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Cristalino Jungle Lodge is an award-winning lodge with excellent environmental crudentials, located in a private reserve beside Cristalino State Park. It has been voted one of the best hotels in Brazil by National Geographic Traveller.

There are three levels of accommodation and facilities include a friendly restaurant and bar, a living room (with a small library) that is used for presentations and meetings, and a floating deck on the river for swimming and relaxing. All activities - principally trail walks and boat trips - are conducted by experienced guides. 

With many species found only in this region, this lodge is a good option for birdwatchers due to its 50-metre high observation tower, however monkey sightings - including the endemic white whiskered spider monkey - are good from the lodge too.

Cristalino Jungle Lodge has been designed in accordance with sustainable principles, and practices include solar heating and roofs designed with air-vents to encourage air flow and keep temperatures lower.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Jaguars of the Pantanal

Staying in comfortable lodges, this trip offers some of the finest opportunities to see rare wildlife in the Pantanal. In the company of skilled naturalist guides, search for the elusive jaguar on the Cuiabà River, before continuing to Cristalino Private Reserve, which possesses a high number of species and endemics.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Cristalino Private Reserve, Alta Floresta

This private rainforest reserve on the Cristalino River occupies a region very important in terms of Amazon biodiversity. The high number of species and endemics makes it a great place to see birds, mammals, butterflies and orchids. It is easily reached from the northern Pantanal, avoiding a long flight to Manaus.

  • Where: Mata Grosso
  • Ideal for viewing: agouti, capybara, giant otter, harpy eagle, jaguar
  • Excellent for: River safaris

The Amazon

The basin of the world’s largest river contains its oldest tropical forest and most diverse ecosystem, with at least 40,000 plant species, and a variety of wildlife. The lodges offer outings on foot and by canoe to explore the rainforest. Alternatively a riverboat voyage can take you deeper into the rainforest.

  • Where: Amazonas
  • Ideal for viewing: capybara, giant otter, red and blue macaw, tapir, yellow anaconda
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, River safaris, Jaguar watching, Birdwatching