfast on the first day;
  • Personal hygiene products;
  • Towel.

What to bring

  • Long-sleeved shirts;
  • Pants;
  • T-Shirt;
  • Swimwear;
  • Shorts;
  • Mosquito repellent;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Hat;
  • Small knife;
  • Raincoat;
  • Flashlight;
  • Camera;
  • Thermos bottle;
  • Trekking shoes.


  • Hammocks - camping or boat.

Requirements & Additional Information

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Sleeping on the boat or doing camping will depend on the client's wishes, weather conditions, and river level
  • Inform the guide in case of dependence on medicines or health conditions
  • Prices are subject to change at any moment. You must send an inquiry to receive an official offer. Confirmed reservations are not subject to price changes.


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 11 reviews)


Totally immersed in nature

November 1, 2022

A colleague and I decided to do the Urubur River Expedition. It was a private tour and most of the time we weren’t seeing any other humans at all on the river! Since we wanted to also see the beautiful waterfalls of Presidente Figueiredo, the guide arranged to add an additional day for seeing some of the best waterfalls and at night we were sleeping next to a very beautiful waterfall!

During the trip, we saw some snakes, a family of giant otters (that was really amazing!), caimans, monkeys, and birds. You cant expect it to be a zoo though. The Amazon is not the best place to spot animals, it’s more about being totally immersed in nature. Especially sleeping in the forest every night was a very nice thrill and experience. Also seeing one of the most beautiful star skies, the forest full of fireflies, and doing kayak alone on the river in the early morning hours are very special experiences. It’s very hot all the time but the river is nice to get a fresh bath anytime you need.

The guides are very nice people and really great cooks that were able to provide awesome food every day in the limited environment. Everything was well organized and its a very authentic and environmentally-respectful trip. I really loved it! But it’s also not for everybody. You should not expect it to be like a zoo and you should be able to enjoy just being on the river and seeing the forest for hours (could be monotonic for some people). Also kayaking for 200 KM can be exhausting, although there is always the option that the guide helps you with some parts.

Lars K. (England)

Truly immersive and felt very authentic

September 12, 2022

My friend and I went on a 9-day trip to the Amazon. The guide was wonderful and kind guide, and the experience was truly once in a lifetime. He is very flexible and understanding, willing to accommodate any issues or personal preferences. The trip was truly immersive and felt very authentic all the while staying true to its environmentally-friendly label. Could not recommend more to anyone looking to live a thrill!

Nathan Canadas (USA)

Authentic and private Amazonian experience with great guides!

August 5, 2022

I went on this tour with my three friends and our two guides. This was an amazing experience! We spent 5 days canoeing and 4 nights camping on the Urubu River. We went to a few waterfalls and into a bat cave. We also did the piranha fishing. HereR17;s what you’re probably asking:

1. What about the bugs? Not a problem AT ALL. We arrived from Florida and the mosquitoes in the Amazon aren’t even close to the mosquitoes we have in the US. We were told the water is too acidic for the mosquitoes and this proved to be true. No other bugs bothered us.

2. What about showers and the bathroom? Well it is camping. The river is very refreshing and cool after a long day of paddling. Each campsite also has little offshoot trails where you can find some privacy if you need it.

3. What is the sleeping arrangement? You will sleep in a big cloth hammock with a blanket. This was super comfortable and peaceful. Each hammock will have a tarp over it to protect you from the rain and the open air is nice so it doesn’t get stuffy.

4. What do you eat? The guide is a fantastic chef! He brought a propane burner to cook and made us gourmet meals the entire trip. We ate better at camping than we did in the city. He also prepares meals using native food like plantains, fish, tapioca, fruit juices, and farinha. I am vegetarian and he even accommodated me with hard-boiled eggs each day. The food definitely does not disappoint.

5. What if I don’t paddle much? I had only done light paddleboarding before this trip and I have very little upper body strength. I was able to finish this trip with no problems. The paddling is easy going so you can take your time. The guides will help if you are tired. And at the end of the trip (depending on your type of trip), we were hooked up to a motor and were able to enjoy the river for a few hours without paddling.

