Alta floresta


Alta Floresta – Cristalino National Park considered as Private National Heritage Reserve (PNHR) has a primary and lush forest, home to a variety of natural habitats. The Cristalino reserve is the first PNHR of northern Mato Grosso, created in 1997 by the enterprise itself. The PNHR is a private area, recorded in perpetuity, with the goal of conserving Brazil’s biological diversity. The creation of a PNHR is a voluntary act of the owner of an area whose main beneficiary is the natural environment.


– Conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

– Environmental education.

– Responsible tourism through small groups on groomed trails.

– Support for research projects through the Cristalino Foundation.

The Reserve is divided into geographical areas with different uses and purposes such as tourism, conservation, research and monitoring. This area is managed by a team with different areas of expertise – such as biology, management and education – through the Cristalino Foundation.

The Cristalino forest reserve borders with the Cristalino State Park, an important conserved area of 184,900 hectares in the Amazon. This park connects with the Air Force Reserve, with 2.16 million hectares. Other reserves also linked in this mosaic are: Biological Reserve Headwaters, the Xingu Reserve, and Kayabi Mundurukú Indigenous Area, Juruena National Park, New River Park, Jamanxim National Forest, Crepori National Forest, Mosaic Apuí Sucunduri Park, Jatuarana National Forest Reserve and Aripuana.



There are two different “seasons” in Alta floresta: dry and wet. Traveling in the dry or rainy seasons provides completely different experiences, so it is so important to choose the date of travel. It is recommended also that you visit the Amazon in the two seasons, so you can see live the impressive change in river levels. (Depending of the location, some lodge will be closed for few weeks i the dry season).

Get ready for high temperatures in any season, especially in September, the terror of locals when the temperature passes 40ºC. The average annual temperature is around 27ºC, but the humidity and sultry weather, make the thermal sensation higher.

Heat and humidity are present all year; during the dry season, from June to November, it rains less. The dry season (winter) is when the rivers has the lower water level and form the river beaches. The rainy season (summer) is from December to May and reflects on the level of the rivers, causing it to be very full  and forming the flooding forest. The level reached vary about 15 meters between flood and drought, so the construction are adapted to changes – very interesting to watch and experience indeed.


Using the Manaus International Airport is not only the fastest option, but also the most comfortable. Manaus is in the middle of Amazonian forest , getting to other capitals in the North by roads is exhausting, endless and to be frank, impossible. The river transportation, characteristic in cities bathed in rivers, is one of the alternatives most used by locals and by you as you will reach the jungle after your arrival.

The pier where depart the boat to the lodges is at the Tropical Manaus hotel.

By plane

Primary means of arrival of domestic and foreign tourists, the Manaus International Airport has been renovated to receive the World Cup. It is a little away from the city center.
Importantly, in addition to serving as arrival in Manaus, the airport offers flights to overseas countries, especially the United States, subject of many promotions throughout the year.

By boat

The boats are often used by the inhabitants of the Amazon region to go from one city to another. It is common to use them to get from Itacoatiara and Parintins to Manaus, for example; however, the negative factors are the longest duration and the discomfort of the vessels, which only have hammocks. To get an idea, between Belem and Manaus the boat trip takes about four days.

The transfers to the lodge can carry between 40 minutes and 4 hours.


The tranquil waters of the Cristalino River are perfect for canoeing, and the hotel provides comfortable safety equipment. You can often combine hikes with canoeing on a single outing. Moreover, the chance to glide silently along the river not only make it easier to enjoy the scenery, but also enhances the possibility of spotting birds, monkeys…
Nature hikes along the 30 km (18.5 mi) of trails within the reserve, in small groups, provide an understanding of the tropical ecosystem. The trails pass through different types of vegetation, such as terra firma forest (Evergreen forest not subject to flooding), wetland forest, tropical campinarana and upland areas where deciduous forest predominates – with bare branches and beautiful bromeliads in flower during certain parts of the year.

For a truly unique Amazon experience, you must not miss out on a visit to one of our Observation Towers. Since the trees in the region are very tall, with the emergent species reaching over 45 meters (145 feet), our towers provide an excellent platform for observing the birds that inhabit the forest canopy, such as Ttanagers, Chatterers, Macaws, Parrots, Toucans and Aracaris.

Several iconic species of Brazilian fauna and flora that represent the wonderful biodiversity of the country can be found in this region. Among these are the Harpy Eagles (Harpia Harpyja), Tapirs (Tapirus Terrestris), Giant Otters (Pteronura Brasiliensis), White-Whiskered Spider Monkeys (Ateles Marginatus), Collared Peccarys (Tayassu Tajacu), White-Nosed Saki Monkeys (Chiropotes Albinasus), Red-Handed Howler Monkeys (Alouatta Belzebul),….

First stop at the look out of the cliffs of the Chapada and stop for photos, visit the marina and harbor Manso Manso Dam. Then we dive in the Enchanted Aquarius River. We follow the village for a delicious swim in the creek resort stowed with various types of fish.

Boat trips, with our experienced guides in attendance, are a fundamental part of your visit. Many of the trails are only accessible by boat, and on the journey you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife along the rivers. One of the trips includes a visit to the River Teles Pires to enjoy the sunset. The meeting of the waters of the Teles Pires with those of the Cristalino River  has a fascinating intermingling of its respective light and dark shades.


  • Drinking water is very important when visiting the jungle to avoid dehydration and malaise.
  • It is very hot in the jungle, so put many light clothes in the bag, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Be sure to try fish, fruit or guarana – which has a very different flavor from the rest of Brazil. The Amazon flavors are an attraction in itself, always startling.
  • Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended

What to bring?

Dry-fit t-shirts  Dry-fit long-sleeved shirts

 Trousers (Tactel or similar material)

 Comfortable walking shoes

 Hat or cap

 Comfortable socks for walking

 Light raincoat or anorak



 Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher

 Insect repellent (we recommend odorless repellent) 

 After Bite itch eraser



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