A thousand tropical birds call the colors of the rainbow. Friendly monkeys scamper in ancient trees past low-hanging sloths through farms of butterflies. These are the sights and sounds that greet you as you walk across a jungle catwalk 70 feet high in the Amazon treetops.
You are making your way toward the Tarzan Room, built 110 feet up a mahogany tree. No, this is not the stuff of a Peter Pan adventure. Instead, it is a reality called Ariau Towers.
This boutique hotel is the brain-child of eco-visionary Dr. Francisco Ritta Bernardino and has welcomed luminaries from Bill Gates to Prince Charles. You can canoe through the flooded forest, past pink Dolphins, gasping in wonder at the ancient rainforest you are experiencing on the way.
Cultural tours and night walks let you experience the jungle for yourself. Or perhaps a spot of dangerous piranha fishing is more your thing.
Incredibly, the hotel packs 4-star luxury into this rustic setting. There are two treetop amphitheaters, banqueting facilities, and even a health club.