The world-famous Cristalino Jungle Lodge offers access to one of the most diverse corners of the Amazon rainforest. An incredible 586 species have been recorded in the reserve and vicinity of the lodge, offering near endless diversity for visiting birders. The area is especially known for many species of macaw and parrots, jacamars, puffbirds, toucans, and cotingas. The healthy forest here also supports Harpy and Crested eagles, although sightings of these top predators are uncommon. Other groups of birds that reach great diversity here include antbirds with no less than 45 species and ovenbirds with 24 species. The Cristalino Lodge harbors several range-restricted and endemic species, most notably White-browed Hawk, Cryptic Forest Falcon, Crimson-bellied Parakeet, Tapajos Hermit, Bronzy Jacamar, Brown-banded Puffbird, Curl-crested Aracari, Black-girdled Barbet, Bare-eyed Antbird, Alta Floresta Antpitta and many, many more. The well-protected forest is also home to several large bird species that have disappeared in other areas, including regular sightings of Razor-billed and Bare-faced curassows, Spix’s Guan and Red-throated Piping-Guans, plus the very rare Dark-winged Trumpeter. The river holds several species of kingfishers, Sunbitterns and other treasures like the secretive Zigzag Heron and stunning Agami Heron.
Mammals are also common with sightings of capuchin, howler, spider, and saki monkeys frequent. On the forest floor collared and white-lipped peccaries roam and in the river Neotropical and Giant River otters hunt. The reserve also protect all the Amazon basin’s cats like jaguar, puma, and ocelot, sightings of these elusive creatures are very rare. The lodge’s excellent trail system, observation towers, floating deck, and boat trips allow for productive explorations of the diverse habitats.
Photo: White-bellied Parrot by Stephan Lorenz