Luxury Hotel of the Month: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

The view from Cristalino Lodge's beautiful floating sun deck on the Cristalino River.

Undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to Brazil, especially for those enraptured by the country’s exuberant nature, the Amazon rainforest is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Whether cruising the river, or spending a few nights at a secluded jungle lodge, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the jungle in style. One of our favourite lodges is the charming Cristalino, situated in the lesser-visited southern Amazon.

The mighty expanse of the Amazon rainforest is synonymous with Brazil for many seeking to visit this extraordinarily diverse country. For most tourists, visiting the Amazon implies a short stay in the booming tropical city of Manaus and travelling onwards to a lodge based in the jungle a few hours from the city. However, for those seeking something a little different, Cristalino and its exceptionally pretty private jungle reserve offers a more exclusive alternative. Widely described as the best wildlife lodge in all of Brazil, this lodge has been previously featured in National Geographic’s best eco-lodges in the world. Here is a little taste of what we love about Cristalino:

The view from Cristalino Lodge's beautiful floating sun deck on the Cristalino River.

The view from Cristalino Lodge’s beautiful floating sun deck overlooking the Cristalino River.

How to Get There

To arrive at Cristalino, you must first fly to Alta Floresta, a small local airport situated in the southern Amazon. This airport is serviced by daily Azul flights from Cuiaba, which doubles as the gateway to the northern Pantanal, making it easy to combine these two unmissable wildlife-watching regions. Cuiaba itself is accessible from both Sao Paulo and Brasilia with multiple flight options available every day. Upon arrival in Alta Floresta, incoming guests are met by a lodge representative and transferred into the jungle on a scenic journey that lasts around two hours.

 

Rooms

Cristalino’s accommodation effortlessly combines the natural charm of the Amazon with refined and elegant touches. Designed to integrate harmoniously into the pristine jungle environment, rooms are light and airy with large windows inviting the outside in. Most rooms offer a private veranda with hammocks, secluded private garden areas and even outdoor showers for those who wish to freshen up amongst the peaceful sounds of the forest. For something extra special, we recommend opting for one of the lodge’s a private bungalows, the most spacious and stylish room categories.

The rooms at Cristalino are light and airy, encouraging the breezes of the jungle into the room to dispel the Amazonian humidity.

Cristalino’s light and airy accommodations allow the gentle forest breezes into the room to dispel the Amazon’s sometimes oppressive humidity.

Food & Drink

The hotel’s charming restaurant celebrates the unique flavours of the Amazon and incorporates the finest fresh and organic seasonal products into its refined cuisine. The menu offers a comforting range of international and Brazilian favourites which you can enjoy with stunning views of the forest. All meals are included in your stay at Cristalino.

The restaurant at Cristalino Lodge

Cristalino’s open-air restaurant and bar area is the perfect spot for relaxing in the evenings and enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the forest.

Outstanding Feature

Situated on a private reserve of over 29,000 acres of protected jungle, Cristalino’s superb location is its standout feature. The Rio Cristalino, an important Amazon tributary, flows directly by the lodge and is known for its spectacular diversity of wildlife. The birdlife is particularly exuberant in this part of the Amazon and the region is also well known for the observation of giant river otters and other rare Amazonian mammals.

An amazonian macaw at Cristalino Lodge, Alta Floresta

The exuberant birdlife of the southern Amazon makes Cristalino Lodge particularly attractive for keen birders.

Best For

Those who want a more unusual and off-the-beaten track experience of the Amazon rainforest. The reserve is excellent for keen birders and for those who wish to feel utterly immersed in the ecosystem. The lodge also works well for travellers who are seeking to combine the Amazon with a stay jaguar-spotting in the Pantanal due to its proximity to Cuiaba.

A tamandua in the Amazon canopy.

The canopy observation tower at Cristalino allows guests to get as close as possible to observing the Amazon’s elusive tree-dwelling mammals and exotic birds.

Must Do Activity

The lodge boasts an exceptional 50-metre-high canopy observation tower and climbing to the top to watch the tropical birds dance through the branches of the rainforest trees is a must at some point during your stay.

 

Are you planning a luxury trip to Brazil? Simply contact us for more information and let us create a tailor-made holiday for you. Read more about Cristalino Lodge here and if you’re looking for more inspiration, why not visit our Amazon page to learn more about the region.


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