Home to nearly 600 bird species, the Alta Floresta region of the Southern Amazon basin is a world class destination.
A weeklong stay at the award winning Cristalino Jungle Lodge is an unforgettable experience, made memorable by the friendly service, excellent food, charming accommodations, and the great birding.
More than 20 km of trails access various types of forest, from vine-laden bamboo thickets (Manu Antbird, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Dusky-tailed Flatbill), to sandy igapó (Blue-crowned Trogon, Flame-crested Manakin), to tall terra firme (Musician Wren, Collared Puffbird), and stunted forest atop rocky domes (Brown-banded Puffbird, White-browed Purpletuft, Natterer’s Slaty-Antshrike).
With luck, we will find a swarm of army ants raiding on the forest floor, where we can find the endemic Bare-eyed Antbird and Dark-winged Trumpeters, alongside other antbirds and woodcreepers.
Boat trips on the Cristalino and Teles Pires rivers usually find various herons, swallows and sometimes mammals like tapir, capybara, and two species of otters.
River islands on the Teles Pires river hold Glossy Antshrike, Amazonian Tyrannulet and the spectacular Ladder-tailed Nightjar.
The list of attractions goes on and on, but the showpiece at Cristalino are the two canopy towers, each allowing guests to observer the treetops from 50m (150 ft) above the ground.
This is a great way to see many elusive and rare canopy birds such as White-browed Hawk, Tooth-billed Wren and Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak.
There is always a chance up here for one of the rare kings of the jungle "the Harpy and Crested Eagles" but even if neither makes an appearance you will be blown away by the six species of monkey and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets over an unbroken emerald canopy, stretching out before you as far as the eye can see.
During the day we will also have a chance to see interesting mammals such as Giant River Otter, Tapir and interesting monkeys such as White-nosed Bearded Saki Monkey and white-whiskered spider monkey.
Night excursions often prove to be very productive with great chances of seeing Austral Screech-Owl, Crested Owl, Long-tailed and Great Potoo, Ladder-tailed and Nightjar Blackish Nightjar.