There are so many things to do in Peru, but if you are looking for an unforgettable experience and you just got 10 days, here’s the perfect itinerary to get to know the best that Peru has to offer.
Day 1 – Welcome to Peru
To start your adventure in Peru you’ll arrive at Lima, the capital city. If you arrive in the morning you can take time to explore the most popular neighborhoods like Miraflores or Barranco, and try peruvian food like the famous Pollo a la Brasa or Ceviche.
Day 2 – Travel to Treehouse Lodge in Iquitos
This morning you should take a flight to Iquitos, the biggest city in the Peruvian Amazon. If you’ve already made your reservation, upon arrival you will be picked up by your guide who will accompany you on a 1.5 hour transfer to Nauta Port for your boat transfer on the Amazon River to Treehouse Lodge. Once there you’ll receive your first meal included in the Treehouse experience, then we recommend you to start with this excursion: “Sunset on the Amazon with the Dolphins”.
Day 3 – Treehouse Lodge Activities
At the treehouse resort we offer more than 19 excursions and tours included in your stay. The second day you must be able to enjoy between 3 and 5 excursions. You can start your day with an early morning bird watching, and then go piranha fishing or swimming in the Amazon River, and finally enjoy one of the night time excursions like caiman spotting.
Day 4 – Treehouse Lodge Activities
This will be your last night at Treehouse Lodge, so you can choose between spending the day resting in your treehouse or ask for other great excursions.
Day 5 – Fly To Cusco and meet the Sacred Valley
This morning, after breakfast, you will be transported back to the Iquitos Airport for your flight to Lima. Then you must take a flight to Cusco, once there you should rest for a while to avoid altitude sickness. Then you’ll be ready to start exploring the ancient capital of the Incas. We offer you the option to stay at Hacienda Urubamba, one of the most incredible hotels in the whole country located in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
Day 6 – The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is often a favorite experience on a trip to Peru. You will be able to observe llamas and alpacas at the Awana Kancha llama reserve, as well as observe local Andean women making textiles. Then, you can observe the world famous Pisac artisan market and Pisac archaeological site. Also, you can get to Ollantaytambo: the Living Inca City, one of the most stunning sites in Peru.
Day 7 – Chinchero/Moray and Train to Machu Picchu
We recommend you start this day observing the incredible colonial Andean town of Chinchero. A local Andean woman will tell you about life in the Andes and show you how they dye and produce textiles by hand. Also you can have lunch and a tour of the archaeological site of Chinchero, where you will visit the incredible circular Incan ruins of Moray that looks down over the Sacred Valley and up to glacier-covered mountains.
Following those tour activities, you will board your train to Machu Picchu. Known as one of the top 5 train rides in the world, you will get to observe the change in scenery from high Andes to the cloud rainforest. You’ll arrive at Aguas Calientes, the base city of Machu Picchu where you will spend the night. Don’t miss the chance to try some traditional peruvian dishes and drinks!
Day 8 – Machu Picchu
Explore the ruins and enjoy the incredible views of the Lost City of the Incas. When ready, enjoy a private 2.5 hour tour of the entire city. If you booked the Huayna Picchu hike, then you will enjoy that hike at some point during your morning at Machu Picchu. In the late afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes to relax and recount the day’s adventures.
Day 9 – Return to Cusco + Tour of Cusco
This morning you must return to Cusco to explore the most incredible sites that this place has to offer, including the world famous Saqsayhuaman fortress ruins high above the city, the Qorikancha Incan Temple of the Sun, and the Main Plaza de Armas, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 10 – Free day in Cusco + Fly to Lima + Await Intl. Departure
This is your last day to enjoy one of the most historic, scenic, and interesting cities in the world. Take a time to visit popular scenic spots like San Blas Neighborhood and to visit some popular restaurants like Morena Peruvian Kitchen. Then, you must take your flight to Lima. Depending on your departure you can spend your remaining hours experiencing great food, culture, and ocean views, until it is time for your return flight home.
