Voted as one of the best eco lodges by National Geographic Traveller, Cristalino Lodge certainly sets the standard in terms of jungle based luxury in the untamed Amazon Basin.
Cristalino Lodge Highlights
Cristalino Lodge is an ultra luxurious sanctuary burrowed in the heart of the Amazon jungle on the fringes of the River Cristalino. This eco-lodge was included in National Geographic’s “World’s Best Eco-Lodges”feature, and is more than just a lodge - it’s an experience.
The elegant Cristalino Lodge is located within its own private forest reserve in the southern reaches of the Amazon Basin. The lush Alta Floresta rainforest region provides the perfect habitat for an array of outdoor activities to take place, which are included in your stay. There are trails, canoeing tips, boat trips and photographic tours at your fingertips.
Each of the 18 bungalows have been designed in harmony with the jungle. This eco lodge certainly isn’t about cutting edge modern architecture, but rather focusses on providing a comfortable and exotic environment.
The luxury wooden bungalows are furnished with hammocks and the superior rooms boast outdoor baths and showers. All rooms provide an absolute sense of serenity.
The main area houses a bar with a crackling log fire burning in the centre of its riverside deck, an A la carte restaurant, and various lookout points.
The highlight of Crisalino? That would have to be the massive floating deck area jutting out over the River Cristalino that comes fully kitted out in deck chairs, loungers and hammocks.
- Cristalino Lodge is completely secluded and can only be accessed by boat. It’s a scenic 2 hour boat journey from Alta Floresta.
- Rates include transfers, gourmet meals, expert multilingual guides, excursions and insurance.
- There are two 50m high observation towers overlooking the canopy of trees in the rainforest.
- The surrounds have a network of over 30 km of trails meandering through 9 different ecosystems.
- You have a choice of accommodation types, ranging from comfortable to luxury.
- Cristalino Lodge practices sustainable tourism and it also supports the Cristalino Foundation, an organisation devoted to environmental education.
- A sundowner boat cruise to the meeting of the waters is an absolute must while staying at Cristalino.
- This is the perfect luxury destination for photographers.
Cristalino Lodge Activities
Cristalino offers set excursions which are : canoeing, guided hikes, observation tower visits and boat trips. The half day excursions set out in the morning and afternoon, which means it’s quite possible to combine more than one tour in an excursion. Avid birders will be pleased to know that there are over 580 species of bird within the grounds of property.
The 50m high towers offer sweeping views of the jungle, and provide a remarkable spot to observe the flora and fauna of the area. It’s quite possible to spot the famous pink river dolphins from these towers.
The lodge provides all of the gear an safety equipment for the canoe excursions on the River Cristalino. Look out for capybara on the banks, kingfishers and white-whiskered spider monkeys.
Guided hiking trails snake their way through wetlands, terra firma forests, and deciduous forests. There’s plenty of flora and fauna to observe while you learn about the biodiversity of the area. Mammals to spot include : the tapir, red-handed howler monkey, and the giant otter. Visitors often combine the canoe trip with a guided jungle walk.
Sundowner boat trips ensure a relaxing sightseeing experience along the River Cristalino and grant access to many foot trails that are only accessible via boat. The relaxing boat cruise gently glides towards the meeting of the waters, a place where two rivers meet but never merge.