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“Comfortable lodge, in remote part of jungle.” 4 of 5 stars
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Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Av. Perimetral Oeste, 2001, Alta Floresta, State of Mato Grosso 78580-000, Brazil   |  
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“Comfortable lodge, in remote part of jungle.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We are nature lovers and chose this lodge as it was off the beaten track and away from civilisation. It is a 90 minute bus ride, followed by 30 minutes on a boat from Alta Floresta.

The lodge was basic, our standard rooms had the basic necessities, but some luxury rooms were available- these looked very nice.

Dinner was served in a restaurant and the food was simple but very good and tasty- a necessity after a day hiking through the jungle. The staff were efficient and our needs were catered for.

On the wildlife side we had an amazing guide- George who seemed to know every sound the jungle had. We did a mixture of hikes, boat trips, and used both the 50m towers (a must). Though mammals were meant to be hard to see we had excellent sightings- 5 species of monkey, night monkeys, possums, Tapir 6 times, Coati, otter and more. (Also fresh puma dung- but did not see the cat). Birding as expected was excellent with many colourful birds and plenty of Macaw´s from the towers.

A definite must for any nature lover!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Belo Horizonte, MG Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I am a nature tour operator, and have been taking tours to the Rio Cristalino Jungle Lodge since the day it opened, and it is still a spectacular place for seeing Amazonian wildlife. After winning a few prestigious awards, they have started building a new luxury lodge in the forest itself. On a recent trip at the end of August, however, I am my group of 5 pax were frustrated by the conflicting information we received in Alta Floresta, the number of times the plan to get us to the Rio Cristalino lodge changed, getting later and later in the afternoon, telling us to leave our rooms at the Hotel Floresta, which they also own, at noon, but not being willing to take us to the lodge until 300pm. Once there, the U$600+ per night accommodations were OK but not real luxury, with mornings by candlelight as they are too interested in profit to turn on the generator for a half hour in the morning. The food consisted of rice and beans and a meat with salad, no were near what one expects from and expensive lodge. We clearly got the feeling that the owners are trying to raise funds from current tourists to pay for the new luxury lodge, as we felt we were shorted on several things. It is a spectacular place for nature, without a doubt, but do not go there thinking you will have first world accommodations nor meals, or beverages, in comparison with less expensive African destinations.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Cristalino is a once in a lifetime destination: not easy to get to and expensive, but it would have been worth every dollar we spent if we hadn't gotten short shrift in the guide department. We are avid birders, not expert birders and we needed help from a knowledgeable guide. We were assigned to a "flora, not fauna" very nice person from whom we garnered tree facts that were interesting in the moment, but not memorable. We had just been in the Pantanal at Pousada Mutum, a much less luxurious lodge in terms of room and food, BUT our guide was excellent. Given the choice of which to return to-- Mutum for sure.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We came to Cristalino from a bad experience elsewhere so our expectations were low. We were blown away!
Firstly the welcome at the airport and a short drive (and water to drink) to a hotel (owned by the same lady who owns the lodge). We were taken to see a harpy eagle nest in the grounds with a fledgling close to his first flight. When the group had all assembled we were taken in a air conditioned small bus about an hour or so to board some boats up the river to the lodge. The whole journey was a great experience and the boat trip was a sightseeing adventure in itself with expert guides already with us.
When we arrived at the lodge we were welcomed again with a refreshing drink made from fruits of the forest and given instructions regarding meals getting around etc from the owner. The lodge is self sufficient in the main and runs a generator only a few hours a day which lends a great atmosphere to the place. We were taken to our lodge and having been privileged to stay at some of the best African lodges I was severely impressed by the quality of our lodge. Utterly private and extremely well equipped the lodge was a joy to behold, built from the resources around the area it was a treat to stay there.
Cristalino is about birds and the guides were incredibly knowledgable. We were fortunate to be give a 'guest' guide, a wonderful Australian called Terry who was extremely knowledgable about the whole environment, not just the birdlife. The other guides, whom we also had access to, were all great and a credit to the way the lodge has been set up and is being run. We are not maniacal bird watchers so we asked for emphasis on the flora as well and were not disappointed. To see and learn about the jungle and its cycle of life was fascinating as well as all the insect life around us. Although jaguar are often seen along the river that is not the focus of Cristalino. There was a family there with two young girls (15 and 12) and they enjoyed themselves immensely with swimming in the river and in the boats and walks from the lodge. Not a place for under 10s I would have thought but certainly for a few days it gives a great insight into this most important of ecosystems. The food was wonderful and was as local as could be. The choice was not great but given the location was a triumph of organisation. The lodge is being expanded with some new buildings which will improve the common facilities, which are pretty basic. The lack of electricity did not distract from our enjoyment, in fact may have added to it! The river helps to keep the temperature down and we experienced no problems with insects as long as we had repellent on.
As others have pointed out it is a long and arduous journey from Rio but it is really worth the effort.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Despite their website, there were few visible mammals/reptiles to be seen in the four days of our stay. Previously we have been in the Amazon and in the forest of Costa Rica and saw many mammals/reptiles as well as birds. This lodge is especially set up for birders and although we had good guides, turnover of guides appears to be frequent which means their experience is variable. No hot water for shaving unless you shave in the shower.You will be charged for bottled water on arrival, departure and at the lodge.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

