Amazon Tree House Lodge There is a new exciting and very unique place to stay in the Amazon Rainforest - the Treehouse Lodge. The only accommodations of it’s kind in the Amazon rainforest, it is an all-inclusive, luxury lodge located at the confluence of the serene and protected Yarapa and Cumaceba rivers near the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in Peru in a 345 acre jungle reserve.
With your private bungalow set high in the rainforest, you’ll see the rainforest from an entirely new perspective that most visitors never experience - the tree top canopy!
You’ll never forget the experience of watching monkeys and birds at eye level as every morning you’ll wake up to a safari of animal life before you even get out of bed. Not to worry, you won’t sacrifice any of the usual comforts found on the ground. Each bungalow is equipped with showers, sinks, toilets, and clean white linens. Your personal treehouse bungalow gets you up off the jungle floor and helps you enjoy the airy relief from the heat and humidity. Sure, you’ll get a little extra exercise walking up to your bungalow, but after a meal filled with delicious food, you’ll welcome it.
All bungalows at Treehouse Lodge come with comforts you wouldn’t expect to find high in the trees in the middle of the jungle. Showers, sinks, toilets, fresh white linens, comfortable beds, and chairs are our standard. The entire structure of the bungalow is sealed by mosquito mesh woven so fine that it will not obstruct your view in any way.
The friendly staff at Treehouse will take your luggage to and from your bungalow and clean your bungalow daily. After enjoying a nice dinner at the main lodge, the path to your bungalow will be lit ensuring you a peaceful and safe walk home for the night.
HOWEVER: Having a treehouse room is not for everyone! You need to be adventurous, not afraid of heights, and have good mobility as there are no elevators.
Below is an unedited review on TripAdvisor from a guest in March 2104.
"Treehouse is truly an amazing experience. The actual lodge is a setting of luxury and elegance and the bungalows are an incredible engineering vision. The floating bridges, stairs and viewing platforms are all architectural marvels. Be forewarned - this place is for people who are adventurous and true nature lovers. Not for the "faint of heart" first - because of the height of some of the bungalows (mine was 67 FT in the air) above the jungle canopy and second - because you are in the middle of the jungle and there are BUGS!!!! EVERYWHERE!!! This cannot be helped so be prepared and you will be rewarded with an experience of a lifetime that you will never forget. The staff were fantastic and our guides were basically personal encyclopedias (Robinson and Jose) Food was excellent and always presented beautifully !! Thank you to Robinson, Jose, Paul, Ronnie, Sterling, Henry, Abel and Charles!!!!"
Amazon Treehouse BungalowsAll bungalows at Treehouse Lodge come with comforts you wouldn’t expect to find high in the trees in the middle of the jungle. Showers, sinks, toilets, fresh white linens, comfortable beds, and chairs are our standard. So they don’t come with hot water, but a cool shower after spending the day in the heat is very refreshing. The entire structure of the bungalow is sealed by mosquito mesh woven so fine that it will not obstruct your view in any way. Additionally, each bed is equipped with another layer of mosquito mesh draping which tuck in under the mattress. The friendly staff at Treehouse will take your luggage to and from your bungalow and clean your bungalow daily. After enjoying a nice dinner at the main lodge, the path to your bungalow will be lit ensuring you a peaceful and safe walk home for the night.
Bungalow 1 - Dos Ramas
Directions to Treehouse 1: Take stairs to second floor of the main lodge and cross one steel cable bridge.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 36 feet off the ground, Diameter of 17 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people, Closest to the main lodge
Bungalow 2 - Laguna Vista
Bungalow 2 is another easily accessible bungalow at Treehouse Lodge. It sits 38 feet off the ground and spans approximately 16 feet in diameter. Like Bungalow 1, the views from Bungalow two vary depending on high and low water. Either way, you will be pleased with your morning vista. Bungalow 2 is built in a beautiful Oje tree surrounded by jungle vegetation. It can be arranged with either one king bed or two twins. Take a short walk across the steel cable bridge and a nice view of the river opens up where you can often see river dolphins and local fisherman. A portable bed can be provided if requested for an additional person.
