What We Love
- An eco-friendly stay high in the Amazon rainforest canopy, with breakfast, lunch and dinnerSleeping in the tops of the same trees that house monkeys and tropical birds
- Savoring the hearty, nourishing Peruvian fare served up at the main lodge
- Opting to take an excursion to see Amazonian plant life and wildlife, like macaws or pink dolphins
What To Know
- Treehouse One (Dos Ramas) is closest to the main lodge while Treehouse Eight (The Cradle) is the most secluded
- Five different monkey species have been seen around the retreat; you'll likely catch sight of squirrel or howler monkeys on your treehouse bridge
- Treehouses are enclosed in mosquito mesh and indoors you'll find a safe, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and walkie talkie should you need to contact the main lodge
On the black waters of the Yarapa River in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon sits Treehouse Lodge, a 345-acre rainforest preserve. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning jungle habitat boasts unparalleled access to the wonders of nature, with its unique lodgings set high in the canopy. Between the primary-growth rainforest and the hotel’s eco-friendly measures, such as using solar power to self-generate electricity, this stretch of tropical land is essentially untouched.
During your stay, you’ll benefit from unforgettable excursions to appreciate the local plant life and wildlife, although there’s more than enough nature to go around on the property itself. On the premises, you’re likely to see five species of monkeys, colorful macaws and parakeets and, if you venture to where the Yarapa meets the Ucayali River, even a pink dolphin. If it sounds extraordinary, it is – here in this beautiful stretch of the rainforest, extraordinary is perfectly normal.
Good to know
The hotel is committed to making its setting comfortable for all its guests. Staff will transport your luggage to and from your Treehouse, and paths are lit at night to ensure a safe walk to and from the lodge. Mosquito netting protects every bed.
Consistent with the property’s eco-friendliness, showers feature only cool water.
Treehouses are breathtaking structures, set high in the trees in the middle of the jungle. You’ll find them equipped with fresh, white linens, a sink, a toilet and a shower, plus comfortable and tropical-inspired furniture, including one king or two twin beds. The showers only supply cool water, but after a day of adventure you’re sure to enjoy the refreshment. A fine layer of mosquito mesh around the Treehouse and every bed allows you to appreciate nature without distraction.
Enjoy three Peruvian meals a day at the Main Lodge, which provides shelter from the insects and the elements. Inventive dishes of protein and vegetables will nourish and satisfy you during your stay.
Set on the Yarapa River, a tributary to the Amazon River, Treehouse Lodge is an Amazonian sanctuary. It has 345 acres of preserved Amazon rainforest to its name, plus protected land surrounding it, so you’ll feel completely immersed in an untouched portion of primary rainforest. Treehouse Lodge is also located near Iquitos, Peru, considered the capital of the Peruvian Amazon. Here, you’ll find the largest traditional market in the region, plus incredible biodiversity at every turn.
How to Get There
The Treehouse Lodge offers 10 leaf-thatched casitas perched high in giant ironwood trees, overlooking the Amazon. The treehouse has its own electricity, sink, toilet, shower. The mosquito-net draped bed looked like a casbah. Went to sleep and woke up to birdsong and intriguing jungle “chatter.”
Our treehouse was a 7-minute walk from the main lodge, over an elevated boardwalk, up narrow stairs, and across two cable-and-wood-plank swinging bridges.
Our Amazon Treehouse Lodge experience included meals, a guide, and a motorboat with driver/helper. Guests can choose from among jungle walks and boating expeditions to learn more about flora and fauna; a visit to a local village where you can meet and hold a 140 kg anaconda or cuddle a sloth; a piranha fishing expedition, followed by piranha for dinner; and a blow-dart making and shooting lesson. Afterwards, you can take your own blow darts home (make sure your checked bag is large enough to accommodate them—they’re the real thing).
Our guide, Marden, grew up in the area and knew all about the jungle, as did our driver, Roger. They spotted birds, monkeys, sloths, bats, snakes, fish, river dolphins, iguanas, ants, termites, and more—when all we could see was green jungle.
Best parts: the treehouse and the guides!
It's expensive, but still maintains a rustic look and feel, which we were looking for.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights and 3 days in June 2018. Sorry that it has taken until now to write a review, as it is by no means a reflection on how truly outstanding this place is.
Having never been to the Amazon before, this was an amazing way to cram as much as we could into a relatively short space of time. After an effortless pick up from the airport in Iquitos, we met our guide and were transported to the lodge via car and boat. All in all, it took us about 2 hours from what I remember, so best anticipate it isn't the shortest journey there. On arrival, we received a cooling drink and relaxed in their communal bar/restaurant area until our treehouse was ready (they have an area with hammocks upstairs). Our treehouse (no. 8 - the cradle) was just as amazing as we had hoped; a wrap around staircase takes you from the wooden walkway up to the secluded treehouse where it's just you and the surrounding sounds of the jungle. Simple amazing.
