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In a Private Rainforest Reserve twice the size of Manhattan Island, Cristalino Jungle Eco-Lodge sits next to the Cristalino River, right at the heart of the richest ecosystem in the Amazon. The diverse topography attracts all sorts of species of mammals, reptiles, butterflies and plants, some of which are endemic to the area.
The Lodge proposes five types of accommodation; standard rooms are two or three bed with en suite and decorated in traditional colours and patterns. Bungalows and Superior rooms each have a veranda with hammocks, en suite and outdoor showers. The Junior Bungalow boasts a reading desk looking out to the forest, while the Special Bungalow offers an outdoor bathtub - perfect for a leisurely post trek soak. The Bungalows can host up to four adults while the Superior room is perfect for couples. All rooms have solar water heating and are naturally ventilated.
Meals at Cristalino Lodge are self-service buffet style and wonderful local dishes are prepared seasonally to give guests a real taste of Brazilian cuisine. Dinners are best enjoyed on their thatched patio for a candle lit -al fresco ambience. Speaking of ambience we are rather fond of the lodge's bar which is a wonderful retreat with an open fire at night and spacious outdoor decking area with stunning views, oh and make sure you sample a Brazilian Caipirinha cocktail.
The Lodge's philosophy is to conserve, educate and act responsibility. The passionate and knowledgeable guides are often local, and take guests on tours around the Reserve, introducing them to their native environment and educating them on the regions magnificent wildlife. Other activities include walking the rainforest trails, hiking, swimming in the river, canoeing and photography. A 50 metre observation tower has been built to reveal views above the canopy, and is a wonderful place to watch the forest come alive at dawn.
The surrounding private reserve is home to an amazing 580 species of bird and is also particularly rich in butterfly species. Beyond the flutters are excellent opportunities to spot the local mammals, including tapir, capybara, anteaters, river otters, deer and agoutis. Seven primate species (Night Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey, Brown Capuchin, Red-handed Howler Monkey, White-Whiskered Spider Monkey and the endemic Red-Nosed Bearded Saki Monkey) also call the reserve home. Small groups of guests are split between specialist birding and naturalist guides for daily activities.
As for relaxing the lodge has a floating deck on the River Cristalino where you can lounge in rocking chairs, loungers or hammocks and enjoy the jungle views.
Everything is geared towards sustainability through tourism.
Will, Original Traveller