Directions to Treehouse 2: Take stairs to second floor and cross two consecutive steel cable bridges.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 38 feet off the ground, Diameter of 16 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people
Bungalow 3 - Rio Vista
Bungalow 3 is the only bungalow with a view of the Yarapa River at Treehouse. It sits 39 feet off the ground and spans approximately 19 feet in diameter. Like Bungalows 1 and 2, Bungalow 3 offers distinct views you can enjoy right from your bedroom whether it be high or low water season. In addition, from this bungalow you may see some local villagers fishing or even a river dolphin if you’re lucky. Bungalow 3 is built in a beautiful Oje tree surrounded by jungle vegetation. Monkeys regularly pass through this tree foraging for food. It can be arranged with either one king bed or two twins. Also, a portable cot can be provided if requested for an additional person.
Directions to Treehouse 3: Take stairs to second floor of the main lodge and cross three consecutive steel cable bridges.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 39 feet off the ground, Diameter of 19 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people, Closest to the Yarapa River
Bungalow 4 - Casa Grande
Bungalow 4 is the largest bungalow at Treehouse. It looks and feels like the charming home fit for the Swiss Family Robinson. It sits 34 feet off the ground and spans approximately 22 feet in diameter. A few large branches within your bungalow make you really feel like you’re truly living in a treehouse! And the views will have you mesmerized. It can be arranged with either one king bed and one twin or three twins. Also, 1 - 2 portable cots can be provided if requested for additional people.
Directions to Treehouse 4: Walk 80 feet from the main lodge along a raised wooden pathway. Then walk 20 feet up the arching stairs.
Room Details: One king bed and one twin or three twins, 34 feet off the ground, Diameter of 22 feet, Sleeps up to 5 people, Largest Treehouse at the Lodge
Bungalow 5 - Bamboo House
Bungalow 5 has an exterior stair case that takes you outside the platforms and enters in through the side of the treehouse. On top of the stairs is a unique balcony with beautiful views of the surrounding jungle foliage that include bamboo and palm trees. A portable cot can be provided if requested for an additional person.
- Directions to Treehouse 5: Walk 80 feet from the main lodge along a raised wooden pathway, walk 15 feet up the arching stairs, and cross the steel cable bridge.
- Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 39 feet off the ground, Diameter of 17 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people, Private balcony
Bungalow 6 - Casa Alta
Bungalow 6 is the highest bungalow at Treehouse. It towers over the jungle providing magnificent views of the surrounding rainforest. Monkeys are regularly seen and heard traveling through the trees around this bungalow. It’s also a great place to watch Parakeets, Parrots, and Macaws in the early morning without even leaving the house. Birds have built several hanging nests in clear view. Bungalow 6 sits 67 feet off the ground and spans approximately 15 feet in diameter. It can only be arranged with two twin beds. Also, portable cot can be provided if requested for an additional person.
Directions to Treehouse 6: Walk 200 feet from main lodge along raised wooden pathway, walk up beautiful 55 foot spiral staircase, and walk across one steel cable bridge.
Room Details: Two twin beds, 67 feet off the ground, Diameter of 15 feet, Sleeps up to 2 people, Tallest Treehouse at the Lodge
Bungalow 7 - Solitude
Bungalow 7 is the second highest bungalow at Treehouse. It stands tall and provides a beautiful secluded home nestled amongst the trees. On one side, you will be greeted by spacious views spanning the rainforest, on the other the rainforest will be right next to you. Monkeys are regularly seen and heard traveling through the trees around Bungalow 6 and the bridge leading to it. As this bungalow sits further into the jungle, it brings the sights and sounds of the wild close to home. Bungalow 7 sits 65 feet off the ground and spans approximately 18 feet in diameter. It can be arranged with either one king bed or two twins. Also, a portable cot can be provided if requested for an additional person.
