Cristalino Jungle Lodge Featured in Financial Times as a Model of Ecotourism in Brazil

Cristalino Jungle Lodge Featured in Financial Times as a Model of Ecotourism in Brazil

Crisalino Jungle Lodge

A Model of Sustainable Ecotourism in a Changing Brazil

Vitória da Riva Carvalho, owner of Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Alta Floresta, was recently featured in a Financial Times article about the shifting attitudes of Brazilians toward their abundant natural resources. Having inherited land from her father, who purchased 800,000 hectares of rainforest in the 1970s with dreams of creating a model agricultural city, Vitória has witnessed this attitude change firsthand.

 

Vitória da Riva CarvalhoDespite resistance from locals and even death threats, Vitória's persistence in creating an ecological reserve on the land has resulted in a complete transformation of Alta Floresta from an overexploited wasteland to a thriving haven for biodiversity and ecotourism.

 

Despite Brazil's nature and biodiversity long being a symbol of national identity and pride, economic incentives from agriculture and extractive industries such as mining and logging have often taken precedence in the past. This is beginning to change however, and according to the Financial Times article, a 2010 Pew Global Attitudes survey found that "eight out of 10 Brazilians believed protecting the environment should be a priority, even if it meant slower economic growth."

 

Brazil is currently one of the world's largest food exporters, and growing. This high-growth industry no doubt has ecological consequences, and with both external and internal pressure to halt deforestation and environmental degradation, the key to balancing economic growth and protection of natural resources may be more sustainable agricultural practices.

 

In fact, deforestation rates in the Amazon have started to decrease and many farmers are working toward sustainability, but there is still much work to be done. Nonetheless, Cristalino Jungle Lodge serves as an example of how with passion and determination, it’s possible to find solutions that benefits both the natural resources of this important and unique region as well as the people who live there.

 

About Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Birding at Cristalino Jungle LodgeNestled into a 12,000-hectare private reserve, Cristalino Jungle Lodge offers travelers a chance to experience one of the most pristine rainforests in the world first-hand. Skilled and passionate guides accompany visitors on a wide range of activities throughout the reserve, keeping groups to 8 people or less to provide personalized attention and maintain a small footprint.

 

The private reserve encompasses numerous different ecosystems, so guests have the opportunity to see an extraordinary amount of flora and fauna that can be found only there, whether hiking on their 22 miles of trails, bird watching, canoeing, or climbing one of their 50-meter canopy observation towers.

 

With its location in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world, Cristalino Jungle Lodge is committed to the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity in the area, environmental education, responsible ecotourism activities, and local scientific research programs. Demonstrating their dedication, the ecolodge proudly employs several sustainable practices, such as solar water heating and composting of organic materials.

 

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