5 Amazing Animals You’ll Find At Treehouse Lodge

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As an Amazon rainforest lodge, Treehouse Lodge is the perfect place to coexist with amazing and exotic jungle animals. During your stay, you’ll have the chance to see them in their natural habitat, learn about them, and take pictures of the following species.

Here’s a list of 5 amazing animals you’ll find during your vacation at the Treehouse Lodge:

1. Sloths

Although our friendly neighbor Pablo (a domesticated sloth in the Puerto Miguel village)  is the most famous sloth in the jungle, you will be able to see many more of them hanging upside down in the trees during your jungle walk excursions. Also, you can hug Pablo and take some pictures. Fact: Sloths are among the slowest-moving animals on Earth; they can swim but are virtually unable to walk.

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2. Pink Dolphins

The Amazon River is home to a variety of species, many of which you’ll experience during your time with us. One of the most impressive is the pink dolphin. This is the largest species of river dolphin, with adult males reaching 185 kilograms (408 lb) in weight and 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) in length. During your stay at our rainforest treehouse, you’ll enjoy a sunrise or a sunset with the dolphins and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can jump in and swim with them in the Amazon river.

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3. Monkeys

5 species of monkeys are often seen and heard right at our Amazon lodge in Iquitos. You’ll never forget the experience of 50 – 100 Squirrel Monkeys passing through the trees outside your treehouse or viewed from one of our canopy bridges. Many mornings you will be awakened by the eerie and notoriously frightening sound of Howler Monkeys. You can also choose to visit Monkey Island, which is one of our amazon river excursions and is home to multiple species of monkeys in the wild. On this excursion, you could see a variety of animal species, such as Wooly Monkeys and also Coati.

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4. Piranhas

Piranhas are a fascinating, integral part of ecosystems all around the Amazon River. In your trip to Treehouse Lodge you’ll have the chance, not only to see them in their natural habitat, but to learn to fish them in the style of the natives of the Amazon: armed with a wooden pole, string, hook, and meat that you will lower as bait, into the water. 

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5. Leafcutter ants

When you arrive at Treehouse Lodge you will be surprised by the variety of insects but one of the most striking are the leaf cutter ants. According to their size, ants fulfill specific roles such as defenders of the colony, caretakers of the young, gardeners, foragers and leafcutter and they also practice advanced methods of sustainable agriculture.

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As an eco-friendly hotel, Treehouse Lodge is dedicated to protecting the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Amazon. We’ve eliminated single-use plastics and we are using solar energy to power our retreat!

 

Top 7 Excursions At Treehouse Lodge

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Did you know that when you stay at Treehouse Lodge you can choose between 19 different excursions? And all of them are included in the price!

Here is a list of the top 7 excursions to choose from:

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1. Swim In The Amazon River

You’ve traveled across the planet to see the world’s greatest river: the mighty Amazon. This is your opportunity to knock out a bucket list item by going for a swim. You’ll travel down the tributaries to the main Amazon river with your private guide. If you’re lucky a dolphin or two might say hello. 



2. Fish for Piranhas

One of our most popular excursions in the treehouse hotel. Travel by boat to one of the many great piranha fishing spots. Armed with a wooden pole, string, hook, and meat, you will lower the bait into the water. When the piranhas strike (and they will!), simply lift up the pole. Once you’re done you can choose to catch-and-release, or, if you prefer, the chefs will prepare the piranha as a side dish to your nightly meal.


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3. Jungle Walk: The Giant Water Lilies of Oxbow Lagoon 

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’ll also observe the strangely interesting hoatzin, a bird feeds exclusively on poisonous plants that it can keep in its crop for several hours. Also, you will be able to spot the wattled jacana, nick-named Jesus Christ because it can walk on water. 


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4. Visit an Amazon Community

If you’re looking for a way to truly connect with the Peruvian natives, this is it. Interact with the river people who still preserve their traditions, ancient knowledge, and even language. We’ll get to explore their homes made out of wood and palm trees to see how they live. 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. You’ll have the chance to purchase their beautifully hand-crafted items made using materials found in the Amazon jungle.


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5. Sunset on the Amazon with the Dolphins

A guest favorite. We will often recommend that you enjoy this excursion on the day of your arrival at the amazon lodge. Just before dusk you will boat along the Yarapa and Ucayali rivers until you reach the Amazon proper. The world famous Pink and Gray river dolphins will start to appear near your boat while the sunset gives the perfect backdrop. 


