Total distance travelled: 37,669.3 kilometres (23,397.08 miles)
Who as a child had, or yearned for a treehouse? Perhaps it’s a boy thing, but it was certainly something I always harboured a desire for, but sadly never acquired.
Fast forward twenty years, present me with the opportunity to indulge the inner child, and suddenly we find ourselves on a free shuttle from Granada and out to Poste Rojo. The more complete name of this place, Treehouse Poste Rojo.
We first got wind of this place through Chris & Rikki, that Australian couple we spent plenty of time with back in Tulum, Caye Caulker and even from Flores to Semuc Champey.
A couple of enticing Facebook pictures had us asking questions, and although it was well over a month after these friends had visited that we finally got to Nicaragua, forget it we had not.
Our free shuttle had collected us from the Bearded Monkey Hostel in Granada, where it appeared we would be the only arrivals for that particular day (nobody else had joined us in the shuttle).
On arrival, we found a posse of mixed nationalities all checking out that morning, who advised us that the place was nice and to enjoy the climb that lay ahead of us.
5-10 hot and sweaty minutes later we’d completed the ascent, laden with our packs it certainly felt an achievement for sure!
We were offered several accommodation options, with both dorms and privates available, but given our setting, there was really only one option we considered… hammocks!
Situated on a roofed, yet open aired platform, we figured this would give us a wonderful opportunity to experience any local wildlife both at night and in the morning to come, and if nothing else made the whole experience feel a little more adventurous.
There were a couple of New Zealanders present, who call Sydney home, but otherwise, there were no other guests which other than offer fewer conversation options, it did at least mean the place was really nice and relaxed!
Food is also available, although we’d felt particularly thrifty and had brought our own ingredients enabling us to cook.
The approach here seems a little different, and undoubtedly more social where they only offer one meal for dinner, and it is all cooked at once and eaten together, helping staff and guests to get to know one another which we thought a nice touch (although given the paltry number of guests, this wasn’t really a difficulty at this time anyway).
An afternoon of relaxing in hammocks (possibly preparing ourselves for the night to come), was followed by a lovely sunset from our elevated place amongst the trees.
A nice way to round out the day with a cold beer and some spicy pasta!
The night that followed actually got a lot colder than expected, so much so that the provided blanket wasn’t to be enough, so Sarah brought her sleeping bag into play (I somewhat foolishly soldiered on with just the blanket).
Cold it may have been, but it certainly was a pretty amazing place to wake up in!
It was made an even more memorable experience when before long we spied our first Howler monkeys since we’d arrived.
At first it was only from afar, as they swung around some visible, yet still fairly distant trees.
Over time however, they got ever closer, and before long they were clambering around us, as well as above us, a wonderful mix of older monkeys as well as some young!
Had we not additional plans, we’d have stayed for at least some additional time, no question.
But as it was, we had places to be, so after a delicious breakfast of pancakes with caramelised pineapple, we had the morning to ourselves to relax, before both us and the other couple (who were also leaving this same day) took the offered free shuttle back to Granada.
* There are options for privates and dorms, but we decided to fully embrace the setting and opted for hammocks ($7.00 US per person per night) out on one of the elevated platforms.
* The treehouse runs a FREE shuttle once a day to and from Granada (the shuttle runs from the hostel, Bearded Monkey) at around midday. You’ll need to reserve a seat through the hostel in advance.