Directions to Treehouse 7: Walk 200 feet from main lodge along raised wooden pathway, walk up beautiful 55 foot spiral staircase, and walk across two consecutive steel cable bridges.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 65 feet off the ground, Diameter of 18 feet Sleeps up to 3 people, Deepest into the jungle
Bungalow 8 - The Cradle
Bungalow 8 is uniquely positioned inside numerous branches that cradle the hut comfortably in the jungle’s embrace. It makes a wonderfully natural home. Standing alone, Bungalow 8 is ideal for those who like a little distance from their neighbors. Beautiful views of rainforest can be seen in every direction. Further into the jungle, this bungalow brings the sights and sounds of the wild close to home. It sits 60 feet off the ground and spans approximately 18 feet in diameter. The journey into the treehouse is as enjoyable as the stay with it’s own amazing private staircase that winds around the tree trunk. Bungalow 8 can be arranged with either one king bed or two twins. Also, a portable cot can be provided if requested for an additional person.
Directions to Treehouse 8: Walk 250 feet from main lodge along raised wooden pathway. Then walk up 25 foot spiral staircase.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 60 feet off the ground, Diameter of 18 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people, Most Secluded
Bungalow 9 - Serena
Treehouse 9 is one of the largest and newest treehouses on the property and while it is not exactly on the river bank of the Yarapa, it is very close and you have a good view of it including the occasional fisherman or villager. Treehouse 9 is beautifully high with great views, but not as high as Treehouses 6, 7, and 8. It’s ideal for someone who enjoys getting up into the trees and walking on hanging bridges without so many stairs. Treehouse 9 and 10 are together to the south of the main lodge but separated from the rest of the treehouses. Treehouse 9 is about 10 ft higher than Treehouse 10.
Directions to Treehouse 9: Walk south about 200 yards on a raised wooden and covered pathway to a tree on the river bank where you climb up about 20 feet on stairs circling the tree trunk. At the top, stop to enjoy a nice view of the river before walking across one long steel cable bridge.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 40 feet off the ground, Diameter of 20 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people, Private Bathroom with Cold-water Shower.
Bungalow 10 - Costa Bella
Treehouse 10 is right on the river bank and has the best river view. Enjoy seeing the occasional fisherman or villager and sometimes pink dolphins. Treehouse 10 is the only treehouse with a private balcony just outside and overlooking the river. Read a book or sip a drink and enjoy the view. TH10 is also the only treehouse that enters directly from the bridge through a door. All of the others enter from a common platform below. TH10 is also very large and comfortable, though not quite as large as TH9 or TH4. It is also a great choice for someone who wants to enjoy solitude and altitude without so many stairs. Treehouse 10 is also our newest treehouse.
Directions to Treehouse 10: Walk south about 200 yards on a raised wooden and covered pathway to a tree on the river bank where you climb up about 20 feet on stairs circling the tree trunk. At the top, stop to enjoy a nice view of the river before walking across one long steel cable bridge and then one more short steel cable bridge.
Room Details: One king bed or two twins, 53 feet off the ground, Diameter of 18 feet, Sleeps up to 3 people, Right on the river bank with balcony, Private Bathroom with Cold-water Shower.
Amazon Rainforest Excursions
Your choice of daily guided excursions are included. Most of the excursions last from 2 to 3 hours depending to the water level and the weather conditions.
1) Dolphin Watching
Dolphins are considered magical among the native Peruvians. According to local legend, dolphins would transform into humans and kidnap beautiful women from the communities and take them to their kingdom under the Amazon river. No need to fear, the dolphins we meet will do no such thing. Though dolphins are spotted all year round on the Amazon, there are specific feeding areas that our guides have designated along the Ucayali where visitors can swim and interact with the dolphins. You will boat along the river for approx 45 Min. If you're feeling courageous, you can jump in and experience the joy of swimming with these beautiful and powerful creatures! Navigating along the Ucayali River you will also have the opportunity to observe other types of wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, and iguanas basking in the sun as well as many species of birds that feed on the fruits of trees that grow along the edges of the River.
2) Jungle Walk to Learn About Medicinal Plants
The rainforest is like a green pharmacy where you can find many plants used to treat different diseases. You can find forest medicines for headaches, stomachaches, broken bones, hernias, and rheumatism - even for diabetes. On this Amazon Jungle excursion, you will explore through this greenery in search for some medicines found in each plant or tree, learning the secrets of the jungle and the relationship between plant and man; all the while bringing you closer to Mother Nature, protector of all the living organisms on our planet earth. The Amazonian people are the preservers of knowledge passed from one generation to another. Before cutting a plant in preparation for extracting medicine, many medicine men ask permission of the protector of the forest; if they don´t ask permission the medicine doesn't work. This ancient belief is responsible for keeping the superpower natural forces in harmony.