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6. Jungle Walk: Night Monkeys, Sloths, Hoatzins, and More

Join this jungle walk to witness the only nocturnal monkey that can be spotted during the daytime. They make their homes in tree holes and, once located, can be seen sticking their heads out to take a peek. You’ll walk along a trail that runs close to an old tree where these night monkeys can be seen. On this walk there is also a chance that you can spot any of the following species: owl monkey, pygmy marmoset, monk saki, squirrel, red howler, duski titi, wooly monkey, and tamarins.


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7. Treehouse Canopy Walk

Featured by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Most Unusual Hotels in the World, Treehouse offers the incomparable experience of observing the Amazon rainforest from the treetop canopies. You’ll explore all of the canopy walkways and viewing platforms that dot the are of the Lodge. Learn about the history and architecture of the lodge while you observe wildlife from 30 – 70 feet above the jungle floor!


Visit our webpage to see more excursions.

12 Unique Treehouses to Discover in the Peruvian Amazon

When you book at Treehouse Lodge you can choose between 12 unique treehouses and all at the same price per person. This all-inclusive experience includes 3 meals per day, personal guide, Mosquito mesh netting for the beds and treehouse, multiple private daily excursions, and transportation to and from the Iquitos airport.

1. Treehouse One – Dos Ramas

TH 1 has a beautiful view of both the jungle and the beautifully designed Comedor. Entry is through a unique trap door in the floor. During high water, it stands high over a flooded lagoon, providing tranquil views of the shimmering expanse. During low water, the vegetation revives and a view of the surrounding jungle beauty is something you will enjoy daily.

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2. Treehouse Two – Laguna Vista

TH 2 is located above the seasonally flooded zone of the Yarapa River. The views from this room change dynamically depending on the water season. Either way, you will be pleased with your morning vista. This is built in a beautiful Oje tree surrounded by jungle vegetation. 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 fishermen. 

3. Treehouse Three – Rio Vista

TH 3 is the only one with a view of the Yarapa River at the Lodge. It sits 39 feet off the ground and spans approximately 19 feet in diameter. Like TH 1 and 2, this room offers distinct views you can enjoy right from your bedroom whether it be high or low water season. 

4. Treehouse Four – Casa Grande

TH 4 looks and feels like the charming home fit for the Swiss Family Robinson. A few large branches within your room make you really feel like you’re truly living in a treehouse!

5. Treehouse Five – Bamboo House

TH 5 has an exterior staircase that takes you outside the platforms and enters 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

6. Treehouse Six – Casa Alta

TH 6 towers over the jungle providing magnificent views of the surrounding rainforest. It’s 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 a clear view.

7. Treehouse Seven – Solitude

TH 7 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. As this room sits further into the jungle, it brings the sights and sounds of the wild close to home. 

8. Treehouse Eight – The Cradle

TH 8 is uniquely positioned inside numerous branches that cradle the hut comfortably in the jungle’s embrace. It makes a wonderfully natural home with welcoming branches organically integrated into the space. Standing alone, this room is ideal for those who like a little distance from their neighbors. The journey into the treehouse is as enjoyable as the stay with its own amazing private staircase that winds around the tree trunk.

9. Treehouse Nine – Serena

TH 9 is one of the largest and newest on the property and while it is not exactly on the riverbank of the Yarapa, it’s very close and you have a good view of it including the occasional fisherman or villager. It’s 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.

10. Treehouse Ten – Costa Bella

TH 10 is right on the river bank and has the best river view. This one is the only jungle 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.

11. Treehouse Eleven – Swiss Family Robinson

TH 11 is our largest Treehouse consisting of three separate rooms. It was built inside a huge Renaco tree with many beautiful meandering trunks and roots. It is able to sleep 6 guests; 2 guests on each level. 

12. Treehouse Twelve

TH 12 is the newest of the treehouses, and it’s perfect for animal viewing. It’s 70 feet off the ground and it’s the most secluded Treehouse on our property. Past Treehouse #7.

7 Facts That Make Treehouse an Eco-Friendly Lodge

We’re proud to be an almost 100%+ energy self-sufficient Amazon Lodge. Our mission is to provide a Once-In-A-Lifetime experience for each guest that stays at Treehouse. We want to ensure that you’re able to live among the Amazon animals and witness the rainforest, without adding any contamination. 

Always aware of the environmental situation—including the recent fire in the Brazilian Amazon—each aspect of the Treehouse resort in Iquitos has been designed to significantly reduce environmental impact and to be considered an Eco-Friendly Lodge that you’ll love to visit.

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A self-sustaining Amazon Eco-Friendly Lodge 

  1. Electricity. All electricity used at the jungle lodge comes from the sun. The solar power system operates all of the electrical needs of the amazon lodge including lights, fans, kitchen, refrigeration, and communication. These solar panels collect energy throughout the day that is stored in batteries and then used in the evening.