6. What about the animals? We saw many beautiful birds (macaws, parrots, vultures, etc). We also saw some cool bugs and reptiles though not too many. We did not see any jaguars but did see some fresh jaguar footprints. We heard howler monkeys at night and little creatures scurrying around. Mostly you will hear the jungle but you won’t see too much. It is very nice.

Lastly, the guides were very helpful during the entire process. They were quick to answer emails and picked us up/dropped us off wherever we needed in Manaus. They also were happy to answer any questions. They made us feel very comfortable and I think this is one of the best private and authentic tours out there!

Tess H. (USA)

A very Amazonian experience!

February 20, 2022

A great expedition! A very Amazonian experience. For those who like forest, nature, river, I highly recommend it!

Rita Pelicano

It’s a trip that is well worth it!

February 13, 2022

I know many places in the Amazon and this is one that will always stay in my memory. The landscape that surrounds the Urubu river is rich and still relatively preserved, the cave along the trail is unforgettable. It’s a trip that is well worth it! I always recommend it to friends.

Valesca C.

The guide is very knowledgeable and professional

December 7, 2021

The guide is very knowledgeable and professional that provides a great overview of the area with local insights.

Winfield (USA)

A truly unforgettable experience

October 13, 2021

A sensational and truly unforgettable experience. That’s what this adventure offers its customers. We went on the kayak tour on the Urubu River and it was indescribable. I recommend it to everyone who wants to take a trip to never forget. In the middle of the Amazon and with all the safety and instructions from the guides. Amazon hiking and food. Sensational. We want to congratulate everyone for the great organization and focus on the customer experience. We didn’t just have a tour, we met friends and had a lot of fun.

Emanuel Limeira

An experience that we will remember forever!

September 13, 2021

There were immersed in the beauties and mysteries of the Amazon, with about 50km of mountain bike through three waterfalls in Presidente Figueiredo plus 200km of kayak through the formidable Urubu River. A program for those who want to disconnect from the world to dive body and soul into nature: sleeping in hammocks, making fire to cook, seeing all kinds of animals (monkeys, sloths, turtles, fish, macaws, toucans, butterflies, dragonflies, pica -sticks and various insects, of course!) and challenge your head and physique with many hours of physical activity and isolation. Simple and delicious meals. Equipment (bike, boat, hammocks…) suitable for the moment. A trip where you need to take a breath to face the journey of up to 8 hours paddling and letting go to live a simple life in the jungle. It is important to have some basic items in your luggage, such as a flashlight, a mini pharmacy, snacks for during exercise… An experience that we will remember forever, especially the encounters with the (very rare) locals.

Manoela P.

All you have to do is enjoy the good vibes

July 14, 2021

Unique connection and experience that these guides provide you!! A trip to do with friends or alone where they are concerned with all safety, comfort, food and hydration. All you have to do is enjoy the good vibes, the breeze from the river and the waterfall, enjoy nature and relax!!

Talitta A.

A realization of the dream!

February 1, 2020

This tour was a realization of the dream of kayaking on some river in the Amazon, spending wonderful hours of contemplation. As a break, I discovered new trails, both by bike and hiking, and distant and difficult to access waterfalls. The organization of the tour was perfect, and the relaxed atmosphere also contributed to making the tour unforgettable.

Natã Consentins Henzel

The guide gave us the best introduction to the Amazon Rainforest!

December 13, 2019

Thanks to our guide for the amazing 3-day experience full of adventure. You gave us the best introduction to the amazon rainforest. Mountain biking to the waterfalls, hiking to an amazing lookout point over the forest, canoeing on the river and the sound of howling monkeys in the middle of the night made this trip perfect for us. The way he prepared everything is very impressive. It was quite tough as well so you do need some physical fitness for this, but I feel we could keep up the pace fine. We will see you soon in Amsterdam!

Luc Broos


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