3) Dugout Canoe Trip
For centuries, River people have moved along the Amazonian rivers on dugout canoes. Even today, this mode of transportation is the best way to explore the creeks: navigating slow, listening to the sounds of the jungle, and observing nature, attempting to imitate the exact way ribereño people see the forest. If you are a bird watcher from the canoes, you can observe and take pictures of many species of birds that feed and make nests close to the river shores. Many species of primates such as brown capuchins, squirrel monkeys, and saddle backed tamarins are easy to spot. You may even be able to observe rare and elusive creatures such as the river otters from the dugout canoes. At some point we will stop and fish for piranha! We will carry aboard wooden poles, with string and meat. When the piranha bites, you lift up the pole and voila. Not to worry, we will retrieve the fish for you.
4) Jungle Walk to Oxbow Lagoon to See the Giant Water Lilies and the Hoatzins
Participate on a fascinating jungle walk to this isolated lagoon that was once part of the river many years ago. The Oxbow Lagoon hosts many species of aquatic plants such as the giant water lilies that can grow to 6 ft. in diameter with flowers the size of cabbage. You will also observe the strangely interesting hoatzin, a bird feeds exclusively on poisonous plants that it can keep in its crop for several hours. Another species of bird you will find on this amazon jungle walk is the horned screamer that is related to the geese family and feeds on water lettuce and water hyacinth. Lastly, though perhaps most fascinating, you will be able to spot the wattled jacana, nick-named Jesus Christ because it can walk on water. These are just a few of the many animals that live into this varzea forest.
5) Jungle Walk to observe the Night Monkey
Join this jungle walk to witness the only nocturnal monkey that can be spotted during the daytime. These primates make their homes in tree holes and, once located, can be seen sticking their heads out to take a peek. You will walk along a trail that runs close to an old tree where these night monkeys can be seen. They have a good sense of hearing, are very curious, and apparently evolved into nocturnal animals in order to avoid competition over food.
6) Visit the Jibaro Community
Due to conflicts and tribal disputes that happened many years ago, a group of Jibaro people decided to move from their ancestral land located on the Pastaza river to an area closer to the equatorial border. They navigated downstream, following the Marañon river, then travelled along the Amazon to finally arrive at the Tahuayo river - a small, blackwater tributary where they created their community anew in peace, away from other villages, preserving their traditions and the knowledge of the ethnolinguistic group. You will take a boat from Treehouse Lodge downstream on the Yarapa River for 30 minutes to reach a community called Jaldar. From this village, you will walk 40 minutes on a jungle trail to arrive at the Jerusalem Jibaro community on the Tahuayo River. You will have a chance to learn the art of fishing in the Jibaro style as well as explore the Tahuayo river on dugout canoes to search Amazonian animals such as monkeys, macaws, toucans and sloths. You will also find out how they make their dugout canoes, how they prepare masato (a jungle beer made out of manioc), and how they make real blow darts, bows, and arrows still used in fishing and hunting today. While there, you will see original hand crafts made by girls of the community. These crafts will be available for purchase to take home as souvenirs. Before leaving, you will enjoy a picnic lunch at the chief’s house - our way of thanking him for his hospitality.
7) Night Excursion by Boat
If you enjoy the river by day, just imagine the life that awakens at night. On our night excursion, you will travel along the river, looking for wildlife with flashlights. The chances of spotting wildlife are good. You will see creatures like beautifully colored frogs resting on the floating plants on the edges of the creeks. You will see fishing bats that catch their prey using their talons like hawks, detected by sophisticated sonar. By the light of your flashlight, you will see potoos, owls, and caimans (located through their red eyes) that venture through the dark to catch their prey. At night you will also find creatures such as kinkajoos that feed on fruits and berries. They are easy to see while jumping from branch to branch on trees along the river. Even the opossum that feeds on birds can be spotted primarily at night. These are just a few of the many creatures that love to come out at night.