  2. Water. The water that you will drink is from an intricate rain catchment system that captures the fresh rainfall from off the top of the treehouses and then goes through a 4-step purification process. We’ve eliminated single-use plastic from the Lodge and provide each guest with a stainless steel water bottle for the duration of their stay. The water that is used for showers, toilets, sinks and cleaning is all pulled directly from the river and put through a separate 4-step purification process.

  3. Waste. Disposal of waste is done in eco-friendly septic systems.

  4. Sound. The sound of the jungle is one of its most mesmerizing features. At Treehouse you are absorbed in jungle sounds instead of the constant rumbling of a generator.

  5. Experience. The simple experience of actually just being in the Amazon rainforest can be a life changer. We want every single one of our guests to know what it’s like to spot a sloth in the wild or to see the pink river dolphins for the first time in their natural habitat. We want each guest to depart with a renewed sense of responsibility for the livelihood of the planet wherever they are from.

  6. Hand Built: 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. Construction of the Iquitos Treehouses was accomplished using onsite arborists. Methods and techniques were learned from consultants with decades of experience who have worked building in trees and maintaining platforms and cable bridges.

  7. Excursions: During your stay at the amazon eco-friendly lodge we will offer you 19 excursions that you’ll get to choose depending on your preferences. All of our excursions are built to minimize any impact on the environment and to give you a front-row seat to the flora and fauna of the Amazon.

Our hope is that every guest will return home with an increased appreciation for and commitment to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and we hope you’ll help us in our efforts to productively enjoy the beautiful rainforest habitat. Contact us for more information about traveling while helping to reduce the environmental impact.

Peruvian Food: What is Peru’s National Dish?

If you are planning a trip to Peru, you must know that Peruvian Food is one of the top reasons for which Peru is most well known. With over 400 original dishes it can be difficult to decide which one is Peru’s national dish. Through Peruvian food you will sample some of the amazing culture that you’ll find in this country. Flavors from the coast, the Amazon and the Andes will leave you wanting to come back. 

5 Peruvian dishes you must try:

1. Ceviche

It’s essentially spicy, raw fish with salt, garlic, onions, and hot Peruvian peppers, all mixed and marinated in lime. The lime denatures the protein, giving the fish a slightly cooked texture. There are many variations on the recipe; depending on the chef, your peruvian ceviche could include a touch of milk, citric juice, and many other ingredients. It is usually garnished with a slice of lettuce leaf and accompanied by canchita–kernels of corn–and sweet potato.

Most people consider peruvian ceviche as the national dish because it’s very popular and you’ll find it all over Lima and throughout the rest of Peru. From top-tier restaurants all the way to little corners in the market, you will find this classic meal. 



2. Pollo a la Brasa: Peruvian Roasted Chicken

This is one of the Peruvian favorites, there is even a designated national day in July! This is a chicken seasoned with salt and cooked in charcoal, each restaurant in Peru use a “secret” mixture, mainly consisting of vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, chili, and other spices, then grilled in specially fabricated Pollo a la Brasa ovens. It’s commonly served with thick French fries and a small salad.





3. Lomo Saltado

This dish has a unique Peruvian twist. Lomo Saltado dials up the Chinese influence on Peruvian food, known as “chifa”. This plate mix cuts of tender steak, onion, tomatoes, and aji amarillo, a flavorsome Peruvian yellow pepper, all flash-fried in soy sauce. It’s served with Peruvian rice, fries and a fried egg on top. You can try this plate in many famous restaurants including Maido and Central, two of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.





4. Anticuchos

At first, it may seem odd to try these pieces of beef heart, marinated in a blend of spices and grilled on an open fire, but once you try them, you will understand why they sell them in so many places in Lima. From the moment you smell it until you eat them, you will enjoy a unique experience and taste. 





5. Papa a la Huancaina

This is commonly served as an appetizer. Papa a la Huancai­na are boiled yellow potatoes covered with a yellow spicy and creamy cheese sauce and accompanied by hard-boiled eggs and black olives. It is so popular that you can find this sauce as a dip for everything: fried yucca, as a sauce for spaghetti or risotto, over Causa Limeña and more. 



These are just a few options for the variety of Peruvian dishes and tastes you’ll find. Try as many as you can, and don’t forget to ask for an Inca Kola, the most popular soda in this country!



6 Facts You Should Know About Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is mysterious. So much is still unknown about this Wonder of the World. But there are many details that you should know before you travel to the Lost City of the Incas.

1. How to get to Machu Picchu

The first step it’s getting to Lima, Peru. Then take a flight to Cusco, which takes a little over an hour. There are only 3 ways to get to Machu Picchu.

