Tours are led by experienced and trained guides who have a fantastic knowledge about the rainforest and its wildlife. Guides are equipped with long distance radios (Motorola) with direct contact to the lodge while they are taking tourists outdoors.
We offer two options of guiding services:
Local guide with Interpreter:
The lodge is committed to employ and support people from the neighboring communities. The local guides have years of familiarity with the natural world and are trained to guide birdwatchers, ecotourists and butterfly watching, photographers and family trips. As they only speak Portuguese, an English-speaking interpreter will join the group. A local naturalist guide with German descent can attend those who speak German only.
English speaking guide
The lodge also offers English-speaking guides, either resident Brazilian biology guide or foreigners with long experience in Cristalino Lodge, who are specialists in birdwatching, butterfly and natural history tours. Information about the time of stay of the foreign guides can be obtained with our reservation staff.
The lodge is a destination for nature lovers of all types, offering activities for people who want to see wildlife in its natural habitat. There are five types of programs offered by the lodge:
Cristalino Lodge is a premier destination for bird lovers with a multitude of opportunities for observing, photographing, and learning about the amazing Southern Amazon Birds.
These programs are designed for nature lovers seeking a memorable experience in the Amazon. Participants will learn about the wildlife in general, mammals, trees, butterflies, reptiles and flowers — and its importance to the equilibrium of nature.
These programs are focused on observing the vast number of butterflies and skippers that inhabit this region.
Cristalino Lodge is an ideal place for photographers who wish to capture the hidden secrets of the Amazon forest.
An ideal program for families who wish to share a great experience with an educational element with their children (the lodge recommends children above 9 years old).
Cristalino Lodge Activities
The extensive trail system allows for wildlife observation according to the group’s needs and desires. The hikes take place on a variety of different habitats and trails.
The pristine Cristalino River is fabulous for canoe excursions
The floating dock or the river rapids are safe, refreshing, and outstanding for bathing.
Watching butterflies during sunny hours is a highlight
Accompanied by guides for observation of wildlife on the riverbanks.
A spot where mammals such as tapirs and peccaries feed on natural salty earth.
Hiking to and climbing the canopy tower at down or sunset for observing the forest landscape and canopy wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, macaws, and other birds from above the canopy is a must at Cristalino Lodge.
The group size for most of our activities is limited to 8 people in order to increase the chances of encountering wildlife. Larger groups are usually divided into smaller groups. Every morning and every afternoon, guests may join their group and embark on one of these activities. Our diverse and flexible itineraries allow for a remarkably personalized experience.
The Cristalino Jungle Lodge provides a fantastic base to see wildlife as you can tour different habitats of the forest, lakes and micro habitats. Over 600 species of birds have been seen in the reserve as well as large predators, such as Jaguar, Harpy Eagle and Giant Otters.
The lodge is gifted to be located near both a black water and white water river, which creates a diversity of different soil types and raises the diversity of animals and plants found in the area. The reserve contains a diversity of orchids, bromeliads and different trees, which are inhabited by several different monkeys.
We provide a series of package options designed for you to make the most of your stay in the Amazon Rainforest as we understand for many people this will be your only visit to the world’s largest container of wildlife. We adjust each package to guest interest and activities include:
Pink Dolphin Feeding Spot and Craft Shops in Novo Airão (2,5 hs aprox.): We take the guests to a floating deck where wild river dolphins come everyday. Then, the tourist will go to 2 craft shops, where local workers offer original natural products. Offered in all packages
Jungle Hike (2,5 h aprox.): Trekking through the upland forest, toured by local guides who will reveal some of the mysteries of the Amazon Jungle. Knowledge about trees, herbs and fruits, jungle survival orientation and natural medicine notions are transferred to the tourist. Offered in all packages
Tour through Anavilhanas Archipelago (2,5 h aprox.): The many channels (paranás), lakes, and islands of the world’s greatest freshwater archipelago are explored in regional boats. Offered in all packages
Piranha’s Fishing (2 hs aprox.): A fun fishing experience, where the tourist will have the opportunity of fishing and taking piranhas and other small fishes, while enjoys the beauty of rivers and streams. Offered in all packages
Night Spotting (1,5 hs aprox.): The unique sensation of living the Amazon Forest during the night in motorized canoes is experienced in search of night birds, sloths, snakes, caimans and sounds. Offered in all packages
Sunrise contemplation (1,5 hs aprox.): Leaving early morning in canoes, the tourist will watch the colorful sky changing with the sun rays, see the birds moving and hear the noise of the waken forest. Offered in all packages
Paddling through the surrounding waters (2 hs aprox.): In small wooden canoes, the tourist can explore the Igapós and Igarapés next to the lodge, enjoying the sounds, smells and surprising views of the flooded woods. Offered in the 4D/3N package or longer
Local community visit (2 hs aprox.): We will visit an isolated community in the middle of Rio Negro where the tourist can understand their way of life and their social organization. Offered in the 4D/3N package or longer
Bow and Arrow practice (1,5 hs aprox.): A fun and safe practice on appropriate targets using original Waimiri-Atroari Indian weapons. Offered in the 5D/4N package or longer
Madadá’s Full Day Tour (7hs aprox.): The day starts at 8:30 when the guests get into a fast motorized canoe and cross 50 km of the Archipelago. An incredible jungle hike takes place among some impressive rocks; picnic is served for lunch at belvedere and the islands are explored on the way back to the Lodge. Offered only in the 6D/5N package