The Galapagos Islands is a vast reserve of wildlife as well as a charming tourist destination.
What’s more, there is a treehouse situated in San Cristobal Island that’s a popular tourist destination and has a sort of dark past associated with it.
It costs only $2 to visit the inside of the treehouse that is surely one of the strangest overnight lodgings in the entire world.
Watch to learn more about it below!
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If you look at the facility from the road, you can notice a huge kapok tree adjacent to a small elevated structure.
These trees, most of which are above two centuries old, are a wonder in themselves. A single tree here supports more variety of wildlife than a large stretch of land.
This kapok tree has an age of above 200 years and is believed to have arrived with the very first settlers of the area who reached here at the start of the 19th century.
The nearest town, known as El Progreso, was a part of the colonization of the area in the early 1800’s.
This area was colonized by a businessman from Ecuador who started producing and exporting animal oil products, sugar, coffee and orange crops from here.
The businessman constructed the first road in the area and even started a railway network to transport his goods.
However, the workers of his company were treated even worse than slaves and corporal punishment of the worst degree was a routine for the ones who failed to work up to the mark.
The cruel businessman tied the poor workers to this tree to be whipped and even lynched.
According to the locals, they can still hear voices crying, yelling and even the sounds of rattling chains emerging from the tree.
In the early 1980’s, Cornejo Ubillus, from Quit, Ecuador, came to the island and was captivated by the beauty of the area. He bought the place and planned to make it a fully functional treehouse.
Cornejo and his engineer friend partnered up to develop the place using recycled materials and things that fall off the ships and wash ashore, such as lifeboats.
They also asked for the help of the locals to get materials like used glass bottles and other stuff like metal sheets etc.
What they made was a treehouse with a functional kitchen, plumbing, electric supply and bunk beds.
The facility also has a zip line between trees, an emergency fire exit from the upper story, a small pool with geese and a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
If you want to take a friend with you on the treehouse adventure, you can rent an elevated guesthouse that’s made of a lifeboat that washed ashore, probably after falling off a cargo ship.
The best part of the treehouse is the basement that’s made inside the trunk of the tree. It has a crushed lava stone floor for positive energy, equipped with plumbing, and even has some artworks in it.
You can rent the treehouse for $20 a night and if you just want to visit it, the entry ticket would cost a mere $2.