Madadá Caves


Expedition to the magical indian caves hidden deep in the rainforest

From 1095 EUR per person

In addition to the traditional Amazonian cruises, we now offer new itineraries in an expedition format 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 made different trips to places not frequented by other tourist boats, these new routes have come from the idea of presenting something new to our clients who love coming to the Amazon.
Encontro das Águas

Day 1: Manaus - Janauari Lake - Meeting of Waters

Monday, boarding at 10am at Marina do Davi (next to the Tropical Hotel). All aboard, we will make a brief meeting to explain the safety procedures, navigation and the itinerary of the next days. After occupying 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 coastal area of Manaus, the beach of Ponta Negra, the dome of the Amazonas Theater, the favelas, the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market, the colossal engineering work of the Floating Port, and more. We continue sailing through the Rio Negro and continue to the ecological reserve of Lake Janauari, where there are floating houses. Lunch will be at a floating restaurant, where you can enjoy the Amazonian cuisine (lunch included) and local handicrafts. After lunch, we will walk along a suspended walkway, from where it is possible to play with the wild monkeys and observe various other species of animals and plants, including Victoria amazonica, the famous Victoria Regia.

The climax of the day is still to come. It is when we follow the spectacular natural phenomenon, unique in the world, the Meeting of the Waters. Miles of waters of two rivers, Negro and Solimões, running side by side without mingling. A real natural spectacle! But the day is not over yet, and we will still visit a floating house where there is a creation of the giant Pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), an icon fish of the Amazon. Back on board, we will go up the Rio Negro towards the West, watching the setting sun. At dusk we will arrive at the Reserve Palmeiral, gateway to the National Park of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. There, 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 itineraries are subject to change depending on how is the manifestation of Nature at any given time. 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 trip there is no cell phone signal nor Internet, which frees us from distractions and allows us to live more in the present moment, seeking a real rapprochement with Mother Nature.

Additional Information

In addition to clothes, equipment, medicines and toiletries 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);

Preventive 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 of the boat. 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 the responsibility 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 - € 50 / person
* Kayak with electric motor - € 35 / person
* Night walking in the jungle - € 20 / person
* Swimming with dolphins - € 17 / person
* Panoramic flight - consult price
* Climbing in tree - consult 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

Let's Talk!

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