Amazon Treehouse Adventure
with Erika Kluthe
October 24-30, 2017
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Join yogini guide, Erika Kluthe for an amazing adventure to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest! For 7 days and 6 nights, you’ll be nestled at the confluence of the serene and protected Yarapa and Cumaceba rivers by the Pacaya Samiria Reserve near Iquitos, Peru. Your lodging for the week is literally in the treetops of the forest canopy – a perspective rarely experienced.
Each morning, wake up to monkeys and birds at eye level in this safari of animal life before you even get out of bed. Not to worry, you won’t sacrifice any of the usual comforts found on the ground. Every bungalow is equipped with showers, sinks, toilets, and clean white linens. Meals are served in the dining palapa and yoga classes in a circular common room. Each day, you’ll explore your surrounding on guided adventures – including sunset over the Amazon with dolphins, Dugout canoe trips, Jungle walks to learn about the medicinal plants of the Amazon and see the giant water lilies of Oxbow Lagoon and a visits to local village. All included!
This is a digital detox week where you will have no internet or cell service. Recalibrate with mother earth itself and let yourself be renewed by this raw and majestic nature. Erika will guid you along the way with daily meditations, yoga classes, reflections and inspirations. This is a trip of a lifetime and one you will never forget!
Your Amazon adventure starts in Iquitos, Peru where our group will be transported by shuttle and boat to our Treehouse Lodge. (please ensure you arrive no later than 2:30pm on October 24th for this transport – see “Travel and FAQ’s”). Once at the lodge, all your needs are covered. All meals (mostly vegetarian with some fish and chicken through the week), yoga classes, and excursions.
Some of the possible adventures we’ll have together:
- Sunrise and breakfast with the Amazon dolphins
- Swimming in the Amazon
- Dugout canoe trip
- Jungle Walk – Medicinal Plants of the Amazon & the giant Water Lilies of Oxbow Lagoon
- Night walk: Night Monkeys, Sloths, Hoatzins and more
- Jungle Cruise
- Early Morning Birdwatching
- visit to the Jibaro and / or Kukama communities
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Please plan to be in Iquitos, Peru by October 24th. Make sure to book your flights so that you arrive no earlier than 10:00 AM and no later than 2:30 PM and make sure your departing flight on the 30th leaves after 12 Noon. If you arrive in Iquitos after 3:00 PM, you will need to spend one night in Iquitos and we will pick you up the following morning. Some popular ones include the Samiria Jungle Hotel, the Nativa Apartments, and the Casa Morey Hotel.
Your journey to the lodge will consists of a car ride for about 1:15 hour, a quick pit stop and transfer to the Treehouse river boat. You’ll ride about 1:15 hours, first down the Marañón River, across the Amazon River, and then up the Ucayali River before connecting to the Yarapa River where Treehouse Lodge sits.
At our Lodge, guests sleep in actual treehouses, not mere treehouses propped up on stilts in the midst of trees. To achieve this ambitious vision, every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of both guests and the trees. The main lodge, treehouses, cable bridges and stairs were engineered in the United States by a structural engineer. The treehouses are supported by connections to the tree, suspension from the branches above, and multiple steel cables to the ground. Annual inspections and adjustments are made to maintain the safety of the lodge.
Tree platforms and bridges are all built with wooden railings and, in some cases, steel cables. Bridges are equipped with foot and hand cables connected by vertical cable supports. Strong webbing is installed on the side walls of the bridges to ensure your comfort and safety. The main lodge and all treehouses are enclosed with mosquito mesh and, just to help you sleep a little better, an extra layer of mosquito mesh is placed over your bed and tucked underneath your mattress.
We invite you to come to the jungle and see animal life, but on your terms. All of your movement through the lodge will be on raised wooden platforms or cable bridges to keep you safe from the wildlife on the jungle floor. Any walking in the jungle will be done with an experienced guide.
At Treehouse Lodge, we bring in fresh, purified water for drinking and cooking to ensure the health of our guests. Most of the water used at Treehouse Lodge comes from the river. We have a 4-tank water purification system that provides water for showers, toilets, sinks, and cleaning. The first tank allows the sediment to settle. The second two tanks are for purification. The final tank sits atop a high tower for pressure. Additionally, every treehouse has it’s own purified water tank for showers, toilets, and sinks.
A safe, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and walkie talkies to contact the main lodge are all provided.
Food is stored in a refrigerator or freezer powered by the sun, backed up by a generator. Solar panels power all the electrical needs of the lodge from lighting and fans to refrigeration and communication. A generator is used only on overcast days as a back-up.