8) Night Walk to see Insects & Reptiles
Night time is a prime time for feeding. Once the sun sets, many creatures come out, some are the predators and others the prey. On this night excursion, you will see exotic beetles (rhinoceros and elephant species) and moths (sphinx and roschildia species). You will also find some lizards sleeping on the leaves. On our walk, you can see diverse species of frogs like the famous owl frog that makes holes in the ground and weighs over ½ pound. Amazonian people use the skin of this interesting anuran to make drums, but the owl frog protects itself from its predator by releasing a milky liquid from its skin. There is also a frog called gladiator tree frog that makes its nest close to the water to keep it from potential rivals and attract females for mating. At some point on the walk we will ask you to turn off your flashlight and stay quiet to let your senses adapt to the darkness, listening to the sounds of the rainforest in order to identify what they are and where they come from. At this moment, you will truly be able to appreciate the vastness of the Amazon Jungle with all its countless secrets.
9) Early Bird Watching from the Platforms
The best way to witness wildlife is by waking up early to the sound of hundreds of birds and monkeys. The suspension bridges are built to bring you closer to all the wildlife that exists around Treehouse Lodge. You will see many species of tanagers, toucans, parrots, parakeets, antbirds, antwrens, woodpeckers, and monkeys that come to feed on the fruit and insects found on the trees. There are species of birds that never venture closer to the ground because the fruit they eat is found on the tree tops. Being closer to the canopy, it’s easy to see the beauty of these species. In only one early morning, you will observe at least 50 species of birds, 20 of which are uncommon. The variety of wildlife in this type of igapo forest is outstanding. The more appreciation we can gain of these species and the more research we can perform to find new species, the more likely they are to be preserved for future generations.
10) Visit to Puerto Miguel, a Kukama Community
If you’re looking for a way to truly experience the Peruvian natives, this is it. Visit Puerto Miguel and interact with the river people who still preserve their traditions, ancient knowledge, and even language. We will get to explore their homes made out of wood and palm trees to see how they live, what they cook, and the way they survive using the natural resources of the rainforest. You’ll find it fascinating to see how they have adapted to coexist with their environment, sharing their space with countless insects, dangerous animals and poisonous plants that can be used to kill or cure depending on preparation. The river people are skillful craft makers and have a communal house where you have the chance to purchase their beautifully hand-crafted items made using materials found in the Amazon jungle.
11) Visit the Butterfly Farm
Peru hosts close to 4,000 species of butterfly, more than any other place in the world. Many of the species are endemic and, therefore, restricted to Peru. The community of Vista Alegre, together with a Peruvian NGO, took measures to reproduce and protect some species of butterfly by creating a butterfly farm where farm villagers learn about the entire process of metamorphosis of these beautiful creatures. School children are especially interested in participating along with their parents in this educational project. As many butterflies are born every day on this farm, you will have the opportunity to release them into nature, contributing to the repopulation of butterfly species and the maintaining of environmental equilibrium.
Rates for 2019
Rates are per guest in USD$
Each bungalow will sleep 2 in beds except #4 which sleeps 3. Upon Request, each bungalow can hold up to 2 portable cots for children under 18 except #6.
Children in cots cost 65% of normal rate.
Children under 8 years are not recommended.
- Round trip transportation via land and river to and from the lodge
- 3 meals a day
- Bottled water and juice
- All excursions of your choice
- English / Spanish speaking guide
- Flights to Iquitos
- Personal expenses
- Drinks other than bottled water and juice
- Hotel stay in Iquitos if required
Primary Gathering Place at Treehouse Lodge
First Floor Dining Area, Second Floor Relaxation Area
Surrounded by Mosquito Mesh, 40 Feet Tall with Open Atrium and Towering Roof
Amazon TreeHouse Location
Treehouse Lodge is located on the beautiful black waters of the Yarapa River - a tributary to the Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru. As there are no roads connecting Iquitos to the outside world, the only way to get there is by boat or airplane. From Iquitos, the journey to the lodge - first by car, then by boat - takes approximately 2 1/2 hours. The boat ride begins on the Marañón River, crosses the Amazon River, and continues up the Ucayali River before connecting to the Yarapa River. The lodge sits right on the Yarapa where the Cumaceba connects, making a beautiful view of the black and brown water confluence. Arriving, you will truly feel “away from it all.”