One of the most exciting things about a trip to the Peruvian Amazon is the wide range of adventures you can find there. Especially in Iquitos, the largest city in Peru inaccessible by car, and the only area where it is possible to visit the actual Amazon river and not a tributary.
Here are the top 10 adventures you must do on your next trip to Peru
1. Swim in the Amazon River
If you consider yourself adventurous, then put this at #1 in your bucket list for Peru. The Amazon river is the largest river in the world, spans over 4,000 miles and crosses the entire continent of South America. You’ll start the journey on a boat until your guide tells you when it is the perfect moment to take a refreshing dip.
2. Go piranha fishing
This is one of the most popular amazon river excursions. You’ll travel by boat to one of the many great piranha fishing spots in the area. All you need is a wooden pole, string, hook, and some meat to lower the bait into the water and wait for the piranhas to bite. Good luck!
3. Visit Monkey Island
Preserving the ecosystem of the Amazon’s flora and fauna has become one of the most important priorities to the people of the Amazon. Monkey Island is a family-run sanctuary for New World monkeys. They rescue monkeys, rehabilitate them and then release them back into the wild, there you will see monkeys running freely in their natural habitat. You’ll see a lot of species, such as Wooly Monkeys and Coati.
4. Float through the Giant Lily Pads
The Oxbow Lagoon hosts many species of aquatic plants such as the giant water lily pads. These plants 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.
5. Nighttime Jungle Cruise
In this excursion you will travel along the river, looking for wildlife with flashlights. You will see creatures like colored frogs resting on the floating plants on the edges of the creeks. Also, you will see fishing bats and 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.
6. Bird Watching
In the Peruvian Amazon more than 600 species of birds. 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. Actually, there are well over 1,700 registered bird species in Peru—hundreds of them in the Amazon rainforest—and new species are discovered each year.
7. Visit an Amazon Community
Peruvian culture is one of the most interesting things about this country. During your travel to Peru you must visit an Amazon community and interact with the river people who still preserve their traditions, ancient knowledge, and even language. You 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.
8. Swim with Pink Dolphins
The Amazon river dolphin, also known as the pink river dolphin, lives only in freshwater. During your time in the Peruvian Amazon the world famous Pink and Gray river dolphins will start to appear near your boat while the sunset gives the perfect backdrop, or you can choose to start your morning in the river and see them during their morning feeding.
9. Medicinal Plants of the Amazon
The Peruvian 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 and more. 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.
10. Treehouse Canopy Walk
This is a special excursion that Treehouse Lodge offers, the incomparable experience of observing the Amazon rainforest from the treetop canopies. On this excursion you will explore all of the canopy walkways and viewing platforms that dot the area of our ecolodge. Learn about the history and architecture of the lodge while you observe wildlife from 30 – 70 feet above the jungle floor.
When you hear Peru, you probably think Machu Picchu. Or Peruvian Food. Or maybe even the Amazon? Regardless… there’s a lot of other interesting things that you’ll find. Peru has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a trip to observe the most famous Inca ruins, to complete a challenging hike, visit a unique colonial city or even go to the beach, Peru is the perfect place.
What should I see when visiting Peru?
1. Machu Picchu, Cusco
Even if this is the most popular place in Peru, it’s definitely a required bucket list trip. Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and is considered an UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
To get to Machu Picchu you’ll have to go to Cusco first and take a train to Aguas Calientes, the city at the base of Machu Picchu. Then you’ll have to choose between taking the bus or trekking to the top of the mountain, once there just enjoy the view and all of that Incan energy.
2. Treehouse Lodge, Iquitos
Iquitos is the capital of Loreto, the biggest state in Peru, and is the birthplace of the mighty Amazon River. In Iquitos you’ll find many excursions and tours where you’ll experience the magic of the jungle. Also, you’ll learn about the Peruvian native culture and may visit traditional places like Belen or the Monkey Island.
If you are looking for a unique place in Iquitos, you must consider one of our 12 unique treehouses in the middle of the jungle, as your next hotel room. Treehouse Lodge offers you a once in a lifetime experience including all the amazon river excursions, 3 meals per day, private guide and transportation from the airport to our ecolodge.
