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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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Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta Has Long Been An LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destination And Here’s Why

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the favorite Mexican tourist destinations of the LGBT community. There are hotels, bars, nightclubs, beaches, and even drinks specifically for LGBT travelers, and due to the safety and welcoming environment for these guests, it is the first city in Mexico to receive the Gay Travel Approved distinction by GayTravel.com.

But why PV? What made Vallarta Mexico’s top gay destination?

Let’s start back at the beginning.

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In the south of Puerto Vallarta you will find the “Old Town,” also called “The Romantic Zone,” the tourist area favored by expats and foreigners who want to soak up local traditions. The Old Puerto Vallarta is also considered the gay neighborhood since 1980, when the gay community and retired Canadians and Americans bought land and properties in order to create gay-friendly businesses. Today there’s a wide variety of attractions with this focus, including bars, restaurants, stores, nightclubs, and both budget and boutique hotels.

In this zone is nestled the popular beach Playa de los Muertos, which, although not exclusively gay, for the last 20 years has been known as a gay-friendly beach (also called Blue Chairs, because of the many blue chairs placed by a gay resort which bears the same name), mainly in the high season, from November to March.

Why is this pristine beach the LBGT meeting point? Because the gay-friendly beachfront hotels in the area causes—and guarantees—a concentration of LGBT tourists, bringing a multicultural ambience where members of this community will be respected without discrimination. In the morning they can socialize and enjoy the party atmosphere, and in the afternoon walk holding hands under the dazzling sunset, in a romantic atmosphere free of hostility. Such is the high demand for LGBT-friendly vacation spots that the area has been extended to include the green chairs and as far as the north coast, in the elegant Oceano Sapphire Beach Club, owned by gays.

But it’s about more than just the beach.

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Unlike certain countries, laws against homosexuality never existed in Mexico. There is, however, a strong macho culture and religious influence which disapproves it—nonetheless the locals show respect. Under these circumstances, the growing community has led LGBT organizations to work to promote a change of culture in the pursuit of equality. Their work has gotten results: they have achieved recognition of gay rights, and implemented laws against the provocation and incitement of hate or violence against LGBTs, and also to guarantee equality in employment and public accomodation and services. Even more, in 2013 Puerto Vallarta legalized civil union between LGBT couples, followed by same-sex marriage in 2016.

This city organized its first Gay Pride March, and has hosted the Pink & Proud Women’s Party—the equivalent lesbian celebration—for the last four years, with assistance from the local Canadian and American communities. The multiple events in support of the LGBT community have marked out Puerto Vallarta as the “Mexican San Francisco.”

Now, there’s a giant and flourishing LGBTQ tourism industry that welcomes people from around the world.

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For the last 10 years, the number of LGBT visitors has increased in Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco, and in order to meet demand, the number of LGBT-friendly resorts and touristic attractions has also increased. Now three of every 10 hotels in Puerto Vallarta are LGBT-friendly, and most also offer weddings and other symbolic ceremonies.

Bars, nightclubs and other amenities are already focused on this market, and there are also tours—like the Gay VIP Bars Tour—and even drinks—like the Gay Tequila and the Gay Energy Drink—to make these guests feel extra welcome. As a result, Puerto Vallarta now hosts International LGBT Business Expos, with important conferences and events, including fashions shows, beach parties and music festivals to celebrate this booming market.

Puerto Vallarta remains the gateway to Mexico for many LGBTQ travelers.

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Some other cities have recognized the demand, and are now attempting to attract LGBT tourism to their destinations. Puerto Vallarta is not letting it happen: diverse businesses—no matter the sexual preference—are joining forces to create organizations to promote this targeted brand of tourism. The market gives consumers what they want, and they have identified this growing target and will not let it go.

Beyond the marketing, Puerto Vallarta became a platform to support gay rights, and the LGBT community knows it and feels welcome here. What really keeps the LGBT community hitting Puerto Vallarta is the activism, respect, and freedom they find in this beautiful paradise.

