Editor’s note: NHA travel writer Jayme Otto reports from her experiences on our Amazon and Machu Picchu departure in October 2010.

Amazon Jungle treehouse - natural habitat adventures

Treehouses in the Amazon give you a lofty, canopy-eye view of the jungle below.

For a truly memorable rainforest experience in the Peruvian Amazon, stay in the Inkaterra Canopy Tree House. Built on a private platform 90 feet above the forest floor, the secluded tree house requires a 25-minute jungle hike from Inkaterra’s Reserva Amazonica eco lodge, a climb up a 10-flight wooden staircase, and a traverse across a walkway suspended between two trees. Not for the faint of heart, but well appointed for the romantic, the tree house adjoins a six-platform canopy walk, making for a surreal evening stroll. Dinner is served at sunset on an open-air patio, where you sip wine while watching toucans and macaws settling in for the evening.

Shrouded in secrecy, the tree house does not accept international reservations by phone. You have to be physically present in Peru, and a guest of Reserva Amazonica to secure the tree house, available for a $300 upgrade fee on a first-come-first -serve basis. The fact that the tree house was opened just last year and is not advertised plays in your favor.

Cheers in the amazon, natural habitat adventures jayme otto

Carolyn and Michael Kordsmeier of Florida offer cheers to the start of a great Amazon jungle adventure!

The upgrade fee includes a butler, who spends the night in a room set far below the tree house, a naturalist for rainforest hikes, dinner and drinks, and breakfast. Jaguar sightings not included, but if you here a rustling below around 2:00 a.m., chances are good that a very big cat is creeping by.