3. Lago Titicaca, Puno
The Titicaca lake (Lago Titicaca) is the largest lake in South America, it’s located in Puno, the capital of Juliaca, in the Peruvian Andes. Above the blue waters of Lake Titicaca you’ll see the Uros Islands. These man-made reed islands are the home of over 100 families and keep the most of their traditions and ancient knowledge.
Your travel through this beautiful lake can be complemented with a visit to Taquile Island, where you can spend a night in a local’s home and learn everything about the island’s long tradition of weaving.
4. Mancora, Piura
If you are looking for a beach destination in South America, Mancora is an ideal choice. This beach is in Piura, in the north of Peru. Mancora has one of the most popular beaches, and is well-known as a great place for surfing.
At this beach, you must try some traditional Peruvian dishes. Northern Peru has some of the best to offer! Also, you should note that Mancora has acquired a reputation as an incredible place to party and meet people from all over the world.
5. Rainbow Mountain, Cusco
A few years ago the Rainbow Mountain in Cusco was discovered and has since blown-up in popularity and now it’s becoming the second most visited site in Peru after Machu Picchu. This place is also known as Vinicunca, Winikunka, Montaña de Siete Colores, and Montaña de Colores.
To get there you need to take a tour from the main city of Cusco, a car will take you to Qesoyuno and there you’ll start the trek. It takes between 2 and 4 hours to get to the top, on the way to the top you’ll enjoy amazing views of snow-capped high-altitude Andes Mountains, wild llamas and alpacas, and of course the world-famous red rock scenery.
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What better way to start your life together than with a once in a lifetime experience in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon? Make your honeymoon unforgettable at Treehouse Lodge by choosing one of our 12 treehouses for you and your loved one to discover the magic of the amazon jungle.
Why you should choose the Amazon as your honeymoon destination:
1. Unique destination
Did you know that the Amazon has been named as one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature because it’s the world’s largest tropical rainforest and the most biodiverse as well? At Treehouse Lodge you’ll experience sleeping in an actual treehouse equipped with showers, sinks, toilets, and clean white linens. The bungalows range from 36 ft to 67 ft, all joined by secure walkways and platforms for excellent wildlife spotting opportunities with your partner. Also, this treehouse resort has been considered one of the 10 most unusual hotels in the world by National Geographic.
2. Flexible Itineraries
One of the best things about choosing the Amazon rainforest as your honeymoon destination it’s you’ll never get bored because of the variety of activities and tours you’ll find there. At Treehouse lodge you can choose more than 15 excursions. From swimming in the Amazon river with your partner, to stargazing on a nighttime river cruise, or just relaxing with an unforgettable view from the treetop canopy, Treehouse Lodge is the perfect venue to start your adventure together.
3. Amazing photos
The Peruvian Amazon is full of unique picture-perfect romantic moments and incredible spots to keep your experience as a memory in a photo, or to share it on social media.
The last thing you want to have to do on your honeymoon is worry about the logistics of a trip in the Amazonian rainforest. At Treehouse Lodge you will have an all-inclusive experience. From the excursions, private guides, private boat drivers, transportation, and of course to all of your meals. Speaking of food, your meals at Treehouse Lodge feature the world-famous Peruvian cuisine which will surely be a memorable part of your Honeymoon stay.
5. Romance Package
The ultimate Treehouse Lodge romance package is the best option if you are looking for the perfect romantic getaway, whether you’re planning your honeymoon, celebrating your anniversary, renewing vows or even your wedding. Now, we can offer you a special romance package that includes a decorated area of the lodge, 1 Bottle of Wine, Pablo the Sloth as a witness (when available, not guaranteed), a professional photo package and more. Visit our site for more details!
If you are looking for Iquitos as your next destination, Treehouse Lodge has the best travel tips to help you make the most of your travel to the Peruvian Amazon.
Iquitos: 10 Facts that make it a unique destination
1. Native Culture
If you want to truly experience the Peruvian native culture, Iquitos is the perfect place. Visit an Amazon community and interact with the river people who still preserve their traditions, ancient knowledge, and even language.
