Katerre Expeditions

Katerre Expeditions

in Novo Airao, Brazil

Embark on a journey of discovery and sustainable exploration with Katerre Expeditions in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Operating small-group cruises on the tranquil waters of the Rio Negro and its tributaries, Katerre provides a gateway to an unspoiled world brimming with biodiversity and vibrant local cultures. The expeditions, ranging from 4 to 10 days, are conducted aboard the charming vessels, Jacaré Tinga and Jacaré Açu, each designed to echo the simplistic beauty of traditional riverside dwellings. With a limit of 16 passengers per expedition, Katerre ensures a personalized, flexible, and immersive experience, fostering deep connections between travelers, the natural surroundings, and the indigenous communities.

Katerre’s ethos of low-impact tourism and genuine engagement resonates through every aspect of the adventure, be it the warm interaction with local folks proud to share their way of life or the meticulous efforts to conserve the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Amazon. By extending their sustainable approach with an eco-friendly lodge, Katerre not only enhances your Amazonian adventure but also contributes positively to local employment and the preservation of this remarkable ecosystem. Each expedition with Katerre is more than just a cruise; it's a step towards meaningful travel that leaves a lasting positive impact on the incredible places you visit.

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Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path


$1469-3891 /person


Rainforest, River, Small Towns/Villages and Rural Communities

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A Unique Story

The seeds of Katerre Expeditions were sown by a visionary, Ruy Tone, an engineer hailing from São Paulo. His wanderlust led him to the diverse landscapes of Asia in the late 1990s, where the richness of authentic experiences stirred a profound realization within him about the transformative power of travel. Inspired, he returned to São Paulo and founded Mundus, an experiential travel agency, aiming to recreate the essence of meaningful journeys.

However, the call of his homeland's natural grandeur was irresistible. A few years later, Ruy, along with a like-minded partner, channeled his passion towards the lush wilderness of the Brazilian Amazon. They enlisted and funded two adept local guides and sailors, forging a team that would later become the cornerstone of Katerre Expeditions. With a shared vision of offering low-impact and highly immersive cruises on the Rio Negro, they embarked on a quest to provide travelers with authentic and enriching encounters in the Amazon.

The establishment of Katerre marked the beginning of a series of adventures that not only highlighted the pristine beauty of the Rio Negro but also fostered a symbiotic relationship with the local communities. The addition of an eco-friendly lodge to their offerings not only augmented the immersive experience but also created more local job opportunities, aligning with their ethos of positive impact and sustainable tourism. Through Katerre, Ruy and his team continue to craft journeys that transcend the ordinary, inviting travelers to partake in a voyage that celebrates the Amazon's untamed beauty and cultural richness, all while treading lightly on the Earth.

Deep Community Connections

As part of their commitment to giving back to the local communities, they currently support the following projects:

Fundação Almerinda Malaquías - a foundation that trains local women and youth on woodworking, marquetry and handicraft, as well as on environmental education and sustainable use of local resources. The foundation currently supports 123 kids and 30 artisans.

Vivamazonia - a constructivist school up the Rio Negro that caters to students ages 6-15. Funds help with infrastructure (kitchen and bathroom), renovations, as well as food and transportation for the kids whenever needed.

Active Environmental Stewardship

In order to decrease the impact they have on the environment, all the adventures you join with Katerre Expeditions will be in small groups in boats with low fossil fuel emission, low noise levels, and organic trash disposal. Among other, they also support this project:

Quelônios - a turtle conservation project on the Jauaperi river. Through the Jauaperi River Artisans Association they fund the protection of six beaches in four different communities. As a result, they hope to release 3000 turtles at the end of the current cycle.




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