Treehouse Lodge sits on 350 acres of preserved, primary Amazon Rainforest surrounded by thousands of acres of additional protected land. Nearby is the famous Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve - one of the largest protected areas in Peru, boasting of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Iquitos is considered the capital of the Peruvian Amazon. During the 20th century, it expanded during the rubber boom, but is now known as a major river port, surrounded by 3 rivers. The area is also known for hosting the largest traditional market in the Peruvian Amazon and it’s amazing floating city that comes out during high water.
GPS Coordinates of the Lodge: 4°32'41.67"S 73°26'53.89"W
How to get to the Amazon TreeHouse
Once you get to Iquitos, Peru, you are met at the airport and transfered to the lodge. If you land later than 3:00 PM, you will need to spend one night in Iquitos. We have quality, and reasonably priced hotels to book for any needed or desired extra days in Iquitos - which is recommended to enjoy the unique jungle city.
Most flights through Lima require you to spend one night before flying to Iquitos the next day. Again, we can help you with your reservation or make a good hotel recommendation for you. For your flight from Lima to Iquitos, be sure to compare prices between LAN and Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines. LAN is the largest airline with the most options, but it can also be much more expensive.
There is only one flight per day between Iquitos and Panama City and flights are only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flying through Panama City usually requires spending a night also so be sure to let us know if we can help you with booking or recommendations.
Once in Iquitos, your journey to the lodge will consists of a car ride for about 1:30 hours. After which, we will make a quick pit stop and transfer to the Treehouse river boat. You’ll ride about 1:15 hours, first down the Marañón River, across the Amazon River, and then up the Ucayali River before connecting to the Yarapa River where Treehouse Lodge sits.
Departure flights out of Iquitos should be scheduled for the afternoon to allow time to return to Nauta by boat and back to Iquitos by road.
Amazon Treehouse VideosClick here for an overview video.
Click here for an video about recusing the video drone used for aerial photography at the Treehouse.
The Amazon Treehouse LodgeFrom the minute you get off the boat and begin your walk along the grand serpentine entrance, you will sense the uniqueness of this jungle lodge experience. Depending on the water levels, the entrance will carry you over a lagoon or the jungle floor to the heart of Treehouse Lodge’s 345 acre pristine jungle preserve.
As part of your trip, you’ll enjoy regular excursions away from the lodge to see the Amazon animals and rainforest. However, should you choose to stay close to home, you can still appreciate the wildlife that inhabit the jungle. At the lodge, you may be fortunate enough to see 5 different species of monkeys, pink and gray dolphins, sloths, macaws, parrots, and parakeets. They’re rare, but the lodge has even been visited by small native cats and jaguars! Seeing monkeys from the ground is wonderful, but watching 50 monkeys migrate through the lodge from the view of your bungalow or connecting bridges is unforgettable and thrilling.
Treehouse Lodge was designed to give it’s guests the best views of the rainforest and its native animal life. Every bungalow has a lower public platform and an upper private platform where you will stay. All guests are welcome to explore the lodge and rainforest canopy from all of the lower platforms connected by bridges.
Treehouse Lodge provides guests with 3 quality meals per day. Every meal is served in our main lodge protected from the insects and elements. When your excursion takes you away from the lodge during meal time, a packaged meal will be provided. Our world-class chef creates tasty and beautiful meals made from a combination of chicken, beef, fish, and vegetables prepared Peruvian style. Trust us, the food will exceed your expectations - especially for a restaurant in the middle of the jungle! Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do everything we can to adapt to your needs. Our kitchen is equipped with commercial, stainless steel appliances and facilities, refrigerator, and freezer. The dining area is furnished with comfortable chairs and tables, fully enclosed in mosquito mesh, with ceiling fans above to keep you cool. For your enjoyment, there is a beautiful circular bar in the middle of the lower floor. Though beverages from the bar are extra, all water and juice is included in your price. Purified water is shipped into the lodge for your health and safety.
At Treehouse Lodge, guests sleep in actual treehouses, not mere bungalows propped up on stilts in the midst of trees. To achieve this ambitious vision, we took every precaution to ensure the safety of both our guests and the trees. The main lodge, treehouses, cable bridges and stairs were engineered in the United States by a structural engineer. The bungalows are supported by connections to the tree, suspension from the branches above, and multiple steel cables to the ground. Annual inspections and adjustments are made to maintain the safety of the lodge.
