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23 Treehouses And Bungalows That Are Made For All Nature-Lovers

Having a slumber party in a treehouse may sound like an activity for only kids, but Airbnb has made this accessible to adults too. From treehouses to wooden cabins and cozy bungalows, here are some Airbnb homes across Latin America that will put you right in the middle of nature.

1. Sacred Geome Treehouse

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This treehouse is located in Montezuma, Costa Rica. The geometric shaped treehouse can be booked for only $72 per night, offering one bedroom and one and a half baths. If you’re looking for a relaxing escape from technology and the city, this is definitely the place to be.

2. Treehouse, Manuel Antonio

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This treehouse is also located in Costa Rica, but in a different city named Quepos. In this treehouse you get a view of the rainforest and all of the wildlife that comes with it, including monkeys, sloths and all sorts of birds. So if you’re an animal lover, you can book this Airbnb treehouse for only $52 per night.

3. Ocean View Luxury Treehouse Loft

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This treehouse loft is located in Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica and can be reserved for only $58 a night. At walking distance from the beach, this loft offers one bedroom, one bath and a large outdoor canopy. The best feature, however, is the view of the sunset that you get along the Pacific Coast.

4. La Jungla Bungalows – Sulawesi

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This treehouse-style bungalow is located in Mompiche, Ecuador and can be booked for a small price of $26 per night. Since Mompiche is such a tiny village, there is no hot water running, however, the tropical weather makes up for it.

5. Hacienda Chan Chan – Farm Bungalow

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Also located in Ecuador, this wooden bungalow lies in the city of Chiquintad, a dairy farm by the mountains. And since this Airbnb is located in a dairy farm, the home offers complimentary yogurt, fruit and bread, all made fresh in the farm.

6. Dome Room in the Sacred Valley

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Located in Písac, Ecuador, this dome-like bungalow offers one bedroom and one bath, along with spectacular views of the gardens and mountains that surround it. The Airbnb can be reserved for the small cost of $32 per night.

7. Stylish Getaway Cabin

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This wooden cabin is located upon a hillside, giving you amazing views of Cusco, Peru. The countryside Airbnb can be reserved for a total of $72 per night. And if you’re looking for more homes in Latin America that you can book for under $100, check these out. 

8. Eco Treehouse, Free Breakfast Included

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This jungle house is located in Bastimento, Panama and be booked for $85 per night. In addition to the sights and sounds of the wildlife that surround the treehouse, you also get a beautiful view of the ocean.

9. Quirky Mountain Cabin Amazing Views

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This adorable little cabin is locate in Nuestra Señora de La Paz, Bolivia. For $29 per night, this Airbnb offers two bedrooms and one bath. Not only do you get a spectacular view of the mountains and valley at this cabin, you also get complimentary breakfast on the mornings of your stay.

10. Beach House in the Trees – Close to Town!

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Located in Utila, Honduras, this Airbnb treehouse gives you a spot-on view of the Caribbean ocean. And with the ocean so close, you are able to take advantage of water activities such as snorkeling.

The cost of this Airbnb is $49 per night.

11. El Nido – Treehouse – The Nest

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This cozy treehouse is located in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. For a total of $79 per night, this Airbnb home gives you access to swings, hammocks and a pool.

12. Whimsical Treehouse on Cacao Farm in Dolphin Bay

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This treehouse is located in Dolphin Bay on the island San Cristobal. If you’re interested in getting a view of dolphins, monkeys and sloths, this is the place to be. And you can reserve the home for only $60 per night.

13. The Potoo Tree House – Private 1 Bedroom Villa

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This antique treehouse is located in Dominical, Costa Rica. As you can somewhat notice from the image above, this treehouse is entirely surrounded by the jungle, specifically 1,000 acres of jungle. I know, breathtaking!!

14. Treehouse With Lake View

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Located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, this treehouse offers two bedrooms and one bath. As captured in the image above, at this home you get a tranquil view of the lake and mountains.

15. Private Tree Cabin O – Steps From Great Surf

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Located in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama, this treehouse studio is just steps away from Paunch Beach. For $47 per night, this Airbnb comes with access to a pool, bar, restaurant and BBQ pit.

16. Beautiful Private Cabin in the Amazon

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If you’re looking to be in the middle of the forest, this Airbnb is the place to be. Located in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, this cabin offers one bedroom and one bath and is set at a cost of $87 per night.

17. The Eagles Lair – Eco – Lodge/ Retreat

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For only $18 per night, yes only $18, this five-star cabin gives you a view of the mountains in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. If you’re trying to get away from the noise and bustle of the city, this is definitely the place to book for your next vacation.

18. The Bird Tower, Nature Lovers Dream

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This treehouse is located in Mindo, Ecuador, in the middle of the Cloud Forest. If you’re a nature photographer looking for a new setting, this is the place to visit next. You can book the Airbnb for a total of $80 per night.

