Observation Towers

Wildlife that inhabit the canopy

The Amazon is an extremely complex biome that you can only get to know slowly and gradually.

Every river has its own history, fauna and flora. Once you are in the Amazon, this complexity becomes evident. To begin with, a huge number of tree species intermingle in an intricate system of competition for sunlight. So, observing the wildlife that inhabits the canopy or higher stratum of the forest is a demanding task for people down on the forest floor. The trees vary in height from 25 to 45 meters (80 – 145 ft), with some emergent species growing even taller.

Observing birds and monkeys at the upper layer of the forest

That is why the Cristalino Lodge has built two 50-meter (165 ft) galvanized steel observation towers, located at different strategic points within the reserve. Both towers are accessible by trails within a terra firma forest ecosystem that contains well-developed trees and many emergent species.

The towers make it possible to observe all the forest layers, from ground level to the canopy. The view from the top is breathtaking, particularly during the sunrise and sunset. From the towers, you can see birds such as macaws, parakeets, parrots, tanagers and cotingas, among many others, as well as monkeys, such as the white-whiskered spider monkey (Ateles marginatus) and the white-nosed saki monkey (Chiropotes albinasus).

The first tower was set up in 2000, with the help of Dr. Chip Haven, of Stanford University, in the U.S.A. The second is named after Ted Parker, a renowned ornithologist who visited the Cristalino Lodge in the 1990s.

"Cristalino Lodge is the best place to observe canopy wildlife in the Amazon"
Richard Hoyer