This lodge is truly idyllic and well worth the effort of getting there - we had a flight from the Pantanal region to Alta Floresta (get to see the harpy eagle nest at the Floresta Amazonica if you are remotely interested in birds) a trying journey over dirt roads and magical river trip for the only way to arrive at the lodge. The staff, especially the owner Vitoria, were very welcoming and the room (go for the upgrade to deluxe) was fabulous, spacious and private, with an outdoor shower area if you like that kind of thing. A bit longer period of electricity in the evening would have been good, but hey - you are miles from civilisation, what do you expect!
Excursions out were with a fabulous guide (Eduardo) whose eye and ear for the birdlife was truly awe-inspiring - and a delightful guy to boot! Going up the 2 50m towers was a fantastic experience (even my husband with no head for height made it, so determined was he to enjoy the view from the top). The view over the canopy of birds & monkeys was a superb experience. The more relaxing afternoon river trips were a great antidote to the more energetic morning walks, with sundowner beers followed by a rather scary (for the very skilled boatman!) return trip to the lodge in total darkness, what a guy (Alessandro - good on you!). And the view of the ocelot on one of the dusky evenings was a total and unexpected bonus and a real priviledge.
Thanks to all - we had the most wonderful time which we will never forget. And do take a dip in the river from the floating platform - an adventure in itself.

Room Tip: Go for an upgrade if you can afford it - the deluxe rooms are wonderful but I would ask for one near...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bristol uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Cristalino Jungle Lodge is very remote. Travelling from Rio, it took us 3 flights, a 90-minute drive over punishing dirt tracks and a 30-minute boat ride to reach it! But it is a very special place and worth all the effort to get there in our opinion. The lodge is a wonderful combination of pristine Amazon jungle and relatively luxurious accommodation. Our "deluxe" bungalow had lovely comfortable bed plus a living room area and separate bathroom together with both inside and outdoor showers. Outside, a platform with hammock ready and waiting! This was top of the range but check out other accommodation options on-line. Meals, served communally by smiling staff, are delicious. There is a pontoon with sun loungers and umbrellas right on the Cristalino River and steps down to the water if you fancy an icy but refreshing dip. Walking and boating activities bring you in close proximity to a range of wildlife especially birds, and the variety of butterflies was truly spectacular. Worth noting: our guide was excellent but guides change regularly, coming for a month or so at a time; electricity is limited to certain hours in the day - make sure to bring a torch and also binoculars as there are none available to borrow. All in all, don't expect the profusion of wildlife of the Pantanal - come to Cristalino for a truly unique rainforest experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av. Perimetral Oeste, 2001, Alta Floresta, State of Mato Grosso 78580-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Mato Grosso > Alta Floresta
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Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty lodging in Alta Floresta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cristalino Lodge is a premier destination in the Amazon for nature lovers. Located in the middle of a 28,167 acre private reserve, an area 30% larger than New York’s Manhattan Island, the lodge offers unique outdoor experiences. Built to harmonize with the surrounding forest, the eco-friendly bungalows provide a pleasant and comfortable stay. The lodge is a winner of the World Savers Award, presented by Condé Nast Traveler in 2008, and was selected as one of the best hotels in Brazil by National Geographic Traveler in 2011, due to its combination of authentic experiences, sustainability ethic and comfort. ... more   less 
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