The rainforest can be a pretty daunting place. It’s full of bugs, frogs, snakes, and other creatures that can kill you. There’s no one nearby. You could be hundreds of miles up a river from civilization. But sometimes that’s a good thing. Here are four ecolodges that will help you appreciate remote surroundings. Three are in South America. One is in Australia. They’ll all convert you into a nature lover.
Alta Floresta: Brazil has a rustic-chic hideaway in the High Forest. The secluded lodge features a 145-foot observation tower, outdoor showers, an open-air bar overlooking sculpted rock formations, and a floating deck along the Cristalino River.
Tambopata National Reserve: Peru has a luxury lodge in a private reserve. A king bed and a hammock are in your suite, traditional Peruvian stews are served for dinner, indigenous artwork hangs on the dining room’s cane walls, you can learn how to fly a drone, and you have an intense jungle massage scheduled along the Madre de Dios River.
Nuquí: Colombia has a secret vacation spot. The west coast has quiet beaches, uncrowded waves, hidden hot springs, exotic wildlife, an access point to remote Utría National Natural Park, and family-owned lodges that offer an introduction to Afro-Colombian traditions.
Mossman: Australia has hidden treehouses. The stilted rooms in Far North Queensland are made of rosewood and oak timber. Floor-to-ceiling windows have views of tropical gardens from the king beds. There are similar views from the spa tubs in the bathrooms. Sliding glass doors open onto covered verandas that are furnished with little wooden table sets, Adirondack chairs, and, most importantly, large hammocks.