Amazon, Brazil

Cristalino Jungle Lodge

One of the Amazon's most comfortable lodges

Join wildlife experts on daily expeditions

Truly one of the best lodges to explore the natural world of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest – as confirmed by the National Geographic Traveller, who named it one of the best hotels in all the country – the Cristalino is a spectacular, very comfortable and conscientiously designed jungle lodge for serious nature lovers.

Set in its own 28,167-hectare private reserve and only reachable by boat, the lodge also manages to combine several different accommodation options for every type of traveller. Families will find the two-bedroom bungalows very comfortable, and couples looking for extra privacy will find the ‘special bungalows’ ideal. Things like solar-powered hot water and biological waste treatment keep the property sustainable with minimum impact on the precious environment around you. Private verandas and outdoor showers come as standard in all category of rooms, and upper-tier options feature private gardens and L’Occitane products.

The staff here look after every individual guest beautifully, as do the lodge’s team of naturalist guides and wildlife experts who lead you on your daily expeditions. Choose from a scheduled programme of diverse activities depending on your length of stay, or pick and choose what you like, mixed in with the right balance of relaxation.

Combining remoteness with an elegant style of comfort, expert nature activities and outdoors adventure, and fantastic facilities for its position, Cristalino is without a doubt one of our favorites.


18 rooms

Restaurant and Bamboo Bar

Floating deck area

Trails and nature tours

Expert naturalist guides

Reading room

Canoeing and boat trips

Positive Impact

Protecting the rich Cristalino area is an integral part of the hotel’s work, and in 1999, the Cristalino Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, was set up to work in partnership with the eco lodge. The Cristalino Lodge and the Cristalino Foundation make use of their synergy to preserve this special Amazon retreat, undertaking responsibilities including the conservation and monitoring of the forest reserves where the Cristalino Lodge is located, research and knowledge generation, and promoting sustainable development in the region.

The School of the Amazon, an educational program involving the students of the schools in the region that seeks to create a positive relationship between young people and the forest, also falls within the scope of the Cristalino Foundation activities.

Plan your trip to Brazil

Whatever you want from your adventure in Brazil, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.

Places to combine Cristalino Jungle Lodge with


Comuna do Ibitipoca
Far from being commonplace in the Brazilian interior, this elegantly restored colonial farmhouse set amongst the green undulating hills of the Ibitipoca State Park makes for a wonderfully unique stay. Aptly owned by a mining magnate in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais and only 270km from Rio de Janeiro, guests can delight in Reserva do Ibitipoca’s understated luxury and spa whilst enjoying assorted wildlife expeditions and bespoke excursions to waterfalls and white sandy river beaches. 4WD, horse riding, electric cars and bikes are also available for a small extra cost. The rooms are elegantly simple, maintaining the warm assurance of modernity that is brilliantly juxtaposed with an inspiring use of antiques and restored furniture. A colourful wall hanging or religious icon touches on the farmhouse’s once domestic story, remindful too of local artisanship, whilst an animal hide rug laid on the original polished wood floors illustrates a satisfying contrast of textures. There is a fenced veranda that wraps itself around one corner of the farmhouse bedecked with the odd rocking chair and inviting armchairs and sofas on which to relax, eat breakfast and take in the views of the surrounding hills and lake. Food here is a real highlight and guests will enjoy delicious home-cooked food made using fresh, seasonal ingredients. A short stroll across the lawn is the hotel’s large spa housed in a converted outbuilding. Another separate lodge within Comuna do Ibitipoca’s garden has a sauna and heated outdoor Jacuzzi. Ibitipoca’s service is exceptional and the staff’s knowledge of the parkland’s rich flora and fauna, which include red deer, jaguars, pumas and many native tree specimens, cannot fail to impress. Rates are based on a minimum two-night stay and include all meals, taxes, and tours into the Reserve with an English-speaking guide.