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Cristalino floating deck

Cristalino Lodge

A luxury lodge situated in pristine Amazon rainforest
Amazon HolidaysBrazil Holidays· 18 Rooms · ££££

Situated on the Cristalino river in a private conservancy

The award-winning Cristalino Jungle Lodge stands as one of Brazil's most exclusive jungle retreats

Location: Alta Floresta, just a one-hour and 15-minute flight from Cuiaba, serves as the gateway for those planning to explore the Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Upon landing at Alta Floresta's airport, guests are transported north to the Teles Pires riverbank. From there, a delightful 30-minute boat journey awaits, navigating east and then north along the Cristalino tributary to reach the lodge.

Lodge: Cristalino Lodge showcases architectural excellence and top-tier luxury seamlessly integrated into lush surroundings. Hidden from view on the forested banks, a floating deck with loungers reveals its presence, serving as a serene spot for starlit gatherings around a log fire.

Connected by a walkway, the main complex houses the reception and lounge area, known as the reading room, offering a wealth of field guides and photobooks. Here, guides share ecological insights, recent sightings, and details of the upcoming program. The restaurant, with a splendid forest view, presents an impeccable Brazilian buffet featuring local organic produce.

Guests can unwind at the cosy bar, designed around a natural rock formation, where stools, tables, and loungers surround an open fire. This elegant fusion with nature defines Cristalino's commitment to providing a luxurious and immersive jungle experience.

Activties & Sustainability: While Cristalino Jungle Lodge is renowned for its high-profile luxury, the true highlight for many visitors lies in the region's exceptional biodiversity. The lodge's foundation is integral to biodiversity conservation research and sustainable development, given the rich wildlife surrounding Cristalino. Resident species include the jaguar, bush dog, puma, giant anteater, sloth, and over seven primate species, including the endemic white-whiskered spider monkey. With about 600 Brazilian bird species, iconic parrots, macaws, toucans, and the Harpy Eagle, the lodge collaborates with researchers to compile comprehensive species lists.

Two 50-metre galvanized steel observation towers offer a unique opportunity for canopy-level animal sightings, complemented by a 30 km network of walking trails. Collaborative efforts with researchers ensure diverse vegetation types, increasing the chances of spotting specific species. While walking and step climbing are part of exploring Cristalino, the lodge also offers boat and canoeing excursions, especially captivating from December to June during forest flooding. Overall, the lodge provides an immersive experience for a variety of nature enthusiasts.

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January

January is a fantastic month to visit Brazil as it marks the peak of the summer season. The weather is hot and sunny, perfect for enjoying the stunning beaches and vibrant coastal cities like Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. It is also a great time to experience the famous Carnival, with its colourful parades, lively music, and exuberant street parties.

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February

February is still a popular month to visit Brazil due to the continuation of the summer season. The weather remains warm, and you can indulge in various outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and exploring the Amazon rainforest. Additionally, February offers the opportunity to witness smaller-scale Carnival celebrations in different regions of the country, showcasing unique local traditions and customs.

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March

March signals the end of summer in Brazil, but the pleasant weather lingers, making it an ideal time to explore the country. The temperatures start to cool down slightly, making it more comfortable for outdoor adventures. March also brings festivals like Lollapalooza Brazil, attracting music enthusiasts from around the world. It's a great month to visit popular destinations like São Paulo, Brasília, and the stunning Iguazu Falls.

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April

April in Brazil offers a delightful transition between summer and autumn. The weather remains pleasant, with mild temperatures and lower humidity, making it an excellent time for outdoor exploration. It's an ideal month to visit the Pantanal wetlands, where you can observe diverse wildlife, including jaguars and caimans. April also marks the beginning of the surfing season in northeastern Brazil, with destinations like Florianopolis and Itacaré attracting surfers from around the globe.

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May

In May, Brazil experiences autumn, bringing cooler weather and a decrease in tourist numbers. This creates an ideal opportunity to discover vibrant cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro without overwhelming crowds. It is also a fantastic month for ecotourism, with options such as exploring the breathtaking Chapada Diamantina National Park or embarking on a river cruise along the Amazon. These adventures allow visitors to immerse themselves in the lush landscapes and experience the country's incredible biodiversity. May in Brazil offers a perfect blend of milder temperatures, serene environments, and remarkable natural wonders.

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June

June in Brazil is a month filled with festivities and cultural celebrations. The most prominent event is the Festa Junina, a traditional festival that honours Saint John. During this time, you can immerse yourself in lively street parties, traditional dances, and delicious local delicacies. June is also an excellent month for nature enthusiasts to visit the Pantanal, as the dry season begins, making wildlife sightings more abundant.

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July

In July, Brazil reaches the peak of winter, providing a pleasant climate across the country. This makes it an ideal month for exploring the historic towns of Minas Gerais, known for their charming colonial architecture and vibrant cultural heritage. Additionally, July is a fantastic time to visit the stunning beaches of Northeast Brazil, including popular destinations like Jericoacoara and Fernando de Noronha. Here, you can bask in warm waters, soak up the sun, and be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes that these coastal paradises have to offer.

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August

August is an ideal month to explore popular tourist spots in Brazil, as the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller. Cities like Salvador and Recife are known for their lively music scenes and vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, offering numerous chances to indulge in local rhythms. Additionally, this month provides a fantastic opportunity to discover the breathtaking wonders of the Amazon rainforest. The comfortable weather during August allows for enjoyable trekking and wildlife observation, creating an unforgettable experience in the heart of nature.

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September

September welcomes the arrival of spring, transforming the country with blooming flowers and rejuvenated landscapes. As the weather becomes warmer, it's the perfect time to visit the stunning beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis, where you can soak up the sun, surf the waves, and embrace the vibrant coastal culture

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October

October in Brazil brings pleasant temperatures and a decrease in tourist crowds, making it an ideal month for outdoor activities. One must-visit destination during this time is the iconic Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The water levels are typically high, allowing visitors to witness the falls in their full splendour, with the thundering cascades creating a breathtaking spectacle.

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November

As November arrives in Brazil, it brings the beginning of summer, with rising temperatures and ample sunshine. This makes it an excellent time to visit the renowned beaches of Brazil. Whether you're looking to indulge in exciting water sports, sunbathe on golden sands, or simply unwind amidst the coastal beauty, these beach destinations offer an idyllic retreat.

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December

Moreover, December presents excellent opportunities for diving and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago renowned for its stunning marine life and pristine beaches. Alternatively, nature lovers can explore the landscapes of the Pantanal, a vast wetland ecosystem teeming with diverse wildlife, before the onset of the rainy season.

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