19. The Treehouse at Casa Motmot

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This bamboo-framed treehouse is located in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala. The Guatemalan paradise property offers one bedroom, one bath, and a beautiful view of the forest and lake. You can reserve this Airbnb for only $35 per night.

20. Cabañita a Pocas Cuadras del Centro

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Located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, this cozy cabin offers one bedroom, one bath and complimentary coffee and bread for every morning of your stay. What else can you ask for?

21. Vereda – Palapa Moringa – Dream with Art in Paradise

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This open-concept Airbnb is located in Yelapa, Mexico. It offers two bedrooms, one bath and an amazing view of the surrounding jungle. If you want to fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife, this cabin is ideal.

22. Unique, Cozy Treehouse Up in The San Jose Hills

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This treehouse is located in Escazú, Costa Rica. As seen in the image above, this Airbnb gives you a wide view of the trees and mountains. In addition to waking up to this view every morning, you also get to wake up to complimentary breakfast.

23. Utila Treehouse, Romantic and Lush!

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This hand-crafted treehouse is located in Utila, Honduras. It is a two-story treehouse with two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen and living room area. Even though the treehouse is completely private, it is only a few minutes away from the commercial center.

So, which treehouse or cabin will you be staying at next? 


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Lisa Frank And Hotels.com Created An Apartment That Looks Like The Inside Of Your 3rd Grade Backpack

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Lisa Frank And Hotels.com Created An Apartment That Looks Like The Inside Of Your 3rd Grade Backpack

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Calling all ’90s kids. Was there ever a better feeling in the world than getting a new shimmery, colorful Lisa Frank binder? We all know that one person who had the whole kit; pencils, erasers, notebooks, stickers. Maybe that person was you or maybe they were someone you were always just a little jealous of, whether you admit it or not. It was a rainbow-colored explosion in every elementary and middle school in the ’90s. Yet, Lisa Frank stationery wants to make the experience immersive. You now have a chance to stay in an apartment decorated in the signature rainbow-colored and slightly psychedelic style of the ’90s brand.

The Lisa Frank apartment, a collaboration between Lisa Frank and Hotels.com, screams nostalgia.

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Lisa Frank teamed up with Hotels.com to bring your ’90s backpack to life. Hospitality company Barsala, which specializes in delivering the best value for price to their customers. A lucky few fans will be transported to the wonderful world of fluffy rainbows, unicorns, golden retrievers, and technicolor dolphins. The Lisa Frank-themed penthouse is in the Los Angeles Fashion District in downtown. But if you want to stay there, you better hurry. The room is only available for a couple of weeks this month only.

“We wanted to design a room that celebrates all things ’90s, and nothing screams childhood nostalgia more than these iconic designs,” Adam Jay, president of Hotels.com told Curbed LA.

The bed has Lisa Frank sheets and duvet and there are pillows with the trademark colorful kitties and puppies of the brand.

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The bedroom features a hot-pink four-poster bed with a light-up canopy outfitted with Lisa Frank’s signature chromatic bedding and rainbow-hued curtains. There’s a wall-sized mural featuring some of Lisa Frank’s most iconic designs like the rainbows coming out of fluffy clouds, the bear dressed like an Elton John-styled magician, and all of the animals and characters we remember.

The bathroom is an underwater technicolor oasis with all of the Lisa Frank nautical designs we all recognize.

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The bathroom walls are decorated with Lisa Frank’s underwater scenes that graced out school folders for years. Heart-shaped bubbles, rainbow colored tropical fish, and the famous pink and blue dolphins cover the bathroom walls. It is everything you ever wanted your parents to do for your bedroom and bathroom growing up.

Of course, Lisa Frank’s chromatic animal print collection is on full display in the kitchen. 

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You’ll find a true rainbow color spectrum in this kitchen from bright pink to pale blue and all the colors in between. Lisa Frank’s iconic animal prints come to life on the cupboards. Yellow zebra print, a red leopard print that fades to orange. The best part? The kitchen comes fully stocked with the most iconic vibrant-colored candy from your childhood —like Gushers, Pop-Tarts, Pixy Stix, and Planters Cheez Balls.

Get in touch with your inner pop artist with all the stationery and Lisa Frank goodies you can take home.

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If all the rainbows and colors are making you inspired, next to the lounge area, there’s an office space complete with all the cutesy rainbow Lisa Frank stationery you could ever want. The desk comes supplied with pencils, post-its, notepads and stickers. If ever we wanted to smuggle something out of a hotel room, this is it. 

Guests even get limited edition robes, slippers, and sleep-masks.

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With your booking, you get to take all of the goodies you like. The candy, the stationery, the Lisa Frank-embroidered robes, and slippers, all yours for the rate of $199 a night.

Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person, but the art was a collaborative effort.

