Alta Floresta is considered by many ornithologists as one of the most diverse destinations for bird watching in the entire Amazon. With a bird list of 570+ species and new species found every year, the region of Alta Floresta and Cristalino River Basin have been visited by leading ornithologists and birders from all over the world. First visited by Ted Parker and Mort and Phyllis Isler in 1989, the region has attracted the visits of Dr. Yürgen Haffer, Dr. Robert Ridgley, Guy Tudor, Dr. Kevin Zimmer, and Bret Whitney to mention a few.
Due to the barrier effect of rivers like the Madera, Xingu and Teles Pires which inhibit the dispersion of some species, the Cristalino Reserve has a high incidence of endemism. Differing soil types from the drainages of the " White water" Rio Teles Pires and the "Black water" Rio Cristalino enhance the overall diversity of flora and fauna. Clients can choose from a set of trails with different habitats, go by boat on the river in search of Red-throated Piping Guan, Razor-billed and Bare-faced Curassow or they can relax in the Lodge clearing where many species of toucan, macaw, parrots, cotinga, barbet, trogon, and other frugivores visit the Cecropia trees for their tasty fruit.
In addition to the Cristalino Lodge, the Hotel Floresta Amazonica, which is located in a 100 acre fragment of primary forest in the center of the city of Alta Floresta, has unique attractions not to be missed. Visitors often spend a night at the Hotel upon arrival and before departure home. Endemics such as Crimson-bellied Parakeet, Black-girdled Barbet and Cryptic Forest Falcon as well as rarities such as Rufous-necked and Collared Puffbird are all found within 5 minutes walk of the breakfast buffet.
HARPY EAGLE PACKAGE 8D/7N
Day 1 Alta Floresta – Floresta Amazônica Hotel
Arrival , welcome drink at the Floresta Amazônica Hotel and accommodation. Observation of specialty & endemic birds on the Hotel ground such as Crimson bellied parakeet and the black-girdled barbet. Accommodation at Floresta Amazônica Hotel. (D)
Day 2 Floresta Amazônica Hotel – Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Early morning birding at the Hotel ground. After breakfast transfer to the Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Observation of birds along the way to the lodge. After lunch: hike "Taboca" trail. Accommodation at Cristalino Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Cristalino Jungle Lodge
After breakfast, hike the Rocky trail. Travel up the Cristalino River by motorboat and walk the Brazil Nut Trail: possible observation of the Harpy Eagle. Accommodation at Cristalino Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Cafter an early breakfast, hike the Sierra Trail. Lunch. birding at the Ficus trail on the lodge ground. Accommodation at Cristalino Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Breakfast and trip up river. Birding by the rapids. Observation of river birds such as the Red Throated Piping-Guan, endemic to the area. After lunch, birding along the Cristalino lodge ground trails. Accommodation at Cristalino Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Cristalino Jungle Lodge
After an early breakfast, trip down river. Birding at Cristalino Ecological Foundation - CEF Field Camp at a Teles Pires River Island. After lunch, a choice of one of the lodges set of trails. Accommodation at Cristalino Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Cristalino Jungle Lodge – Alta Floresta
After an early breakfast, trip up river to Dr. Haffer and Kawall parrot trail. After lunch, transfer to the Teles Pires river bank. Birding along the access road in the afternoon. Transfer to Alta Floresta late afternoon. Accommodation at the Floresta Amazonica Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Alta Floresta
Breakfast. At morning be free to observe birds on the Hotel ground. Transfer to the airport for departure. (B)
-2 Overnights in Floresta Amazonica Hotel
-5 Overnights in the Cristalino Jungle Lodge
-Transfer in & out
-Full board during whole trip
-All activities as mentioned in the program
-Foreign English speaking guide and local guide with reasonable bird nowledge.
-WILDLIFE PRESERVATION FEE : US$ 25 per pax
This amount will be added to the package in order to support the CRISTALINO ECOLOGICAL FOUNDATION .
What to bring:
General items: Binoculars / Hat or cap / Sun glasses / sunblock / insect repellent / camera (bring extra batteries)/ high-speed Films, 400 iso, 800 iso (to photograph inside of the forest) and normal film / Flash light / Cigarettes, if you are a smoker / Personal medicines.
Clothes: swimming suit / long sleeve shirts / T-shirts / sweater / long pants / Shorts / good hiking boots / Tennis / Sandals / socks
For bird watchers: a binocular and a good tape recorder.
The Lodge mini shop: Some basic items are available for sale such as: insect repellent, normal filmes (100 iso), batteries, sunblock, t-shirts, caps, and personal hygienic items