One of the real benefits of staying at at this spectacular destination is that you will not have WIFI or cell service. Reconnect with yourself, fellow travelers, and the world for a couple days by putting your communication devices away.
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Medications and Vaccines
Please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru to understand the recommendations of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We recommend you schedule a visit with your doctor 4 – 6 weeks before your trip to discuss any recommended medications and vaccines. You should also discuss antimalarial medications and possibly an antibiotic in case you have any gastrointestinal problems during your trip. Some doctors will prescribe an antibiotic which will cover you for both. We also reccommed supplemental travelers medical insurance, there is a TRAVEL GUARD link on every page of this website.
Electricity in Peru and at Treehouse Lodge is 220 Volts. The plugs accept two thin rectangular prongs like those used in the US. Please check the transformers on your electronic devices to see if they can use 220 Volts. In very fine print, you will often see a description similar to 100 – 250 V. Most electronic devices like cell phone, computer, and camera chargers will work with 220 V, but please check first because you may damage your device otherwise. Some devices will require an adaptor which you should purchase before your trip. Hair dryers are particularly problematic, even with adaptors sometimes. We recommend you find a hairstyle that doesn’t require a hair dryer.
We endeavor to serve food that will meet the tastes and needs of all guests. When we can, we will give you a couple choices, but the menu is not À la carte. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. To get the current conversion ratio, into the Google search engine”convert 1 USD to PEN for US Dollars”
We recommend that you get cash from ATMs instead of converting your currency into Nuevo Soles in Peru. ATMs will generally give you the best conversion ratio. Once you get to the lodge, you will need cash for drinks, tips, and souvenirs – all other expenses are included. When you visit a local village, you will likely have the opportunity to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs.
Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
What to Bring:
- Cash (dollars or soles under $50 bills please). Once you are at the lodge any additional purchases are cash only. This includes drinks at the bar, souvenirs, tips etc… All major expenses are taken care of in advance (lodging, excursions, food, transportation), but please bring cash for incidental expenses. Consider bringing cash for tipping your guide and/or the other staff members. Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction.
- Light-weight clothing that breathes and easily sheds moisture (not cotton). Take one set of clothes for each day.
- Long pants are recommended for jungle walks and insect prevention.
- Long or short sleeve shirts. Long sleeve shirts aren’t as cool, but protect bette from insects.
- Long socks for insect prevention
- Hat for sun protection (baseball-style or wide-brimmed)
- 1 – 2 pairs of comfortable walking or hiking shoes (rubber boots are provided for some excursions)
- Insect repellent containing 20 – 30 % DEET. Many times there will be very few mosquitos and insects. Other times there will be many. Take a small bottle that you can keep in your pocket for use when needed.
- Light, inexpensive poncho or raincoat (most rain gear is less comfortable than rain because of the heat and humidity)
- Plastic bag for dirty clothes
- Camera equipment
- Dry bag or other water protection (at least a Ziploc bag)
- Flashlight (headlamps are usually best)
- Personal toiletries & personal medications
- Sandals or leisure shoes for around the lodge
- Battery powered personal fan (we have ceiling fans, but some people really enjoy a personal fan)
- Yoga mat (this property has s wood platform but no yoga supplies) we also recommend a microfiber towel that dried quickly
Erika Kluthe is a full time yoga teacher where she works as a yoga therapist both publicly and privately. She holds advanced training hours in the Pranamaya Kosha (energetic sheath) or energy body, most specifically the chakras. She teaches a form of rigorous alignment-based vinyasa with an emphasis on the energy-body: opening the body into shapes that strengthen not only the gross or physical body, but also a particular chakra or area of energetic and psychological concentration within the energy body. Her style is creative, fun, soulful, yet light-hearted. She is also fond of surprises, creative forms of dharana (single-pointed focus)/meditation, and giving away colorful river rocks. In fact, some have described her as “The Rock Painter” and her classes as “Erika Church,” as her passion for the spiritual elements within the practice are evident.
There are 10 total treehouses built into the canopy of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Varying in Height from 30 – 65″ in the air, everything is connected by cable bridges, platforms and stairs. All treehouses have 1 or 2 beds, private bathrooms, amazing views, storage and unheated water showers.
Double Occupancy: $2295 per person
Single Occupancy: $3095
INCLUDED: 7 days, 6 nights of treehouse lodging, all meals, yoga classes and group excursions
NOT INCLUDED: Flight to Iquitos, Peru, extras such as alcohol and discretionary gratuities
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($595) before June 15, 2017. No refunds after June 15, 2017. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. In case of cancellation by One Yoga Global, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Global. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate. If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through August, 2017, unless other arrangements are made.
We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.