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The Lisa Frank brand first rose to prominence in the 1980s and ’90s as purveyors of hyper-bright, animal-centric school supplies, including Trapper Keepers, pencil bags, backpacks, stickers, and stationery. Lisa Frank is a real person and started the company while she was still in college. However, many artists collaborated to design the illustrations. 

“The artwork was a collaborative effort, but it all began with me putting it on paper as a marker rendering,” Rondi Kutz, who was Lisa Frank Inc.’s Senior Designer and Product Development Leader told HelloGiggles. “The concepts came from Lisa, James (her husband), or me, so I can say that some of the characters were my idea and original design. But by the time it went on to an illustrator to redraw it, adding detail, then to a computer artist who rendered it on the computer (which entailed hundreds of hours of work), it had many artists’ stamps on it.” Kutz went on to work at the company until 2002.

Other notable themed properties available to rent (not on Hotels.com) include Bella Swan’s house from “Twilight,” a “Taco Bell inn” pop-up and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Stays at the Lisa Frank Apartment are available only from October 11 through 27. The cost per night is $199 and the room can only be booked through Hotels.com.

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Mexico City Is The Latest City To Fall Victim To Airbnb’s Gentrification

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Mexico City Is The Latest City To Fall Victim To Airbnb’s Gentrification

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When we think about Airbnb, we usually think about holidays. Who hasn’t used an Airbnb? Or, at least, who hasn’t at least thought about using an Airbnb? After all, there are so many benefits to booking an Airbnb: you can reserve a spot that suits you – all through an app – and you can directly communicate directly with the owner of your temporary home. Heck, you can even opt in to living with said owner, and getting to know the real niche, hidden gems of a new location. The fact that your feedback on the accuracy of their listing hangs over their head means that Airbnb owners generally have to be accountable. But, not all is well when it comes to the world of Airbnb. Or, should we say, Airbnb is what’s not right, in some places of the world.

Mexico City has really been feeling the impact of gentrification at the hands of Airbnb.

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about gentrification. Because to be honest, it mostly sounds like a fancy word real estate agents use to convince people to buy up property. And, that’s not too far from the truth. Gentrification is the process where an area – most commonly neighborhoods – become more pricey. This can happen through the introduction of local amenities, property refurbishment and development, or even just simply an increase of demand for housing in a particular area. Most of the time, it’s a combination of these things that feed gentrification. And while this is great for people who own property in gentrified neighborhoods, this is less great for the poor, who eventually get pushed out of the place that they call home.

Local tenants are finding that they’re being pushed out of their homes, while property owners make room for vacationers.

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Where Mexico City is concerned, this has meant that those fortunate – or, wealthy – enough to own property and land have seized on the opportunity that is Airbnb. Local tenants are finding that they’re being pushed out of their homes, while property owners make room for vacationers willing to pay multiple times the average rent price. “Here in the historic center, we are aware of dozens of buildings that used to be social housing or middle-class housing that have now been completely converted into Airbnb. The biggest apartment buildings are being converted into hotels, but when it isn’t possible to change the legal land use, they are converted into Airbnb,” a local resident said in a recent interview with Truthout. 

But Mexico City isn’t the only city suffering from the rise of Airbnb.

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If you thought that this was a problem just for Mexico City, you’d be wrong. Protest posters in Amsterdam read things such as, “Stop the eviction of Amsterdam!” during a December march against the changes Airbnb had brought to the city. Reports from The Guardian say that in 2018, Barcelona received 32 million tourists – which is approximately 20 times the residential population. The city now boasts graffiti saying, “Tourists go home, refugees welcome.”

What’s frustrating locals a lot goes beyond gentrification, into social and cultural shifts.

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Locals are seeing their neighborhoods turn into transitory destinations, rather than a community built on strong relationships. “Before Airbnb, you had neighbors you could depend on. They looked out for you. If you went out of town, they’d get your mail, your paper,” New Orleans resident, Janice Coatney, said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “You just had more of a neighborly neighborhood.” 

However, not all is doom and gloom.

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A few countries have introduced legislation in order to curb the socio-economic changes Airbnb has brought to cities around the world. Barcelona authorities placed a moratorium on new hotels in 2015 – and Airbnb hosts are required to hold a license to operate. It’s now illegal for entire apartments to be rented out for less than 30 days in the city of New York. Amsterdam has a cap on the number of nights that Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments, having reduced that number from 60 to 30. So, policy-wise, these cities are trying to preserve their sense of community, without completely sacrificing their tourism industry.

Another alternative can be found in the aptly-named Fairbnb.

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It’s essentially Airbnb, but with a twist: 50 percent of the revenue made from hosting a visitor is donated to local community projects. Fairbnb has sought to protect neighborhoods by also establishing a “real homesharing” policy – where hosts may only place a maximum of two houses on the Fairbnb market.

Ultimately, though, while we can see the buds of change beginning to blossom, it may be a while yet before it takes root in these gentrified neighborhoods. Here’s hoping that Mexico City won’t suffer too much from the strain of both migration and tourism.