Cristalino Lodge

Brazil, South America

Cristalino Lodge

Brazil, South America

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‘Set within miles of undisturbed rainforest, nature lovers will not be disappointed. Cristalino Lodge is a paradise for wildlife spotters. A trip up to the Observation Towers provides panoramic views’.

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Surrounded by Amazon rainforest
    • Part of National Geographic’s ecolodges
    • Rare wildlife spotting opportunities
    • Speciality trails & canoeing activities
    • Observation towers with amazing views
    • All organic meals are provided
    • Try the Jaguar cocktail, a real favourite
    • Photography workshops
    • Clean solar energy 24/7
    • Children 5+ are welcome here
    • Check-in: 4:00pm onwards
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  • Local Knowledge

    Situated within miles of untouched rainforest, Cristalino Lodge is private and remote, providing the perfect opportunity to escape everyday life. With the jungle right on their doorstep, guests can expect to see some of the Amazon’s rare wildlife and incredibly unique flora. The lodge offers a variety of activities, including:

    • Forest trails within the reserve (ease to moderate difficulty, suits all ages)
    • Sierra Trails – Uplands trails in the Cristalino region
    • Speciality Trails, including Ariosto Island Trail
    • Canopy viewing from the Observation Towers
    • Canoeing on the Cristalino River
  • Location

    Cristalino Lodge is located within The Cristalino Private Natural Heritage Reserve in Mato Grosso in Brazil, covering 44 square miles of lush and unspoiled rainforest. The lodge is home to a variety of natural habitats, providing seemingly never-ending views of nature.

    • Distance from airport: Alta Floresta Airport, 1h drive plus 30 mins by boat
    • Key attraction: Cristalino Private Natural Heritage Reserve
    • Nearby Restaurant: Three meals a day are provided by the lodge

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  • Energy
    The lodge is partially powered by solar panels, generating 2.3 MW of energy per month and reducing Co2 emissions as they take energy from the sun to generate electricity. Solar water heating technology is also used in all the facilities.
  • Water
    The water supply from the rainforest is provided from artesian wells which are drilled into the ground, they use natural pressure to bring water to the surface. The water supply is protected...
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    to provide clean, nutrient-rich water. Gray and black water (which means waste water) are also treated using permaculture technology. Treatment of grey - from the sink and shower is done using a permaculture system. Treatment of black - from the toilet is done by using layers of filters and an evapotranspiration basin.

  • Waste
    The lodge has a recycling scheme in place that ensures the separation of inorganic waste, guests are encouraged to follow this to keep a clean and protected environment. All the lodges organic...
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    waste is composted and used in the gardens and organic food production.

  • Conservation
    The lodge is situated within an enormous 11,399 hectares of protected forest. Cristalino Lodge works with the Cristalino Ecological Foundation, which is geared towards environmental...
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    education and research and sustainability in the Alta Floresta and Novo Mundo municipality. The lodge has assisted on scientific research for a variety of topics including flora, birds, small and large mammals, jaguars, reptiles, amphibians, the climate, general conservation and more. Through the foundation, the lodge focuses on educating local children with immersion courses about the tropical ecosystem. The goal is to create a positive relationship between the rainforest and the future generation.

  • Food
    Whenever possible, Cristalino Lodge uses organic fruits and vegetables. They have their own organic garden and produce their own fresh eggs. Other ingredients, such as honey, nuts and Amazonian...
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    products are sourced from a network of responsible local farmers to cut down on the miles that food has to travel to the lodge.

  • Engage Guests
    All of the activities in the Amazon are accompanied by experienced guides and are free of charge to all guests. The lodge offers nature tours along the 30km trail system and gives...
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    guests an in-depth understanding of the tropical ecosystem. To avoid any damage to the forest, these tours are conducted in small groups. The lodge is also home to 50m high towers, which allows climbers to look out over panoramic views of the expansive reserve. As well as the trails and views from the forest canopy, canoeing on the Cristalino River is another activity offered to engage guests in partaking in activities that are non-harmful to the environment.

  • Architecture
    Cristalino Lodge was built with natural materials, with a design aimed to blend in with its natural surroundings, to bring the outside in. The bungalows are naturally ventilated...
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    with screens in the windows which allow guests to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle.

  • Housekeeping
    The lodge aims to use only biodegradable cleaning products and limits how often bedding and towels are changed, to avoid wasting water and energy.
  • Kiwano Bonus
    The staff are highly trained in the responsible use of resources and appropriate supervision of visitors on trails to ensure that minimal damage is done to the rainforest. For example, feeding...
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    wildlife is banned to avoid having animals become dependent on humans for food.

Reviews

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    "Exceeded expectations"

    Our stay was truly better than we could have ever imagined. The lodge itself is gorgeous- set in the environment, built of sustainable materials with lots of privacy and beautiful views from the cottages. All water used by the cottages is recycled into the various flower gardens and fruit tree groves. Activities we participated in during our stay at Cristolino included nature walks - in both the lodge's forests and to the two canopy towers- (awesome views!) and river trips on the Cristalino river.§

    djdandeles, TripAdvisor

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    "Best experience ever!"

    This amazing lodge exceeded our expectations (and they were high) in all areas: great accommodations, excellent services, and the best guide in the world, with patience and deep knowledge of the region, the plants, and all sort of animals) to explain every little detail and take us to the most varied tours, thus respecting my limitations of heights. My niece and I had the best time of our lives and will certainly be back as soon as possible!

    Mabel, TripAdvisor

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    "Amazing place!"

    Fantastic landscapes, fauna and flora. The Cristalino team, besides doing excellent work in adventure tourism, maintains sustainability actions with the local communities and intense collaborations with academic research focused on the study and preservation of the environment and that special ecosystem. They are to be congratulated!

    João, Facebook Reviews

  • Kiwano Hotels
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    "A piece of paradise"

    Our stay was comfortable, personalized in food service and flawless attention to the rooms. The central grounds are well-kept; the trails well-maintained. The two towers were challenging to climb for a 70-year-old, but--oh, the rewards! The views above the canopy brought good looks at many species.

    Edge, TripAdvisor

  • Kiwano Hotels
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    "Fabulous place to find wildlife"

    Fabulous place to find wildlife and birds in the southern Brazilian Amazon. Great guides and 2 towers to see above the canopy. Meals are interesting and delicious buffet style.

    AlternativeMe, Google Reviews

  • Kiwano Hotels
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    "Wonderful place!"

    Wonderful place! Easy access to the Amazon, cool facilities, great food, attentive guides and many, many birds.

    Cristina, Facebook Reviews

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