They are skillful craft makers. Consider purchasing some locally made handicrafts, the perfect Amazonian souvenir.
2. Flora and fauna of the Amazon
Iquitos is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Over time, many animals that normally lived in the ocean like dolphins and manatees have adapted to the fresh waters of the Amazon. Pink and gray dolphins are frequently spotted at the confluence of rivers. Also there are thousands of species of birds, monkeys, sloths and more.
3. The Iron House of Iquitos (La Casa de Fierro)
Located just off the main Plaza de Armas of Iquitos is the Iron House of Iquitos. Widely considered the finest samples of Civil Architecture in Peru, it’s one of the top-visited sites. It now features a restaurant on the second floor, overlooking the plaza.
One famous myth states that the origin of the Iron House began in France from a certain architect named Eiffel.
4. Outdoor activities: Excursions and Tours
There are a lot of things to do in Iquitos. The main attractions are the Amazon River excursions, fishing for piranhas, swimming or kayaking in the river. Visiting the Amazonian communities or going to the Belen Market are also popular as well.
Staying at the Treehouse Lodge is one of the most unique experiences on the planet. Our all-inclusive lodge has 12 unique treehouses in the middle of the jungle. Stay with us and you’ll see the rainforest from an entirely new perspective that most visitors never experience… the treetop canopy.
6. The Amazon River
Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and has direct access to the mighty Amazon River.
7. The weather
Iquitos experiences a tropical climate with an average daily temperature of 30 – 32°C (86 – 90°F) and then cooler nights of 20 – 22°C (68 – 72°F). December – May brings high-water followed by the low-water season that spans from June – November.
8. Monkey Island
Monkey Island is absolutely packed full of monkeys, with nine different species roaming freely throughout the 200-hectare area. You could see a variety of monkeys, such as Wooly Monkeys and also Coati.
9. Medicinal Plants of the Amazon
The Amazon rainforest is like a green pharmacy. You can find forest medicines for headaches, stomachaches, hernias– even for diabetes. A lot of people look for Ayahuasca retreats but it’s important to do good research first.
10. Peruvian Food
Trying some Peruvian dishes is a must in your Iquitos to-do list. For example, Juane, a mixture of rice and herbs that cradles chicken pieces and is wrapped in banana leaves. Plantains are also a popular addition to many dishes like Pollo a la Brasa and the famous Tacacho which is plaintain mixed with fried egg and ham.
Join us to the 3rd Annual Taricaya Turtles release at Treehouse Lodge
The new year will begin with a special event: the release of a new generation of baby Taricaya Turtles into their habitat in Iquitos, Peru!
As an Eco-Friendly hotel, Treehouse Lodge proudly supports the Turtle Preservation Project in Peru. Taricaya turtles were in abundance along the Amazon but due to development and logging their population has declined. 2020 it’s going to be the 3rd year that we are supporting this great project, as a combined effort to help preserve the Taricaya and their place in the Amazonian ecosystem.
These Taricaya turtles are found in tributaries and large lakes of South America’s Amazon Basin. Their average life span is 60 to 70 years. They can grow up to 45 cm long and weigh up to 8 kg. Taricaya can be recognized by a black or brown oval carapace with low keels on the second and third scutes.
Due to illegal egg poaching, these tiny turtles have become an endangered species. The involvement in wildlife conservation is an important part of our vision and allows us to safeguard the environment. With guidance from the Treehouse Lodge team, all of our guests in the two first weeks of January will have the opportunity to participate directly in this important wildlife conservation project.
(From January 1st to 15th)
Don’t lose the chance to enjoy all of our Amazon river excursions included in the experience of staying at Treehouse Lodge.
Join us in January to release a baby turtle. We look forward to helping to nurture the next generation of Taricaya babies!
Although the photos of our Treehouses are stunning and shared across social media all over the world, the true beauty of Treehouse Lodge is from the inside looking out. Check out this blog to get to know the interior of each of our 12 treehouses, located in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
Check out the interior of our 12 treehouses:
Treehouse 1 – Dos Ramas
Treehouse one has a beautiful view of both the jungle and the towering Comedor. It’s the closest to the main lodge. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). It sits 36 feet off the ground and diameter of 17 feet.
