The Treehouse Lodge: Expert Review
Expert Advice: Treehouse Lodge Review
Travellers to the rainforest often ask, “What’s better an Amazon cruise or a lodge?” I’ve been lucky to experience both last year with Rainforest Cruises during my trip to the Peruvian jungle on the Delfin I Amazon cruise and a one-night stay at the Treehouse Lodge. Both were an unforgettable way to see the Amazon rainforest, imagine: skiff excursions into the depths of a mirror-like jungle (the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve), watching a pack of monkeys migrate past your bungalow, tasting delicious gourmet meals made from traditional amazonian ingredients, all while relaxing in comfortable accommodations surrounded by the jungle.
Arriving to the Treehouse Lodge
I ended my trip to the Peruvian Amazon on a very high note, quite literally, at the Treehouse Lodge. I was picked up by the Treehouse Lodge staff just as I was finishing my Delfin I Amazon cruise. About 45 minutes later by boat, I arrived to the serene Yarapa and Cumaceba Rivers, where the Treehouse Lodge is located. I was immediately greeted with a cold passion fruit refreshment while my luggage was being taken up to my bungalow. I was given a tour of the main bungalow, which connects all the bungalows by wooden pathways and canopy bridges. The first floor serves as the dining room by day, and bar area by night. The second floor of the main Treehouse bungalow is a lounge area, where guests can read a book, write in journals or look through photos while being completely surrounded by the vast jungle. As we proceeded to walk to my bungalow from the second floor, I saw the connecting canopy bridges between treetops and thought, how am I going to get up there?
Treehouse Lodge Luxury Accommodations
The walk to my Treehouse cabin was just as expected, adventurous with a spectacular view of the rainforest canopy. After crossing a few suspended bridges, I climbed up the steps to my bungalow, pushed open the trapdoor, and was surprised to see such a fully-furnished comfortable accommodation in the middle of the jungle with a spacious bathroom, fresh linens, comfortable bed with mosquito netting and even a bedside table and chair. No hot water is available, but after a sweaty day in the jungle, there is nothing more refreshing than a cool shower. The Treehouse lodge has 8 bungalow suites, I had the chance to take a look at all of them, even the highest at 67 feet in the air (beautiful panoramic view of the jungle, but it’s quite the hike to get to). My bungalow was one of the lower ones, at 36 ft up. Personally this room was just enough for me to enjoy the view of the Amazon rainforest without getting too nervous of the height! After I spent some time settling in and getting comfortable, I suddenly heard branches hitting my bungalow. Immediately I looked out my window and saw a pack of squirrel monkeys migrating past, this was one of my favourite moments of my jungle trip.
Treehouse Lodge Amazonian Food
From breakfast to dinner, the Treehouse Lodge surprised me with the variety, quality and presentation of their meals. Special dietary requests were catered to and meal requests were taken directly to the kitchen. A vegan couple was staying at the Treehouse Lodge while I was there and they were very happy with the meals they were receiving, always feeling full and satisfied. Another couple asked to try a specific amazonian dish in the afternoon, and the chef added the dish to the evening meal. Lunch and dinner were 3 course meals: appetizer, main course and dessert. Main dishes varied from fresh fish, roasted meats and typical amazonian vegetables and fruits. At an additional cost, I sipped away on a delicious pisco sour before heading to bed.
Treehouse Lodge Excursions
I stayed at the Treehouse Lodge for only one night, so I wanted to make the most of the experience and participate in as many jungle excursions as I could. There are 3 daily excursions that vary depending on the season and weather conditions. Birdwatching, wildlife treks, Amazon community visits, piranha fishing and night walks are just some of the excursions offered. I could only make it to one excursion, but luckily it was a longer one with varying activities. We took a skiff and boated into the creeks and streams of the jungle looking out for wildlife in the treetops. After about 45 minutes, we pulled over to do a jungle trek. Like all the staff at the Treehouse Lodge, our guide was just fantastic and very knowledgable of the flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle and helped us spot most the jungle’s highlights: birds, monkeys, rubber trees, fruits, frogs, giant water lilies and much more. On our way back, one of the couples wanted to take a plunge into the water to cool off. Just as the sun was setting, we stopped the skiff and enjoyed the refreshing Amazon waters (I opted out with diving in, but enjoyed the setting sun from the boat).
Personal Notes & Recommendations:
• Bring a flash light, the power shuts off at 10:30pm each night. You might need the extra light to locate something in your cabin, or to walk across the suspended bridges at night.
• Expect to be out of touch, signal is very limited. There is one spot at the Treehouse Lodge where you can get connected to a phone signal, but it doesn’t last very long.
• Let the staff know in advance if you have a diet restriction, they are very good to accommodate your dietary needs and preferences.
• Be prepared to experience two different worlds, the jungle during the day and the jungle at night.
• The jungle at night might be scary at first, but you’ll quickly get used to the jungle sounds. Use your mosquito net that’s provided!
• If you are afraid of heights or find it uncomfortable to climb up many steps, ask for the lower bungalows.
• If you want to skip out on a certain jungle excursion, bring a book or journal up to the second floor of the main bungalow and enjoy the panoramic view.
• Look out for wildlife from your bungalow in the early mornings and late afternoons!
Overall, I would highly recommend the Treehouse Lodge to everyone and encourage all Amazon cruise guests to experience at least one night at the lodge. It’s such a unique experience that can be easily accommodated to any Peruvian Amazon cruise. With 90% of the Amazon’s wildlife living in the canopies of the jungle, there is no better way to immerse yourself for the full rainforest experience. Contact us for more information about the Treehouse Lodge in Peru.
(Expert Review Written By: Pats Krysiak)