Train: You can purchase a round-trip train ticket from PeruRail or Inca Rail, this is the easiest way to go. in both Lima and Cusco to buy the tickets and 3 stations where you can board: Poroy, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo.

Trek: The famous Inca Trail sells out months in advance and needs to be booked through an accredited trekking company. It’s a 4-day hike that will take you past more than a half dozen Incan archaeological sites.

Car/ Trek: This might be the cheapest option, but it’s not as safe. You’ll need to arrange for transfer via car from Cusco to Santa Teresa (6-hour ride approx.), and this involves a long trek along the tracks from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes is the city at the base of the ruins. You can head directly to the mountain or to your hotel. This is a great place to spend a night. You can choose between hiking approximately 2 hours to the entrance, or taking a bus. A round trip ticket to and from Machu Picchu is about $25. It is open from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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2. What is Machu Picchu?

It’s a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. Nobody really knows the original function of Machu Picchu. Some hypothesize it was a retreat for Incan royals; others believe it was a place for the Incan virgins to live.

Machu Picchu is a Quechua word that comes from Machu which means old or ancient, and Picchu meaning mountain, therefore, is translated as Old Mountain. 

3. Huayna Picchu 

The famous jagged mountain that looms behind the “Lost City” in photos is Huayna Picchu. Each day, just 400 people are permitted to hike it, so it’s important to get your ticket with some anticipation. Hiking is the only way to get there, the hike takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.

4. Elevation

Machu Picchu (7,972′ feet) it’s lower than Cusco (11,152 feet) and is located northwest of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, down into the Amazon jungle. The elevation may cause some altitude sickness. To avoid it you could try “mate de coca“, a traditional herbal tea from Cusco, or took a pill before you arrive. Please consult with your doctor.

5. Machu Picchu Stamp

The passport-stamping station is located just to the left of the entrance to the Lost City of the Incas. You have until 5:00 pm to get the stamp. The least busy time is between 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

6. Best Time To Go 

If you are looking for the perfect photo, you should go from May to October, during Peru’s dry season. Between June and July, it’s the crowdest time because Peruvians are on vacation and “Inti Raymi“, the festival of the sun is celebrated each year on June 24.

7 Reasons To Stay At Treehouse Lodge Peru

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Have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a Treehouse?

At the Treehouse Lodge in Iquitos, Peru you can make that dream come true and have a once in a lifetime experience in the middle of the Amazon. In addition to watching unforgettable sunrises from your room high in the jungle canopy, you will experience true serenity in these treehouse vacations, disconnected from everything in the hectic screen world. Here are some more reasons to include this trip on your travel bucket list.

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1. Have your own Treehouse

Treehouse Lodge features 12 different treehouses to choose from and all at the same price per person. Whether you are planning a family trip or a romantic getaway you can find your ideal treehouse.

2. Experience Living in the Jungle

Just imagine how incredible it is to wake up surrounded by the sounds of the Amazon which is known as the lungs of the planet. In Iquitos Peru, you will visit the actual Amazon River, as opposed to a tributary, as found in other areas such as Puerto Maldonado. Our location is known as one of the most biologically diverse sections of the world, brimming with wildlife. Also, from our treehouse resort, you can enjoy experiences such as visiting a local Amazonian village and caiman spotting.

3.  Discover Incredible Wildlife

You will see the world famous pink river dolphins, but that’s just one of many species that you will spot. You can visit Monkey Island where you can see Wooly Monkeys, Coatis and more. The suspension bridges not only provide a pathway throughout the resort, they also provide a close look at all of the flora and fauna in the area. You’ll see many species of birds such as toucans, parrots, antbirds, and much more.

4. Private Guides and Tours

One of the greatest benefits of our treehouse resort is the fact that we offer  private excursions. Unlike other amazon lodges, each group in this rainforest treehouse has a dedicated guide for each group and the possibility to choose between 19 different excursion such as Piranha fishing, Breakfast with the Dolphins, Yoga retreats, Nighttime Jungle Cruises and more.

5. Disconnect

Once you arrive at the Treehouse Lodge in Iquitos get a connection with the jungle while you disconnect from your devices and forget about everything else. Take all the photos you want but do not get distracted from the wonderful moments that you’ll live in the middle of the rainforest.

6. All-Inclusive

Another benefit of this treehouse hotel is that it’s all-inclusive. A booking with us includes all of your meals, unlimited water/juice, private guide, all ground/water transportation, and all of our excursions.

7. Peruvian Food

You’ve probably heard about Peruvian dishes. Take advantage of this trip to enjoy some of the local, typical dishes of the Peruvian jungle, as well as the country at large. You will even have the option to eat some of the piranhas that you caught yourself!

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