The food was good, however, I think if we were fussier with food choices we would've struggled because I think there was only really ever 1 option unless you had dietary requirements. The staff in the restaurant are so friendly and cheery as well so it was also lovely dining there throughout the day.
Our guide, Edgar, was great too. His flexibility meant we managed to do a lot of things we wanted to do and his knowledge was endless; there isn't a question he couldn't answer when seeing wildlife or when we went on a medical plants walk. What I will say is great about the lodge is that your guide is allocated to you for your entire stay, so it's just your party and them which means you can really do the activities that you want to do and have a personalised experience.
I could probably go on all day about our experience at the Treehouse Lodge, but what I will say is that if you're thinking about going, 100% go. You won't regret it.
The Treehouse Lodge was incredible! Everything about the experience exceeded my expectations. Beginning with reservations the communication was quick and efficient. My guide, Willy made sure I was able to do and see everything I wanted. My boat driver Renardo was with us the whole time and did a great job as well. Enrique the lodge manager checked in with me at least once a day. The food was awesome. My treehouse (#10) was perfect. I got up every morning and watched the pink dolphins in the river and all the birds in the trees.
I can’t say enough great things about this place, I hope I have a chance some day to go back!
I loved my 3 night stay at the Treehouse Lodge. The treehouse was beautiful and comfortable, going to sleep to the sounds of the forest was amazing. The food there (which is included in the price) is of a very high standard considering the location, the only exception being breakfast which I thought could have been better. The staff are mostly very warm and friendly, particularly the manager and the guides. The excursions were fun and interesting, and my guide Oscar and boat driver Roger were excellent at spotting wildlife, and both made lots of effort to give me a great experience. We saw sloths, monkeys, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, giant toads, dolphins, possums, caimans, piranhas and lots of bird life. The chef at the lodge cooked one of the piranhas I caught for my lunch, it was delicious. The common area has wifi and some very relaxing hammocks.
Only a few negatives, I didn’t expect after spending so much money on this “all included” experience that I would be expected to tip my guide or anyone else, but there is an expectation I believe to tip at least your guide and boat driver. So bring some extra cash. I tipped US$70 for my guide / US$40 for my boat driver.
Each treehouse has a radio device to make contact with the manager should you need to. I had a huge tarantula on the tree in my treehouse (they apparently can’t kill you!) which I don’t think is common and I radioed for someone to come get it out but no one answered. I had to walk all the way back to the common area to talk to someone about it. By the time I returned to my room the spider was nowhere to be found.
On another occasion I used it to ask for some more water to be brought to my room, again no response. It was working as another guest heard me on the same frequency. I think if they offer this device the manager should constantly have their radio with them just in case of emergency.
The treehouses are pretty well enclosed by flyscreens, so you don’t get many bugs but in the Amazon you can expect a few insects to get in. The staff light mosquito coils (repellent insence) in your room in the afternoon to keep mosquitos away which is good.
Treehouse 10 where I stayed is close to the river which was lovely, except the loud fishing boat motors would wake me at dawn every day when the fishermen would go past at the start of their day. Bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper and in treehouse 10. It wasn’t the most relaxing way to wake up when all you want is peace and tranquility. If you want that, get a treehouse set back into the forest and not close to the river.
Overall I loved my experience, it was one of the highlights of my 5 weeks in South America.
This place was awesome! Recently spent 4 nights here, can't say enough about how great experience was. Treehouse was great, clean, mostly bug free, cold shower that I used 3 times a day to cool off. Stayed in #8 which was one of the more remote treehouses, able to close the front shades and keep the back ones open, like having the jungle as my backyard. A couple of mornings a group of squirrel monkeys commuted through the trees 20 - 30 feet from my treehouse. Spending my down time in the treehouse with my feet up on a tree branch, watching and listening to the jungle was extremely relaxing.
Excursions were mostly great, saw a number of monkeys, snakes, sloths, tarantulas, caimans and other animals, went piranha fishing a couple of times, swam in the main Amazon and got to see dolphins playing around as well as a spectacular sunset, learned about the medicinal uses of the trees and plants and visited a nearby village where I was able to hang out with some of the local's interesting pets! Pepe, my guide for the time I was there, was very friendly, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
The food provided by the lodge far exceeded my expectations, everything was delicious. Martin told you about each dish, lunches included appetizers and an entre, dinners the same but also a dessert. Breakfasts were all also very good!
Overall my experience at Treehouse Lodge was one of the best of my life and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to spend time in the Amazon.