Exploring the Cristalino River
This was our first visit to Brazil, we wanted to experience the varied wildlife, rainforest and Pantanal regions for 16 action-packed days.
We arrived in San Paulo early morning after a night flight from Heathrow then took two internal flights to Alta Floresta, deep in the southern Amazon rainforest. We stayed three nights at the wonderful Cristalino Lodge where we spent the next two days experiencing the rainforest and exploring the Cristalino River by boat.
Michael, our guide, looked after us very well, introducing us to the wonderful wildlife of the region and an abundance of unusual and beautiful birdlife such as humming birds, tiger herons, sungrebe and Amazon kingfisher to name but a few.
We saw tapir, capybara, spectacled caiman, giant river otters, river turtles, tegu lizards, spider monkeys and were on the lookout for jaguar and a giant anaconda that had been seen in the area.
The Cristalino Lodge was very welcoming and a large G&T with lots of ice proved a particular hit at the end of a wonderful but tiring day.