Treehouse 2 – Laguna Vista
Treehouse Two is located above the seasonally flooded zone of the Yarapa River. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). It sits 38 feet off the ground and diameter of 16 feet.
Treehouse 3 – Laguna Vista
Treehouse Three is the only treehouse with a view of the Yarapa River. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). It sits 39 feet off the ground and spans approximately 19 feet in diameter.
Treehouse 4 – Casa Grande
Treehouse Four looks and feels like the charming home fit for the Swiss Family Robinson. Sleeps up to 5 people (one king bed and one twin or three twins). It sites 34 feet off the ground and diameter of 22 feet.
Treehouse 5 – Bamboo House
Treehouse Five 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. It sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). And it sites 39 feet off the ground and a Diameter of 17 feet.
Treehouse 6 – Casa Alta
Treehouse Six towers over the jungle providing magnificent views of the surrounding Amazon rainforest. Sleeps up to 2 people (two twin beds). It sites 67 feet off the ground and diameter of 15 feet.
Treehouse 7 – Solitude
Treehouse Seven stands tall and provides a beautiful, secluded home nestled amongst the trees, it’s the deepest into the jungle. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). It sits 65 feet off the ground and diameter of 18 feet.
Treehouse 8 – The Cradle
Treehouse Eight is uniquely positioned inside numerous branches that cradle the hut comfortably in the jungle’s embrace. It’s the most secluded one. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). It sits 60 feet off the ground and Diameter of 18 feet.
Treehouse 9 – Serena
Treehouse Nine is one of the largest and newest treehouses. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). It sits 40 feet off the ground and diameter of 20 feet.
Treehouse 10 – Costa Bella
Treehouse Ten is right on the river bank and has the best river view and has a balcony. Sleeps up to 3 people (one king bed or two twins). Sits 53 feet off the ground and diameter of 18 feet.
Treehouse Eleven is our largest Treehouse consisting of three separate rooms. It’s made up of three smaller treehouses and sleeps up to 6 people (three queen beds). It sits 45 feet off the ground.
Treehouse Twelve is our newest treehouse, and perfect for animal viewing. It’s the most secluded Treehouse on our property past Treehouse #7. Sleeps up to 2 people (one king bed or two twins). It sites 70 feet off the ground.
For more details about treehouses and excursions in the Peruvian Amazon visit our site.
If you are planning your next vacation to Treehouse Lodge, you are probably wondering when is the best time to visit the amazon ecolodge. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter – Treehouse Lodge remains an ideal vacation retreat year-round.
December trough May brings high-water followed by the low-water season that spans June – November. In planning your trip, you will want to take into consideration the type of Amazon experience you prefer for your treehouse vacations.
High Water vs. Low Water at Treehouse Lodge
High Water: Typically December through May
Rivers are about 20 – 25 feet higher.
More waterways are navigable by canoe for animal and forest viewing in lakes and streams.
More rain but generally not bad at all. Rain occurs frequently in low season too.
A few degrees cooler.
There tends to be a few more mosquitos, but that’s not an absolute and they can be found year around.
3 of the treehouses are in the flooded area between the river and the main lodge which makes a beautiful scene. The cable bridges easily carry you above the water.
The amazon rainforest is usually its lushest and some would say most beautiful.
More pink dolphins can be found directly in the front of the treehouse hotel, but they can easily be seen year around not far from the lodge.
Low Water: Typically June through November
Rivers are about 20 – 25 feet lower.
More jungle paths are exposed for walking excursions.
Travel to some areas requires a little walking instead of only canoe.
A few degrees warmer.
There tends to be fewer mosquitos, but that’s not an absolute.
The Treehouse Lodge Blog
Welcome to the Treehouse Lodge Blog. We love Peru and want to share our knowledge of the country with you. Here you will find Peruvian travel tips, beautiful pictures, and highlights of the country. If you are headed to Peru, consider sleeping in one of our Treehouses.