Some reasons why the Cristalino Lodge is an outstanding place for you to visit and that make it a captivating location right in the heart of Brazil.
It all begins with the goal of forest conservation that underpins the Cristalino concept and led to the partnership with the Cristalino Foundation, bringing diverse benefits for the region, in a positive cycle that embraces the well-being of our visitors on their Amazon journey.
Our path began with an initiative to preserve the forest. In other words, the main aim of the hotel is to promote conservation. Providing well-planned, comfortable and safe experiences is the means whereby our goals are achieved.
One of the largest forest reserves in the Amazon, the Cristalino Reserve covers more than 11,000 hectares, an area almost twice the size of Manhattan Island (NY), which are protected by the hotel. That is why the forest is in such pristine condition and so rich in biodiversity.
The southern Amazon is in a region of transition to the neighboring biomes of the Pantanal and the Cerrado. That is why the Cristalino area has such a rich diversity of species. One can observe a variety of mammals, including 9 species of monkeys, giant river otters, peccaries and tapirs, as well as nearly 600 species of birds. Because we are in a protected private reserve, the animals do not flee when they see humans. For all these reasons, Cristalino Lodge is considered the best place in the entire Amazon to observe the fauna.
For more than 30 years we have been welcoming bird lovers from all around the world. We are the only leading hotel that provides observation towers overlooking the immense forest canopy and the creatures that inhabit it. Watching the sunrise, with the forest awakening beneath your feet, is an unforgettable experience.
One of Brazil’s few fully protected rivers, the Cristalino feeds our reserve with its crystal-pure waters. From our riverside deck one can take a boat trip, go canoeing or simply enjoy the peaceful yet constantly changing view.
Cristalino Lodge has created pleasing environments to enhance your well-being. We provide high standard services and gastronomy, with a list of quality South American wines, candlelit dinners, a bar with open-air fire and various snug corners for you to enjoy the atmosphere. The charming bungalows provide all the comfort for an unforgettable stay.
The Cristalino menu was created to complete your Amazon experience. Our dishes make use of delicious ingredients from the forest and showcase the authentic local cuisine. We are always studying the ingredients of the region, in order to come up with original recipes and pleasant surprises for our guests.
Cristalino Lodge adopts sustainable architecture that values and respects nature. Special systems are used for the treatment of effluent and wastewater, solar water heating, solar energy, and the separation and recycling of waste, all geared to minimizing the impact of our activities, including the limited number of guests per guide. Cristalino Lodge has been presented with a number of sustainability awards, including Condé Nast Traveller World Savers Awards.
Whether they come from the Alta Floresta region or from other parts of Brazil, our guides are highly qualified, with deep knowledge of the Amazon forest and the region's biomes. They include the leading connoisseurs of birds in Brazil and they are passionate about the rainforest.
Through the Cristalino Foundation, for more than a decade, Cristalino Lodge has been a partner in the performing of cutting-edge scientific research, alongside some of the world’s leading universities and institutes. Under this initiative, the first survey of plants and trees in the southern Amazon was carried out, cataloging more than 1,000 species. There is always some research in progress at Cristalino Lodge, which is often shared with the guests.