Seize the opportunity for a magnificent experience recording the beauty of the Amazon. If you take photographing nature or birdlife seriously, this is one of the best places on the planet to take pictures of nature.


Individual or group photographic activities are always conducted using a private guide who will look for things of interest, such as: birds, monkeys, butterflies, insects, reptiles, plants, fungi, flowers and landscapes. The activities usually begin very early in the morning, before sunrise. Your guide will be at hand to maximize the chances of getting the best pictures over the course of your stay at the Cristalino Lodge.

Taking pictures from the top of one of the towers offers rare opportunities to record birds and monkeys.


Observing animals in the Amazon is more challenging than in the far more open Cerrado savanna and Pantanal wetlands, as it is much easier for species to hide in the forest and move around frequently. Others are shy and hard to spot. However, the chance to photograph species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world is a very rewarding experience.

One must bear in mind that the forest understory offers little light, even during the sunniest parts of the day, and using a flash is recommended. Moreover, it is hard to get close to most species, so it is recommended to have lenses of at least 300 mm, with a large light aperture. From the Observation Towers, lenses ranging from 300 to 600 mm may be an excellent option. There are also great opportunities for landscape photography using wide-angle lenses. Your guide will help you to get the best shots.

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) photographed within the Cristalino RPPNs.


The duration of your stay is up to you, but for a deep immersion in the forest, with time to get the best photos, we recommend a stay of 5 to 7 nights.


We recommend a Junior Bungalow or a Superior Room, as they both provide a desk, with a view of the forest, where one can work on one’s photos and notes. All accommodations have Wi-Fi.


  • Camera
  • Telephoto lens (from 300mm upwards, yield excellent results, but longer telephoto lenses can help a lot – as in taking photos from the top of the Observation Towers)
  • Wide-angle lens (there will be great opportunities to photograph some beautiful Amazon scenery)
  • Lens for macro photography: for afficionados, the Cristalino offers great opportunities for this type of photography (insects, butterflies, fungi, etc.)
  • Flash
  • Tripod and/or monopod
  • Protection against damp (rain is a fact of life in the Amazon. It's a good idea to protect your equipment. For those who don't have a waterproof bag, garbage bags can help to protect the equipment)
  • Batteries and extra memory cards
  • Laptop (not essential, but great for back-up and viewing photos)

A Red Brocket (Mazama americana) in the River Cristalino.


  • People with mobility difficulties or serious health issues. Always consult your doctor before signing up for a trip.
  • People whose focus is not exclusively on photography. As an alternative, we recommend nature tours, during which you can take photographs throughout your stay.


The use of drones at Cristalino Lodge is restricted and requires prior authorization.

Black-spotted Bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata)

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White-whiskered Spider Monkey (Ateles marginatus), symbol of the Cristalino, photographed in the Terra Firma Forest.
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