Tree platforms and bridges are all built with wooden railings and, in some cases, steel cables. Bridges are equipped with foot and hand cables connected by vertical cable supports. Strong webbing is installed on the side walls of the bridges to ensure your comfort and safety. The main lodge and all bungalows are enclosed with mosquito mesh and, just to help you sleep a little better, an extra layer of mosquito mesh is placed over your bed and tucked underneath our mattress.
We invite you to come to the jungle and see animal life, but on your terms. All of your movement through the lodge will be on raised wooden platforms or cable bridges to keep you safe from the wildlife on the jungle floor. Any walking in the jungle will be done with an experienced guide.
At Treehouse Lodge, we bring in fresh, purified water for drinking and cooking to ensure the health of our guests. Most of the water used at Treehouse comes from the river. We have a 4-tank water purification system that provides water for showers, toilets, sinks, and cleaning. The first tank allows the sediment to settle. The second two tanks are for purification. The final tank sits atop a high tower for pressure. Additionally, every bungalow has it’s own purified water tank for showers, toilets, and sinks. Food is stored in a refrigerator or freezer powered by the sun, backed up by a generator.
Our goal was to build a lodge which allowed our guests to live among the animals and view the forest up close. Our hope is that every guest will return home with an increased appreciation for and commitment to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest. Treehouse Lodge was built by hand, with no heavy equipment, careful to leave the most minimal footprint possible. Every effort was made to preserve every tree and plant on the property.Treehouse Lodge is powered with sustainable principles. Solar panels collect energy throughout the day that is stored in batteries and then used in the evening to light the lodge and power the fans and electrical outlets. Minimal amounts of power are required during the day to power the freezer, refrigerator, and kitchen. We have a generator for backup purposes, but our ideal is to leave it unused. You’ll appreciate the silence of solar power when you immerse in the sounds of the jungle.
Construction of the treehouses was accomplished using onsite tree experts. Methods and techniques were learned from consultants with decades of experience who have worked building in trees and maintaining platforms and cable bridges.
When you join us at Treehouse Lodge, you will literally be coming to the beginning of the mighty Amazon River. This area is abundant with some of the most biodiversity in the world.
Five species of monkeys are often seen and heard right at the lodge. You’ll never forget the experience of 50 - 100 Squirrel Monkeys migrating across your bungalow or bridge. Many mornings you will be awakened by the eery sound of Howler Monkeys. Their sound is notorious for unnecessarily frightening visitors. Sloth, caiman, and many others are not too hard to find. We’ve even seen a small cat called Tigre swimming in the river in front of the lodge.
When you’re not looking for them, insects can be annoying, but our knowledgeable guides can fascinate the most skeptical. You’ll be amazed at their stories and how they’ve adapted to the rainforest for survival.The trees and plants of the rainforest are constantly in a fight for survival. Water is abundant so the primary battle is over sunlight. Some trees grow rapidly up to the light above the canopy by climbing up large established trees. They get larger and larger until they eventually strangle the original tree, but now they’re strong enough to stand on their own. Others live in the branches of tall trees and send down roots to the ground. Many of our modern medicines originated in the rainforest. Chew up the leaf of one plant and your lip will go numb. Smell another and it will smell just like lemon or garlic. Insects, plants, and animals often work together for survival.
Don’t go home without spending a little time at one of the local villages. You’ll be touched by the way they live their lives on the banks and rivers in the rainforest. When waters rise, they live in their homes on stilts and their only form of transportation is by canoe. They’re homes are very humble, but the kids run around and play with smiles on their faces. They’ve learned a few things about living happy lives. They miss some of the conveniences of other places in the world, but lack many of the problems.
NOTE: You are welcome to add overnights in Iquitos (there are several good hotels) before or after the Amazon rainforest tour. We also arrange day tours to such places as: Manatee Rescue Center, Quistococha Zoo, Pillpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and Animal Orphanage, Fundo Pedrito in Barrio Florido village, Belen Market, Boras Indian village, the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve and more. All our Amazon tours may be combined with other explorations in Peru.
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