This Firefly Forest Is A One Of A Kind Destination And It’s Just Outside Mexico City

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This Firefly Forest Is A One Of A Kind Destination And It’s Just Outside Mexico City

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Have you ever travelled somewhere on the advice of someone else? No advertising, no nothing – just the idea of a great experience? Well, the little town of Nanacamilpa in Mexico has had so many tourists stop by, it’s stoppedadvertising its main tourist draw to try to slow the flow of people into the hamlet. And, do you know why there are so many people coming to Nanacamilpa? Fireflies.

There’s more to this story than just bugs.

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What Nanacamilpa promises is more than just seeing some insects in action. Well okay, actually, that’s exactly what it promises. Past the farmland that borders Nanacamilpa is a blanket of forest – and that’s where the fireflies can be found. It’s hard using just words to bring justice to the event that is firefly viewing. But suffice to say that if it’s the middle of the night, and all you’ve got for light is the night sky above you, seeing these tiny critters seemingly suspended and glowing all around you is an otherworldly experience.

If you plan on visiting the fireflies, you’ll need to follow a few important rules.

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Generally speaking, there is an etiquette for viewing fireflies. No talking, and no use of lights. That’s right, you’re not to use your phone while you’re out chilling with the fireflies: no taking selfies for the clout. Whether visitors obey these rules is another story – they’re only really enforced by requests from the local tour guides that take groups out to see the fireflies. And while, for the moment, the presence of people haven’t seemed to bother the fireflies too much, it remains to be seen what the long term impacts of this environmental tourism will have on the Nanacamilpa firefly population. 

Where the locals are concerned, the fireflies have had quite a positive impact on the community.

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If you were to visit Nanacamilpa just five years ago, you would have found the place pretty much empty. The only people in the area would have been locals. Nowadays, roughly 100,000 tourists visit between mid-June to mid-August to catch a glimpse of the area’s friendly fireflies, which has served as a windfall for what was previously a chronically poor region. In just 2013 alone, 51,000 visitors came to Nanacamilpa. Two years later, that number jumped to 77,000 – and most visitors were coming through the July-August period.

Firefly tourism has completely changed the lives of nearby residents forever.

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In fact, for a while there, the locals struggled to keep up with the influx of travelers. 2013 saw food shortages in the Nanacamilpa restaurants, and any accommodation in the area had been completely booked out. This was fixed pretty quickly, though – hotels began appearing around town, and even in the forest. And, registered tour operators burgeoned from the four existing in 2012 to 33 in 2019. Which is just as well – last year saw 91,000 visitors to the fireflies! They’ve now become the state’s second most important draw, behind cultural tourism. Needless to say, business is booming, and firefly tourism has changed the lives of Nanacamilpa locals for the better.

But, there is a downside to this influx of tourists. 

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It’s never so cut and dry with these kinds of things. As much as it’s great that Nanacamilpa is seeing money come its way, environmental scientists have expressed concerns about the impact visitors might have on the fireflies. However, there’s so much that’s unknown about the fireflies, that it’s hard to make any concrete judgments about what’s best for the little glowing bugs. It’s yet to even be determined what kind of impact light and chemical pollution has on the fireflies – or if they have an effect on them, at all.

Sadly, with so many visitors, the firefly population is under threat.

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That being said, there is a major threat to the Nanacamilpa firefly population that everyone should know about: the female fireflies … can’t fly. We know – it’s in the name, firefly. Anyway, obviously both females and males are needed for the fireflies to continue populating the region with their glowing butts. The risk in the females being unable to fly is that it’s a lot easier for unsuspecting visitors to accidentally step on the tiny fireflies. Even worse – without the ability to fly, they don’t have the capacity to easily escape from harm.

It’s not all bad news, though. Firefly tourism has become important in other countries, such as Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Malaysia. It’s entirely possible that, even though different variations of fireflies live there, they may have developed their own model for balancing conservation with tourism. Let’s just hope that something more substantial can be implemented in Nanacamilpa to protect the fireflies, before it’s too late.

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