The Amazon is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestial ecosystem on the planet - perhaps 30% of the world's species are found there. Its biodiversity is astounding: a single bush in the Amazon may have more species of ants than the entire British Isles, while a lone hectare of forest may have more than 480 species of trees.
The Cristalino Jungle Lodge offers one of the most unique and exciting opportunities for wildlife viewing in the entire world, containing a great variety of medium to low altitude eco zones, different types of forest cover, lakes, micro habitats, around 600 species of birds and diverse neo-tropical wildlife. From the carnivorous predators at the top of the food chain such as the Jaguar, Harpy Eagle and Giant Otter to the herbivores at the bottom of the pyramid like the Capybara and Agouti, all of the organisms which took thousands of years to evolve and which make Amazonia unlike any other biome in the world are still alive and doing well within the reserve.
Actually , it is everything in between the aforementioned extremes which creates the joy of a stay at the Cristalino. Its location near the junction of two rivers - one a “White-water” and the other a “Black-water” river - gives the reserve a combination of two different soil types which in turn translates into a wonderful diversity of topography, trees, orchids and bromeliads, terrestrial mammals, monkeys, bats, birds, reptiles and fish, butterflies and other insects. Encounters with a Jaguar are dependent upon persistence and luck but do happen a couple times per year. Fortunately, for the visitor with just a few days to devote, most of the other wonderful creatures of the Cristalino are able to be seen more predictably with the help of our guides.
Whether it be from a quiet boatride on the Cristalino River, a nature walk on one of the many trails in the reserve, or from atop the 50 meter observation tower, the Cristalino Reserve will never fail to amuse and amaze the observant visitor.