Alta Floresta / Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Depending on the time of your flight and your arrival at Alta Floresta airport, you will meet your zoologist escort and local guide. If you have arrived in the morning you will be transferred to Floresta Amazonica Hotel for lunch before carrying onto your accommodation (luxury rainforest lodge – Cristalino Jungle Lodge), but if you arrive in the late afternoon or evening you will be taken to your accommodation in Alta Floresta (3* hotel – Floresta Amazonica Hotel). Either way you will receive a briefing about the tour and have the rest of the day will be at your leisure. There are plenty of birds around the hotel grounds and we will try and spot crimson-bellied parakeets and the black-girdled barbet. Your evening meal will be at the accommodation.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
This morning you will either be offered some early morning birding around the grounds of the hotel before breakfast. After breakfast we will check out and be transferred to your new accommodation (luxury rainforest lodge – Cristalino Jungle Lodge). We will make numerous stops along the way for birding (hopefully spotting red-billed macaws or point-tailed palmcreepers), the journey is involves an hour or so drive north in a vehicle before transferring to a boat for the remaining 1.5 hours to the lodge. Or if you are already here you will have the morning free to walk some of thAfter lunch on arrival you will enjoy an afternoon hike around one of the many walking trails. By walking the forests you stand an excellent chance of seeing dozens of species such as black caracaras, cryptic forest falcon, long-billed woodcreeper, cinnamon attila and the endemic glossy antshrike. You will return to the lodge for your evening meal and a rest before your first chance for harpy eagles tomorrow.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Over the next 5 nights you will be free to explore the many hiking trails around the grounds of the lodge as well as using the canopy towers (particularly the Brazil Nut trail canopy tower. This is where the nesting harpy eagles have been seen in the past. By being at the same height as many of the emergents you will be in prime location to spot these majestic birds as they soar the skies and perch watching for any susceptible primates or sloths who make themselves an easy target. The pair were nesting in the wooded area close to the lodge in 2011 and which a 2 month incubation period they would be expected to be seen feeding a fledging close to the lodge well into 2012. The hope is that this pair continue to next around here and the fledglings may even stay around the location once it reaches adulthood. The harpy eagles could be seen anywhere around the lodge but we do recommend the canopy towers. However the beauty of this large (46 square mile) reserve is that there is a huge variety of activities here including many hikes where Gould toucanet, Kawalls parrot, pompadour cotinga, cinerous antshrike and hundreds more can be spotted. You are also free to take canoe and boat trips down many of the rivers during your time here. Whilst here you will have all your meals at the accommodation (luxury rainforest lodge – Cristalino Jungle Lodge). Whilst there are harpy eagles here and they have nested twice in the last 3 years we cannot guarantee that they will be seen, all we can do is recommend the best places and hope that the lord of the South American skies pays you a visit.
This morning you will have one last hike before breakfast or perhaps a pre dawn visit to one of the canopy towers. Then after breakfast you will be transferred back to Alta Floresta. Once back at the hotel (3* hotel – Flroesta Amazonica Hotel) you will be free to relax and bird in the hotel grounds. Plus if we hear that the harpy eagles are around here, in thisa patch of rainforest we will make them a priority today. Other than the harpy eagle other great birding delights to look out for are white-browed hawk, strong-billed woodcreeper and great jacamars.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.