What You’ll See
Over time, many animals that normally lived in the ocean like dolphins, manatee, sting ray, and crabs have adapted to the fresh waters of the Amazon. Pink and gray dolphins are frequently spotted at the confluence of rivers. We have two close by: the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali; the confluence of the Yarapa and Cumaceba. The latter is exactly where Treehouse Lodge sits.
5 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 treehouse 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.
Most people are accustomed to seeing a lot of birds. But in the Amazon Rainforest, you might see a couple colorful Macaws fly across the top of the canopy and then a flock of Parakeets or a couple Parrots a minute later. It’s also possible to see the primitive looking Hoatzin, Harpy Eagle, Horned Screamer, Toucan, and many more nearby. If fishing is your thing, try fishing for Piraña. They’re abundant in this area and are not too difficult to catch. We’ll remove the hook for you!
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.