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A view of the west side of La Cara de Indio treehouse.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Before Columbus, yuquiyu would have been the Taino name of a secretive place like this one

where tame human voices fall silent in the wild presence of overgrown beauty

Margarita Engle

 

The Treehouses at Yuquiyú Rainforest Retreat are inspired by the small, wooden houses common in Puerto Rico over a century ago. Built on the side of a canyon, our humble dwellings float on pillars among the trees in the foothills of El Yunque rainforest. A footbridge leads from the trail to floor level, avoiding the need for a ladder or stairway. The main room is a 12' x 12' square with windows opening onto expansive views of our healing garden. A balcony offers a view of a cascading river and a panorama of the rainforest. The treehouses are set in one of the most scenic areas of the property — an outcropping of massive boulders. Above are three terraces that produce organic herbs, vegetables and fruits for our curative kitchen; below is the canyon and the river, where swimming in a natural pool is a rejuvenating experience. Come play in a treehouse and reawaken your senses in harmony with nature.

 

Building Yuquiyú…

 

La Cara de Indio treehouse

 

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La Cara de Indio (The Indian Face) treehouse as seen from above.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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A view of the west side of the treehouse as seen from the trail.
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A view of the north side of the treehouse, with bonsai by Rootsman.
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A view of the garden.
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A view to the south through the balcony doorway.
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The balcony.
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The treehouse as seen from below.
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A view of the east side of the treehouse.
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A distant view of the east side of the treehouse.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

La Lluvia bathhouse

 

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La Lluvia (The Rain) bathhouse as seen from below.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The bathhouse as seen from the trail leading down from El Mirador treehouse.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The bathhouse as seen from above.
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Entry to the bathhouse.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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A view to the right of the entry.
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Travertine partition with a sink on the entry side and a shower on the opposite side.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The rainwater shower illuminated by the morning sun.
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A view of the rainforest from the shower.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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A small balcony in front of the shower is a place to sit and dry off in the sun.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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A view of El Yunque Peak from the balcony.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

El Mirador treehouse

 

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El Mirador (The Lookout) treehouse as seen from one of the agricultural terraces.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The treehouse, with pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) in the foreground.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The treehouse as seen from below.
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A view from the balcony.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

La Cascada treehouse

 

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La Cascada treehouse.
Photo: Fayah Gonzalez.

 

A typical Puerto Rican house of over a century ago.
Photo: Rodriguez Archives, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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